20 ( +1 | -1 ) ...the najdorf......of course.just look at my name.One time, while playing the black side of a sicilian,i sprang a novelty(!!) but went astray and was eventually unsprung by my opponent who called my variation the "frodjan".....
34 ( +1 | -1 ) Brunetti..."Board don't hit back" a quote from Bruce Lee after an opponent chopped a board in half with his hand before the tournament... Some can say "Im a jack of all trades" but I am still trying to become a Master at some... The Musician in me is the closest... Chess is running a close second... I would name a third one but I am on a cease-fire agreement...
34 ( +1 | -1 ) The Sveshnikov SicilianThe Sveshnikov (properly spelled) is a dynamic opening for black; it shows no sign of being played out, despite intense analysis by strategists. The secret of its success is that if Black is not worse, he is usually better. It offers a challenge for black to be on his toes. There is no middle ground. 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 f5 11.Bd3 Be6 12.Qh5 Above considered Main Line
87 ( +1 | -1 ) Only problemThe only problem with Sveshnikov is that there are some lines that black can only win if white is also playing for a win. Opening has been analysed so deeply it's hard for black to win if white just wants a draw. I guess that's true of a lot of other openings. The last time I played the Sveshnikov against a player rated lower than me, he played a line that surely lead to a draw - unless black is willing to make inferior moves in the hope of outplaying his opponent. I really like the Sveshnikov but now only play it against players rated no more than 100 points lower than me. I also like the French defense, but there are also drawish lines there. Against a player rated well below you, maybe the Pirc or Modern is a good try - because the lines are so nebulous.
128 ( +1 | -1 ) nottop....interesting idea, I just started studying openings a few months ago and I never thought of playing different openings against different rated players until just recently. I discovered this while playing in a local club I just joined. Here on gameknot I tend to play strong players and choose solid openings, especially with such long time controls. But over-the-board, specialy against lower rated players, I found that gambits are extremely strong openings, as the pawn usually isn't even a factor, since most amateur games are decided by a blunder. Plus... gaining a lead in development, or taking the initiative from white seems to be more than enough compensation for the pawn.
I finally discovered this, because I was getting frustrated playing boring games which led to draws against players who are lower-rated than me, so I am beginning to understand what you mean about choosing different openings against different level players. For example I love to play the sicilian dragon over the board against ho-hum players, but I would almost never play it against a master...He would probably wipe me off the board with tactics!!!
4 ( +1 | -1 ) When I chooseit's the sveshnikov for corr. and dragon for blitz.