chess game against computer

Chess Game Against Computer

Tag and you will discover!
Nutty name, real matters
[ Sign up | Log in | Guest ] (beta)
raptureready19 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Question I'm new to the tactical side of chess, always just played for the fun of it, but what is the best defense to 1. e4? Is it d5?
mattafort 12 ( +1 | -1 )
A matter of taste But it is hardly d5.
Most used:
1.e4 e5
.... e6
.... c5
.... c6
What you want to play is a matter of taste and style.
Other moves: Nf6, d6, Nc6 and also d5
hardcorepawn 15 ( +1 | -1 )
d5 - Centre Counter Is an underrated defence, if you know it well you can have a good game. If you play it badly you can get into a lot of trouble quickly. Particually if you opt for 2. exd Qxd5 line.
keiserpaul 16 ( +1 | -1 )
"Hardly" d5 ? What is wrong with the Scandinavian ? It is a perfectly reasonable defence to 1.e4. Even played at top level (Anand in the World Championship match versus Kasparov)
olympio 7 ( +1 | -1 )
c5 sicilian is probably best semi-open
and e5 is best open
keiserpaul 0 ( +1 | -1 )
Olympio W H Y ????
kremator 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Sicilian = evil I despise this defense all those lines to learn. I don't want to play the Nadjorf the Shevshnikov, Kan, Dragon, Kalashnikov, and all those other annoying variations. I wish I could find a cheap, decent book on the c3 sicilian or the Grand Prix Attack.
mattafort 44 ( +1 | -1 )
I say Hardly d5, again If d5 was the best defense to 1.e4
so why is it only used in 0.6% by worlds best players?
Maybe they are not as good in selecting openings as we are?

2144 Grandmaster games 2001-2002, Average ELO >2644
1.e4
Move ECO Frequency Score AvElo
1: c5 B20 969: 43.2% 55.2% 2623
2: e5 C20 607: 27.0% 56.1% 2646
3: e6 C00a 340: 15.1% 58.8% 2618
4: c6 B10a 161: 7.1% 54.3% 2614
5: d6 B07a 82: 3.6% 51.2% 2566
6: g6 B06a 42: 1.8% 47.6% 2621
7: Nf6 B02a 21: 0.9% 64.2% 2613
8: d5 B01a 15: 0.6% 73.3% 2511
9: Nc6 B00l 2: 0.0% 75.0%
10: b6 B00d 2: 0.0% 100.0%
_____________________________________________
TOTAL: 2241:100.0% Score: 55.9%
/mattafort

peppe_l 54 ( +1 | -1 )
As far as I know 1...e5, 1...c5, 1...e6, 1...c6, 1...d6, 1...d5, 1...Nf6 etc are all good ways to meet 1.e4

Saying one of them is better or worse than others is completely pointless at amateur (or even professional) level.

Choose the one that 1) you like 2) suits your style 3) is easy enough to understand 4) doesnt require too much studying

Or even better, give them all a try! You will gain experience of playing different positions before choosing your weapon vs most popular opening move in chess.

Forget databases, winning percentages or what Kasparov plays.

rommel13 64 ( +1 | -1 )
peppe_l Agreed. Part of chess is the element of surprise. If everyone plays c5 vs e4, then guess which defense white will be most skilled at attacking?

By the same line of thinking, if the response d5 occurs only .06% of the time, chances are white will play the opening out of their element and may offer you opportunities.

Unless there is a gaping weakness to d5 that can be exploited by all level of players, amateurs and masters alike, I don't see why you should avoid it.

As was previously mentioned, if top level players have opened with this and won, you can too.

That is as long as you can withstand some snickers from your opposition after you have moved.... :))