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bellepheron 69 ( +1 | -1 )
open defense I'm wondering if anyone can help me find a defense I will enjoy playing.

I like to play fast, open games where I have plenty of opportunity to make attacking sacrifices, forcing my opponent to respond to me rather than setting his/her own agenda.

Conversely I dislike playing positions where I have to slowly grind through nigh impregnible pawn chains etc.

Armed with little theoretical knowledge, I have been trying the Sicilian (with limited success). Given the above, is this likley to be a fruitful exercise for me? Are there any particular variations I should concentrate on? Or is there a better defense for this style of play??
zdrak 32 ( +1 | -1 )
Against 1.d4 I would try the Modern Benoni defense:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6

It offers black significant chances for counterplay while being very sound. If you want something even more agressive, go for the Benko Gambit - 3...b5 on the 3rd move in the same line.

Against 1.e4, you can try the Sicilian, the Pirc (which is also possible against 1.d4), or 1...d5 2.exd5 Nf6

desertfox 25 ( +1 | -1 )
open defense hi,

You could try the Latvian Gambit played by black. It is a good surprise weapon, but u must have strong nerves to play it. You also must not be afraid to play with less material than your opponent. Material is not everything.
bellepheron 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Latvian Gambit sounds exciting! could you give me the opening moves?
zdrak 44 ( +1 | -1 )
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5!?

It is considered rather unsound on the high levels. An amusing story - the ICCF (international correspondence chess federation) organized a thematic tournament at this opening. The tourney ended with a complete fiasco as every single player scored 50% - white won all the games....

But jokes aside, it's actually quite playable on the club level, as few white players will be ready for it, and are likely to misplay. The opening is very trappy!
mettlesome 48 ( +1 | -1 )
If..... If you want something off the beaten track, you could play a version of the centre counter defense (1.e4 d5 2.exd5) and either retake with the queen to enter the main(-er) lines, or make a gambit of it with Nf6.....

Black often gets a pretty active game (especially in the lines where they castle queenside) , and it's sounder than the Latvian (where black often ends up in messy tactical games with White haolding a lot of the trumps.....)

Mettlesome

bellepheron 20 ( +1 | -1 )
thanks heaps everyone. Sounds like lots to get my teeth into - especially for someone who manages to get into trouble so often with a well trodden defense like the sicilian!
v_glorioso12 2 ( +1 | -1 )
King's Indian Defense! very exciting
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mettlesome 51 ( +1 | -1 )
But.... But that's the whole point.....!

The Sicilian is REALLY hard to play well....juggling your queenside counterchances against fending off a kingside attack often demands really good timing and can be unnerving and frustrating....

A lot of other defences are calmer and yet offer good chances for counterplay....

(Although I admit, this is what makes the Sicialian so much fun and allows you to score so many points with it....White can and does over-reach themself against a gritty Sicilian....)

Mettlesome