Junior Openings - Beginners and Improvers

Basic Opening Repertoire for young players

You want a standard opening to learn? Here is my suggestion:

System for White Scotch Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exe4 4.Bc4

When Black avoids your main system IQP systems 1.e4 c5 2.c3 & d4

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4

System for Black against 1.e4 French Defence 1.e4 e6

System for Black against 1.d4 Tarrasch Defence 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5

The ideas and some of the variations are given with example games are given in a free booklet:

>> http://www.exeterchessclub.org.uk/x/FTP/JuniorRepertoire.pdf

>> http://www.exeterchessclub.org.uk/x/PGN/juniorep.pgn

Now, you might not like all those choices, depending on your style. Do you like to attack, or win slowly and carefully?

Beginners

Stodgy players

Attacking players

Gambit players

System for White

Scotch Gambit (as above)

Scotch Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4) Queen's Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4)

Scotch Gambit (as above)

Colle System (1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 with Bd3, O-O, Nbd2 and e3-e4)

Evans' Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4)

Koltanowski Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d4)

When Black avoids your main system

IQP systems (as above)

King's Indian Attack: e4/d3/Nd2/g3/Bg2

IQP systems (as above)

Morra Gambit (1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3)

Korchnoi Gambit (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ngf3 Qb6 8.O-O)

System for Black against 1.e4

French Defence (as above)

French Defence (as above)

Petroff Defence (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 with 6...Be7)

Two Knights' Defence (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 b5)

Petroff Defence (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 with 6...Bd6)

Two Knights' Defence (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 b5)

Schliemann Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5)

System for Black against 1.d4

Tarrasch Defence (as above)

Swiss Defence (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 O-O 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.Rc1 a6)

Tarrasch Defence (as above)

Dutch Stonewall (1.d4 f5 with ...d5)

Albin Counter-Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5)

You can find advice about these other systems if you search around on this site.

Chess Quotes

A quote from Richard RETI's Masters of the Chessboard(p 395):
"In general, it can be established that there are two defenses against 1. e4, which make it absolutely impossible for the first player to take any initiative, and which give Black such an even game, without any difficulties at all, that it has now become useless in practice, since these defenses are generally known. They are the Caro-Kann Defense and the variation of the French Game: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4."
Glad that's settled! :-)
— Randy Pals