Top 10 Most Solid Chess Openings vs 1.e4

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FIDE CM Kingscrusher goes over Top 10 Most Solid Chess Openings vs 1.e4
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Info about Chess Openings:

A chess opening or simply an opening refers to the initial moves of a chess game. The term can refer to the initial moves by either side, White or Black, but an opening by Black may also be known as a defense. There are dozens of different openings, and hundreds of variants. Opening moves that are considered standard (often catalogued in a reference work such as the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings) are referred to as “book moves”, or simply “book”. Reference works often present move sequences in simple algebraic notation, opening trees, or theory tables. When a game begins to deviate from known opening theory, the players are said to be “out of book”. In some opening lines, the moves considered best for both sides have been worked out for twenty to twenty-five moves or more. Some analysis goes to thirty or thirty-five moves, as in the classical King’s Indian Defense and in the Sveshnikov and Najdorf variations of the Sicilian Defense.[2] Professional chess players spend years studying openings, and continue doing so throughout their careers, as opening theory continues to evolve. Players at the club level also study openings but the importance of the opening phase is smaller there since games are rarely decided in the opening. The study of openings can become unbalanced if it is to the exclusion of tactical training and middlegame and endgame strategy.[3]

A new sequence of moves in the opening is referred to as a theoretical novelty. When kept secret until used in a competitive game it is often known as a prepared variation, a powerful weapon in top-class competition.[4]

Aims of the opening
Common aims in opening play
Whether they are trying to gain the upper hand as White, or to equalize as Black or to create dynamic imbalances, players generally devote a lot of attention in the opening stages to the following strategies:[5]

Development: One of the main aims of the opening is to mobilize the pieces on useful squares where they will have impact on the game. To this end, knights are usually developed to f3, c3, f6, and c6 (or sometimes e2, d2, e7, or d7), and both players’ king and queen pawns are moved so the bishops can be developed (alternatively, the bishops may be fianchettoed with a maneuver such as g3 and Bg2). Rapid mobilization is the key. The queen, and to a lesser extent the rooks, are not usually played to a central position until later in the game, when many minor pieces and pawns are no longer present.

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  1. Thankyou… Please do a video for 1d4 also…

  2. I like your philosophical definitions of solidity, all are useful. I play Petrov and that maybe represents a kind of solidity you did not cover. Like a woodworking joint the opposing pieces come together to reduce maneuverability for both sides. I think in some aspects this kind of solidity comes with the Sicilian. My pet line is an anti Sicilian, which looks to destabilize the position by not fitting complentarily no joint no lock and key kind of idea. Thanks for another thought provoking video KC and keep up the good work.

  3. If we are looking for "solid" we should look at Nehzmedinov!

  4. @18:11 quick note about Qd8 which was called the Hastein retreat (funny allusion to a Viking retreating from Essex), black does not have time to play g6. White if he knows what he is doing will play Qe2 and d5 while black's king is in the center. Scandinavian has served me well because the only pawn break you have to worry about is d5 and because of Nc3 it can't be supported by c4. To me the best response to Qxd5 is actually Nf3. It forces black to meet fire with fire and white still has the option of a 2 pawn center with c4 and d4. The Anderssen center counter is an amazing version of the scandinavian that catches many people off guard in the classical qa5 variant. Some people will play d4 by habit after qa5 and e5 by black is a gambit that gives black enough compensation imo. White should not take on e5 but rather play Nf3 then take. Allowing Black time to play Bb4 gives black a lot of pressure and time to develop. The key thing for those who are playing against the Scandinavian is Nf3 is usually the antidote either before Nc3 or after Nc3. @19:02 Kramnik was playing a risky game. Scandinavian defense never has time to play g6. Instead of Be3 by white, he should have played Bc4. If black plays Bg7 white should play Nb5. Preventing Nb5 is essential to Qd6 scandinavian. Either do that with a6 or c6. This forces black to put queen back on d8 use engine to know why. There are several tactics white can do there that lead to a white win. Fischer also has a game that shows why the Hastein retreat doesn't have time to play g6. Scandinavian basically says no g6. Play Sicilian if you want a "dragon" bishop.

  5. I missed the Pirc (and Black Lion) defense although some variations in this video end up close to it.

  6. funny engines can play any old rubbish in the opening and still crush everyone weird

  7. Solid, a lots of pawns hanging together, until the King hangs on his own.

  8. Actually there's a book a rock-solid chess opening repertoire for black by Vereslav Eingorn

  9. Alternative definition: In Blitz, an opening position which results in KC declaring "I can't think of a good plan here"

  10. KC you missed Petroff defense ? I hate playing against it. It has great exponents as black like Caruana and Petrosian.

  11. Number 2 isn't really Breyer-Breyer would be 8.c3d6 9.h3Nb8 10.d4Nbd7, where white gets full center, but black is still very solid. The line actually shown is anti-Marshall (9.h3-to avoid 9.c3d5). Then…I would replace 1.e4b6?! with Petrov's defence, 1.e4a6?! with Phillidor (move order 1.e4d6 2.d4Nf6 3.Nc3e5 4.Nf3Nbd7), 1.e4Nc6 with 1.e4c6 2.d4d6!? (any thoughts on that opening?), and the Modern probably with Pirc. Also, in French the lines with 3…de4 or 3…Nf6 4.Bg5de4 look more solid to me. But the truth is that nowadays-with the help/interference of engines-practically anything can be solid, as long as white isn't clearly better. So therefore-Kingscrusher, will you show us any Fischer random chess (chess960) games in the near future? Best regards.

  12. Good video – but I don't like any opening that swaps off Queens or prevents castling.
    I don't like moving the Queen out early on to the board – it just gets attacked with tempo
    so the opponent develops their pieces while you just keep moving your Queen around.
    I find the most solid openings are closed positions.

  13. Always interesting. I’m far from this level of chess but I do admire the concepts and visions of your knowledge.

  14. Hey Kingcrusher! I hope you are doing fine.
    When it comes to 1.e4, I follow a simple rule. I always play alekhines defense as black (1. …kf6). This gives me the most amount of experience in this openings and opportunities to analyze my games. In a lot of ratings you catch your opponent off guard; definitely on my level. Interestingly, so far nobody I played against played the main combating move 2. e5. As white I never play 1.e4 as it gives the opponent the possibility to play alekhines defense and I do not want to reveal the best follow up as white.

  15. The tarrasch variation in french defense is also known to some players as "trash variation".

  16. I liked it when he said 'solid'…

  17. I used to play Ruy all the time. At the time of Fischer, it was all the rage. But it's frustrating, because it's been so played out that you don't get to an original game until move 20 or so.

  18. Great video! Regarding your Caro Kann presentation, Black usually plays Nd7 whenever White plays Nf3 because Black wants to prevent Ne5.

  19. concrete not abstract

    superfluidity not superfluous

    translation not speculative intrepidations….

  20. I usually love your videos, but a list of most solid openings against 1. e4 not including Petroff??

  21. Great video, thank you! Really enjoyed your structured approach and great explanations.

  22. I`d say solid positions are closed and not allowing for much tactics. Would appreciate a video on them. Not really drawish ones but allowing for stable opportunities of positional winning, if there are some.

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