Opening Repertoire: Kill ’Em All!

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I’ll start playing long chess games again (minimum 30min-30min) online and in live tournaments. Before that I want to decide, what openings I want to play. Danny Rensch (an international master) advised in one of his Youtube-videos for intermediate players to choose an opening repertoire to use in all games. If you continuously play the same openings, you get similar positions and get better at playing them.

My criteria for the openings was that I want to attack from the beginning and practice my tactical ability especially. I don’t care about losing and I play hard. I name this opening repertoire according to the best album of Metallica: Kill ‘Em All! The openings may not be the best, but they sure are fun. Here’s the repertoire.

White

1. e4 e5 2.f4: King’s Gambit

King’s gambit is one of the oldest chess openings. Gambit means an opening, where a player sacrifices material. At his second move white sacrifices a pawn to get control of the center, to get the lead in development, to get the open f-file and to get a kingside attack. The opening was played a lot during the 19th century, but since then it hasn’t been played a lot at master-level. However, I don’t play at master-level and my instinct says that the opening is feared at club-level.

1. e4 c5 2.f4 Sicilian Defense, Grand Prix Attack

Grand Prix Attack leads to similar ideas to K-Gambit, without sacrificing a pawn though. Sicilian Defense is the most popular answer to 1. e4. I want to take control of the game and avoid the main lines of the Sicilian.

1. e4 e6 2. e5 French Defense, Advance Variation

The French Defense leads to different kinds of positions than most e4-openings. Black leaves his light-squared bishop behind his pawns to get a safe and solid position. White gets a space advantage and better bishops in most cases. The opening won’t be explosive, but I’d much rather play white in the French than black.

1. e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3. exd4 cxd4 4. c4: Caro-Kann Defense: Panov-Bovinnik Attack

Caro-Kann is another more positional answer to white’s 1. e4. Its advantage is that blacks light-squared bishop won’t get trapped behind black’s pawn wall. Panov-Botvinnik Attack is an attacking continuation, where white takes an isolated d-pawn to gain a lead in development and an attack.

1. e4 (other): Improvised, aiming for e4 d4-formation

To other answers I’ll improvise my opening. I’m trying to play d4 at some point to gain the center..

Black

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6: Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation

The Dragon Variation is one of the main lines of the Sicilian Defense. It’s all about counter attacking, tactics and outlandish play. I want to aim for win also with the black pieces. In the Dragon, often white gets an attack first on black, but if black survives, he will strike back and often wins with a counter attack. Th name of the opening comes from black’s pawn structure, which looks like the star formation named dragon.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6: King’s Indian Defense

It’s hard to find a tactical defense against 1. d4. The King’s Indian doe often lead to attacks, but after some positional maneuvering. White often attacks at the queenside and black at the kingside. Blacks attack is often more dangerous, because white’s king is often castled kingside. This is probably the hardest of the openings of this repertoire and that’s why I need to train its important ideas extra well.

1. (other): Improvised, aiming for King’s Indian formation

Against white’s other openings I’ll use the King’s Indian’s formation, which means I’ll fianchetto my kingside bishop and get castled as soon as possible.

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