Chess with Recidivism102
I'm making a new thread because I think I have improved significantly and I'm using different openings. If you remind me that you beat me in one of the old threads I'll add you to the OP
Challenge me here, or discuss chess
Germ: https://lichess.org/wvOrjQGoQTBg (Scotch Game)
Arisuu: https://lichess.org/f81DmBfG/white#0 (Scotch Game)
ErzaScarlet: https://lichess.org/fb8NJaEGwSEP (Bird Opening)
BillStickers: https://lichess.org/mUNySVer/white#10 (Queens Gambit)
Anon 1: https://lichess.org/f49OA3B7/black (Bishop's Opening, Berlin Defense)
Shamu: https://lichess.org/raBtwF4V/white#51 (Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense. I used a Colle System setup against it as white)
Giga13: https://lichess.org/C9BZIYnS/white#15 (Queen's Gambit Declined: 4. Bg5 Be7)
GG, that's what I get for not playing for 6 months. Botching king with 1 pawn endings.
On the back of two of the better games I've ever played:
Here are some things I've learned:
Learing openings is very important. Not because you are going to play your opening perfectly below master level, but because having a familiar strategy from the get-go will translate into more wins.
As white I play the Queen's Gambit. I prefer it when the gambit is accepted and Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation is my favorite and most played opening (80% win rate). I am very comfortable with it and have some trap lines memorized, so I am often able to win swiftly in this opening by attacking the queen side aggressively.
However, I am familiar with the declined variations and many of the defense variations as well.
In uncommon defenses like the horwitz or indian game, or against defenses I am unfamiliar with, I will pivot into a colle system by default with the long term goal of advancing the e pawn and controlling the center.
As black, I play a variation of alekhine's defese against all e4 openings. The goal of this unorthodox opening is to control the center with your knights and tempt your opponent into over extending their pawn structure, allowing you to flank and undermine it. It is an aggressive hypermodern counterattack, a lot of fun to play, and forces the common ruy lopez and italian game players to play an opening they are likely completely unfamiliar with.
Against d4 I will play an indian game. If they try to play it like a queen's gambit anyway, I play the mexican defense. The mexican defense is a slight inaccuracy, but it is similar to the alekhine defense so I employ it for the same reason.
Against the english opening, I alternate between the symmetrical variation and the kramniv-shirnov counterattack. I've had success with both and haven't decided between them yet.
In general, I like to try to control the center with my knights before my pawns. Given the opportunity I will always play aggressively or counterattack, but otherwise I will play with the long term goal of weakening my opponents pawn structure while solidifying my own, and exploiting those weaknesses late game.