How To Pick a Chess Opening

With over 1327 types of chess openings, it is not an easy decision to settle on one particular type of chess opening. So it is always best to create an opening repertoire with at least 4 white openings and 3 black openings. And it is always a better idea to choose the kind of chess openings that you’re comfortable with. Don’t go for the ones that look freaky or confusing. Uncommon opening can be a double edged sword. Instead of confusing the opponent it can confuse your middle game. So, with that said, how to pick a chess opening for a perfect repertoire?

To be honest there is no perfect repertoire, since the opening always depends on the player you’re playing against. But you can decide on which chess openings to pick, considering the following

  • Do you have a good memory?
  • Are you more aggressive with the opening?
  • Are you more of a middle game expert than a rather aggressive opener?
  • Do you have a strong player in your club who has your favorite opening?

Since, based on the above, you can decide which type of opening you can aim for. If you have a really good memory, go for the complex opening combinations. Or if you have trouble remembering the moves, just stick to the basic 1.e4… kind on openings.

The type of game you play is also very important on deciding how to pick a chess opening. If you are aggressive player, you have the advantage of forcing your opponent into a defense for the first 16 or so moves. So a better option for you would be a combination of aggressive opening methods, with some off-book moves. This will completely confuse the opponent and will force him to change his strategy continuously. But be sure of what you’re doing. If you’ve not planned beforehand, your middle game and the endgame, you’re going to end up a sitting duck.

There are plenty of other considerations that you should settle upon before you decide on how to pick a chess opening. For instance:

  • What is the frequency in which you play tournaments?
  • What kind of chess do you play?
  • How often do you play with experts or masters?
  • What are you comfortable opening with?
  • Do you have access to authentic resources?

The reason you should consider the above is that, most people pick openings without assessing their situation first. After all what good is a complex opening move, if you’re playing a short game in the internet? So carefully assess the situation before you pick an opening.

Also, having the right kind of resources can be very helpful. It is especially useful when you want to know, how to pick a chess opening for an unfamiliar tournament. Though books can be of great help, I strongly suggest learning it from the horse’s mouth. Since, some of the tougher openings can never be understood completely, from the book. So it is always advisable that you get in touch with some strong players or expert chess coaches. But finally, it’s all about what you’re comfortable with. So work on it, and develop the perfect opening strategy.