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usethepawn 20 ( +1 | -1 )
favourite openings my favourite opening (and my most sucessful opening) would be the Ruy Lopez, classical (Cordel) defence or
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. Nxe5 Bxf2+
what are some other players favourite openings?
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wellhairedbeast 36 ( +1 | -1 )
My favourite Openings are scotch game, vienna gambit and Retis opening.

My favourite Defenses are caro-kann, latvian gambit, and indian defenses but ive also been experimenting with the slav.

I experiment with new openings once in a while as it forces me to think harder tactically as im not just following a line so it helps to freshen my play up.
ccmcacollister 293 ( +1 | -1 )
My Fav for blitz now ... is also making the most points for me at it. Which is the Center Game! Strangely enough. 1.e4 e5 2.d4 !?
A nice thing about it for blitz is that you can play 2. d4 against anything, except the Alekhines Defense (1...Nf6), just automatically. The only "good" reply to 2.d4 is 2...exd4 giving up the center tho. Then I go with 3.Nf3 and often get the response of 3... c5 , which I think is just horrible for them, tho I was responding wrong for awhile with 4.Bc4 until somebody finally opened my eyes by playing 4... b5! , a "poisoned pawn" that can not be taken due to ...Qa5+ .
So a little revamping resulted in the change to 4.c3! against ...c5. Which I really enjoy, for I feel it puts then into a Goring Gambit where Black has played rather badly. Indeed some opp's will note that at this point, an spend some time here looking at the hole which gapes at their d5 square. I think they are right to worry, since Black just holds with Good play against the Goring [which I think, This is Not ! IMO] .
In the main, both the Goring & Scotch transpositions from the Center Game yield space, mobility, development and open lines! What more can a WT blitzer ask for!?
{Lest someone speak out to utter "Um, Soundness ?", let me remind them "Hey, this is for Blitz !! "}
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If they really wanted to try to hold onto that pawn, it would seem that the way to try would be with 3...Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bc5 and then ...Nc6 etc. Similar to White's play in one line vs the Center-Counter Game (aka Scandinavian Opening 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bc4 Bg4 5.f3 Bf5 or Bc8 most commonly 6.Nc3 ) However, in that
case I am very fond of 3... Bb4+ 4.c3 dxc3 5.bxc3 !? rather than the Nxc3 since pawn takes kicks the BL Bishop and permits a timely Qb3 if desired, ala Evans Gambit in nature.
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If they don't play ...c5, then usually something passive like ....d6 is played. (...Bc5 is probably a bit better, surely more active. ) and then 4.Nxd4 goes into a nice Scotch Game if not in a Goring mood. Which has the nice feature that 4....Nf6 can
be answered by 5.Bc4 and if 5....Nxe4 6.Bxf7? Kxf7 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Qd5+ and 9.Qxe4 or by a typical 5.Nc3. Options making it fun, and reusuable for repeats vs the same opponent.
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Anyway, that's my Fav for now. Along with the Kurjatko Gambit vs 1. d4 Nf6 2.c4 b5 !? , but unfortunately I still can't play it good ! So mostly alternating between playing a standard King's Indian interchanged with a Franco-Benoni 1.d4 c5 !? 2.d5
e5 . Which one would think to have One-up on a normal King's Indian, since BL can play Nge7 in it rather then Nf6 and so have saved tempo when he plays his eventual ... f5. But somehow it doesnt seem to give any particular advantage, and
ends up just being Something Different to play. At least for me, anyway. So as not to characterize the KI as a Blitz only opening however, it was also my postal Chess
mainstay for over 10 years and held up very well. (Except maybe That-One-Pesky- Variation ! But White's got to win a few huh?! Just to keep em coming back with 1.d4 !?, lest it be abandoned. [:-)
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killbasa 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Kings Gambit and Vienna game are probably my favorite for White.
On Black I tend to like Petrov's Defense or if queenside play, Polish/Solosky Defense has become a fun one I like to play.