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black_star 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Opening analysis Which opening gives white more advantage in terms of score (forget development and position) after the last book move ??
Answer implies some software analysis but the result should be interesting.
I found the English Symmetrical but it was just a superficial work.
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olympio 21 ( +1 | -1 )
score? By score do you mean material score? Because I'd assume there is no opening that you can force that actually gives you an advantage in material. Or do you mean in the score a computer program would give it?
olympio 39 ( +1 | -1 )
Cause I mean non-forced I would guess the Damniano defense would give you the biggest material advantage.. that's just a joke opener e4 e5 Nf3 f6 Nxe5 fxe5 Qh4+ then white can block with pawn and lose rook or move king and get mated in several moves.. so if he blocks with pawn then that's a pretty nice material net in that opening.
olympio 24 ( +1 | -1 )
andi f you mean and if you mean winning percentage:

according to www.chessgames.com

the main variation of french defense seemed to have the highest winning percentages for white.. always around 40 percent or a little more (with about 30+ percent of draws)
divine_sun_cat 8 ( +1 | -1 )
on my database 1. Na3 is best with 100% wins for white.
1. a4 is worst with 83% wins for black.


olympio 21 ( +1 | -1 )
well I was sticking to openings that had thousands of games in the database.. but yeah there were a bunch of unorthodox openings that only had a few games and a 100% score for one side or the other. I think grob was 100% for white..
coyotefan 19 ( +1 | -1 )
black_star That question could be the basis of a Doctoral thesis in statistics. Chess is not checkers. There is on one opeining that could possibly answer that question, or we all would be playing it.
spurtus 13 ( +1 | -1 )
E4 is the highest score, hence the most common opening and as a GM once said ( forget which now ) ...

'E4, best by test'

Spurtus.
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halfpast_yellow 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Opening as white Fischer liked to open with 1.e4 and that quote is usually attributed to him if I remember correctly..
Queens Gambit and English also score well for white, though there is only so much that can be read into statistics as I think has been said...
pebbles 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Best by test Yes, Fischer wrote that in the annotation to one of the games in "My 60 memorable games".
baseline 19 ( +1 | -1 )
pebbles You are so right! I have a first edition copy of that book with his name spelled wrong on the binding! :o) Hans Berliner argues that 1.d4 is best in his book "The system".
spurtus 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Just wanted to throw in a contraversial opening.... e3... how bad do people here rate this?... and why?...is it really so bad?...

I always use it, and it seems to work for me?... just curious why it gets such a bad reputation.

Spurtus.
coyotefan 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Anything works on inferior players 1.Nh3 will also work. 1.e3 wastes a tempo, does not attack the center strong, and gives black a slight advantage. I would not play it against strong players.
bogg 25 ( +1 | -1 )
coyotefan I played 1. e3 in OTB chess and have beaten many near masters using it! Where I live I rarely get an oppotunity to play masters.
My specific method was to transpose to either an English or a Bird on my second move avoiding the From's gambit.
brickwallstyle 59 ( +1 | -1 )
LOL e3!? I agree.. e3 is a good move and the comment on giving black a slight initiative is just bull and crap. Let's have a look. 1.e3 e5 c4 looks just somewhat better for white. 1.e3 d5 c4 could well be a benoni with a tempo more or can transpose to the queens gambit accepted. 1.e3 Nf6(!) looks good, white can now transpose to the larsen with b3 (e5 Bb2 Nc6 Bb5 Bd6) or just play the usual setup with d4 Nf3 which is a strange indian. 1.e3 e6 e4 e5 seems a nice way to reach that damned time check in OTB.
My guess is that 1.e3 gives white less play for an advantage but he isnt worse +==== I guess
brickwallstyle 59 ( +1 | -1 )
LOL e3!? I agree.. e3 is a good move and the comment on giving black a slight initiative is just bull and crap. Let's have a look. 1.e3 e5 c4 looks just somewhat better for white. 1.e3 d5 c4 could well be a benoni with a tempo more or can transpose to the queens gambit accepted. 1.e3 Nf6(!) looks good, white can now transpose to the larsen with b3 (e5 Bb2 Nc6 Bb5 Bd6) or just play the usual setup with d4 Nf3 which is a strange indian. 1.e3 e6 e4 e5 seems a nice way to reach that damned time check in OTB.
My guess is that 1.e3 gives white less play for an advantage but he isnt worse +==== I guess
buddie 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Against 1. e3 ... I recommend 1. ... g6.
Obviously a Pirc would cost White a move, and the e3 lines of the KID are pretty tame. Discourages b3 too.
White's best bet is to probably to play an early f4 with a reverse Dutch or similar.