I confess - I spend too much time looking at openings. I study one opening - play it at the club and when I lose I switch to something else, and then another,and another, and after a long time I still haven't picked a repertoire.
Is there a simple, bare-bones repertoire for a club player where I can sit at the board with some confidence, some preparation - not even an advantage - and just play chess?
I'm in the chess opening rabbit hole and need a commitment to something that isn't overwhelming.
Thanks for any input.
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Very good free training database chess software
http://scid.sourceforge.net/ you can also get pgn files from
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Can anyone suggest a line for white against Benko Gambit?
I know plans from black side but confused which line is fine for white to hold.
I just do not feel comterble with g3 lines bec black's put so much pressure and I cant handle it well.
I like the e4 Bxf1 line now.
I need suggestions as white because I am preparing d4 too.
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My coach plays this rossolimo for white and when I said him about your courses he again find a very interesting idea white doesnt play Qd2 white plays Qc1 it is against f5 and then he plays a3 Na4 b3 c3 Nb2 and when I chekched it with engine it was 0.08 but when I started blitz games in chess.com i understood that it is very hard to play with black... So what we must plays with Qc1 and after some moves a3 and then b4?
During the last webinar, I asked if you know about Bh7 sacrifice, and as there were many "no" answers, today's daily game is dedicated to that topic.
The 1st position. We take 1.Bh7 Kh7 and 2.Ng5!
Can you try to calculate all opponents answers? a. Kh8 b.Kg8 c. Bg5 d.Kg6 e.Kh6
The 2nd position.
Can we go Bh7 again, or Ng5 at first?
The 3rd position. How to continue the attack?
The best answers will get MoodCoins as always!
Great video series on the Rossolimo against 4. Bc6. What do you recommend if white plays 4. 0-0 instead?
IM Christof Sielecki in his book Keep it simple 1.e4 recommended 4. 0-0 and after 4...Bg7 he recommends 5. Re1.
I have been getting this variation over the board much more frequently than 4. Bc6 against 1900+ players and I am not sure what to do with black.
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Hi guys I hope you all are doing well in chess. I have a question regarding some lines. So I need some suggestions.
I am a positional player but I do play e4. I am a alapin player against Sicilian and my score is quite +80%.
Today I decided to switch to d4 because I wanna learn more pawn formations and d4 is both tactical and positional I think.
I need suggestions about which setup to choose against
1. Nimzo Indian ( I like to the games of f3 e3 line played in recent top chess ) is it okay for me?
2. Against direct f5 on move one. ( I played Nc3 against direct f5) Is it fine approach? My point is to get e4 as fast as I can.
3. King's Indian ( I never studied any games of this lines so pure beginner in this field. I need a promising positional setup not super sharp because I am still on the way to improve my calculation level and due to lack of time I think I can focus on positional chess first and when I will get more time after my future job I will start focus on calculation.
4. Against slav or semi slav ( I normally play exchange queen's gambit ) and my ideas are clear about the pawn formations and pawn levers and typical ideas.
5. Against Gruenfeld? ( I never studied this line but I like the games of Russian System) I do not know plans but I like my pawn center and then passed d pawn . Any suggestions about it?
6. I am a benko gambit player from black's side and I do not know which setup is fine for white against benko. I prefer to play the e4 Bxf1 Kxf1 g3 Kg2 Nf3 Re1 Re2 lines. but still thinks it's passive so I need an idea against it. I also do not like to play passive positions like legendary Kramnik can . I meant g3 Bg2 ideas I do not like because I can not play e4 and another thing is sometimes black's pressure along a6-f1 is tremendous and force white to play e4 and then he black attacks the d3 square and so on. So that's all I know.
I do not know if there are more lines still left against d4 .I seriously need help because I have bunch of books but I need promising ideas. All the variations which I like above is because of the lastest GM's games except against dutch I learnt the idea of rapid e4 from some nice positional lessons of Varuzhan Akobian.
Thanks for all the future suggestions. I am happy to be the part of this family.
Another crutial thing is that I am only 1465 FIDE rated and another thing is online I am above 2000.I do not play events due to lack of time but preparing at home and hoping to come back to events one day and also there is no club near to my home. Nearest club is 200 miles from my home. So this bothers my level .
Now I have an hr daily for chess studies even after work. So, for this purpose I chose to start a book which will teach me how to think properly because when I think I face vision issues in some positions and also blindspot. I head of ( Pump up your rating ) this book from many other players so I thought to give it a try. But the starting of this book is making me super confused about improvement in chess.
This para is bottom confused me. If absorbing knowledge is not matter that how can one improve in chess? I am going to read this book completely no matter how many month it will take but I also need some suggestions about improvement. Before this book I already finished ( The complete chess workout by Richard Palisher) this book. I can't afford coaching so I prefer self study programme. I also do not have good internet so I can't watch free lessons on this web or on youtube.
many ambitious players is that they focus on knowledge.
A good chess player is not someone with well-defined knowledge, but rather one with great
from 1000-1400 solve tactics most of the time , do yusupov build up your series 1,2,3 , silman endgame book
from 1400-1800 solve much harder tactics , solve studies do yusupov boost up your series 1,2,3 take any old classical book according to your style