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xerox 16 ( +1 | -1 )
Wich defense is the best? I wonder if there is a " best" defense. By the fact that I'm still youth(18), I don't specialize in a defense. I play al kinds of defenses. Is this a good choice?
judokausa 194 ( +1 | -1 )
defenses I am sure you will get a lot of suggestions but in reality there is no best defense. There are many good defenses each with their own ideas and purpose. Using a lot of openings is fine as long as you learn what each opening does to address basic opening principles.

The most aggressive defenses against e4 are the Sicilian but that takes some memorization for use OTB. The french, caro-kann, pirc, center-counter are all good choices. Each of these openings has their problems and advantges. Some good choices against d4 are the Slav (semi-slav), king's indian, queen's indian, dutch, Nimzo-indian.
Openings to avoid are the off-beat lines. While they may catch people off guard and the excitment of winning a quick game is addicting they often fail as you move up the chess ladder. Most advanced players will just take advantage of your waste of time. you might not be blown off the board but you will lose time and time again.

I feel that the most important thing for beginners (those under 1800 Elo, including myself) is to learn the general principles of the opening and apply them. After this point it would be wise to start learning (as some GM's have told me OWN an opening) that fits your style.

My chess coach [a strong (OTB) master] suggested that I learn the French and King's Indian complexes (message me if you want this explained) to help learn about thematic central pawn breaks. I do play around with other openings here but that is because I am experimenting with various positions and opening lines for the future. Especially against d4 since against the high rated players the KI is more or less busted positionally which generally means a loss in CC chess.

good luck in your chess career.
caldazar 249 ( +1 | -1 )
In general I agree with judokausa regarding the importance of learning plans, principles, and ideas rather than specific opening lines. However, I would also like to caution against adhering to themes in the opening too closely. Following principles all the time isn't necessarily much better than following specific opening lines, and sometimes you'll miss your chance to break out of typical patterns if your mind is only focused on the particular themes of your opening choice.

The following over-the-board tournament game of mine illustrates my point vividly; it also shows that I clearly need to be a lot less lazy in my opening play:

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[Black "caldazar"]
[Result "*"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.g3 Qb6 12.exf6 Bb7 13.Bg2 0-0-0 14.0-0 c5 15.d5 b4 16.Na4 Qb5 17.dxe6 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Qc6+ 19.Kg1

{A criticial position. One of the main lines of play here is 19. f3 Qxe6 20. Qc2 Ne5 21. Rae1 Rd4 with an interesting struggle. During the game, I never even stopped to seriously consider a followup to 18... Qc6+ other than 19... Qxe6. That's the type of maneuver one plays in this position, after all. But I should have been more alert. After all, the move White played looks more natural; 19. f3 looks superficially weakening and f3 is a nice home for the White queen, not a lowly pawn, so why is 19. f3 in the theory books but not 19. Kg1? If I had bothered to think as hard about the position as I did in the post-mortem, I would have discovered that 19. f3 has two benefits in this position, namely that with 19. f3, the f1-rook exerts control over f3 and the second rank is cleared so that the queen can be posted to defend h2.}


{"No problem. After 20. Qf3 Kc7 21. Rfe1 Qc6, the queens will come off and after White plays Rad1, I have to be careful about my d7-knight but we'll reach a pretty typical position." So lazy. If I had bothered to understand why 19. f3 is better than 19. Kg1, namely that 19. Kg1 does nothing to cover the weaknesses on f3 and h2, I probably would have been able to find the way to exploit my opponent's weak play with 19... Ne5!, threatening both 20...Rxd1 and 20... Nf3+, mating. Then, White would have been forced to play 20. Qxd8+ Kxd8 21. e7+ Ke8 22. exf8Q+ Kxf8 23. f4 Nf3+ 24. Rxf3 Qxf3 with a pleasant game for Black. And a pretty forcing continuation to boot; not at all difficult to figure out if only I'd bothered to think about the position in front of me rather than relying on general themes.}

20. Qf3 Kc7 21. Rfe1 Qc6 22. Bf4+ Kb7 23. Qxc6+ Kxc6 24. Rad1 *
judokausa 113 ( +1 | -1 )
Nice combo You know you bring up an excellent point. One of the things that really frustrates me is finding the correct plan after we leave the book. Sometimes the move is based on an "obvious" motif other times it is based on strategical ones. (I lost a french game otb by an opening error and letting my opponent get a knight posted into e5. I had a revenge game a week later and won it though.)You bring up an excellent point. Know WHY the moves are made in a particular opening. Start from the first and move on from there. This becomes more complex as one progresses through the chess ranks. I am a vicitm of this as well, it is often to easy to just replay the opening lines provided and not really ask why they are being made. I often like playing lower rated players because they challenge me to find a "refutation" once they deviate from an opening line.
[funny enough Kasparov played e4-Bc4-Qh5 in against someone in a simul. It loses the opening advantage for white but there is no out right refutation so black is forced find his own plan based strictly on principle.]
koenba 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Attack As Julius Caesar once said:"The best defence is the attack".

I believe in chess it is also applicable.

Put your opponent unther presiure with a well organized attack.
macheide 13 ( +1 | -1 )
xerox Dear friend,

To me, the best defense is the one that makes you to feel and play better. It is a matter of tastes.

Best regards.
hoss 21 ( +1 | -1 )
best defense by percentages

great website for to answer your question
hoss 28 ( +1 | -1 )
sorry the link dosen't work but i was at the page when i wrote the previous reply
if you do a search for chess opening statistics you will find it
the site breaks down all openings by percent win loss and draw and gives a best black opening table at the end among others
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asano234 79 ( +1 | -1 )
gambits are best. the french defense is nice to play against e4 and helps improve your positional understanding.however the scandinavian defense is well worth a go as you are playing for the win from the word go.once you get your eye in as an attacking player your results will improve.against d4 i fully recommend a kings indian setup and if allowed a benko gambit as this is a very solid way to play and i have had some great results in over the board tournaments with strongest victory was against a 2200 player with it and i won with the benko.its ideas are easy to learn and exchanges tend to favour black not white dispite being a pawn down.which would not usually be the case but pal benko knew what he was at when he started playing it.good hunting.
nimzoredivivus 76 ( +1 | -1 )
It is all opinion Objectively there is no best defense. Especially at
an amateur level. Play what you like and have fun.
Learn the principles of each opening (Reuben Fine's
"Ideas Behind the Chess Openings" helps here) and
then play what suits you. Personally I like Owen's
Defense against e4. Probably because I am fond of
the Queen Fianchetto for the potential attacking
chances against the kingside. At the GM level
Owen's is probably not best, but at our level you
can get some nice wins with it. I also like the
Latvian Gambit for the fireworks. Philidor's is solid,
but somewhat cramped; if you can make it to the
endgame, though, you usually have a plus. Most
importantly, play the opening that produces
positions you feel comfortable with.
indiana-jay 170 ( +1 | -1 )
Yes, all the answers are correct for their own reason. You have a good choice there: play all the defenses. But along with this, find out why each move is done (understand positional/opening principles). And you’re not the only one who determines the defense type, anyway.

No one was born and proficient in every aspect of the game. Some only knows opening principles, some with endgame expertise, some with abundant playing EXPERIENCE, some with extra-ordinary INTELIGENCE. Our capacity and our opponent capacity determine what is best for a defense choice. If the 3 (1 and 2 are actually THEORY) above apply to you, you must be a GM already.

Everyone favor their own defense for their own reason. For me, the choice is whether I want a “positional” game or a “sharp” game. For/between good enough players, being on black side is always helpless, that’s why choosing a “sharp” game is preferable because white and black have equal chance. KING’S INDIAN is a defense of choice. There are many possibilities of sharp games here. If both players are of “attacking player” type, Black may attack on the King side, and White on the Queen side.

With abundant analysis on openings/endings and games, for TOP rated players, I think an “open” game is the only choice. Otherwise, they will start the game by saying: “Alright, let’s start the game with until the 40th move of X opening variant”, and after a few moves, “Well, how about a draw?”
indiana-jay 23 ( +1 | -1 )
Almost all good players start playing chess in their childhood. Being 18 years old with 2 years playing experience, been rated for 1800+ is promising. You must be smart. Good luck there!