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Question: Best choice of opening, if you are weak in solving tactics ?

Hey guys,
I have a question.

A few days ago, I have read in a posting ( not on Lichess) that someone plans to change from e-pawn openings to d-pawn openings.
The reason for this change was the following. This guy knows that he has problems with solving tactical problems. Now he thinks that he can avoid tactics by changing to d-pawn openings, because these openings lead to more closed position, where he needs less tactics than in e-pawn openings.

Does this really make sense ?

I have solved a lot of tactics on Lichess and on chesstempo. I had tactics in all existing parts of the game, in openings, in middlegames , in endgames. Tactics are everywhere ! And in most games, I was not able to spot which opening was used in these games.

How can somebody expect, that he can avoid tactics by simply changing his openings ? Is this realistic ? Are there any statistics which prove that there are less tactics in games which start with the d-pawn ?

Positional play is based on tactical possibilities. You are (he is) doomed either way. ;)

@Sarg0n

Thank you for your answer.
That was exactly what I was thinking. And this guy openly claims that he has the goal to become a grandmaster within the next 6 years. And he seems to be serious about that. I better bet no money on his success.

Ironically, getting experience in all main openings IS helpful if one wants to become a grandmaster.


...not that he will ever become one if he keeps thinking that way about tactics.

If I have problems with tactics / calculations I will for sure try to create messy positions in training games where I have to calculate.

@Hausierer I agree, the quickest way to improve is not to focus on the area you are the strongest in, even though it can be quite satisfying, but focus on the area you are the weakest in.

@Bishop1964 Sure it makes sense. People should play openings which suit their style and give them a comparative advantage. Generally 1. Nf3, d4 or c4 leads to a more positional game than 1.e4. He cannot avoid tactics completely but he can aim for positions which suit his style of play more.

Of course if one wants to get really good then you need to be able to play all types of positions well. But still, Tal was a very different type of player than Karpov...

There are openings that involve less tactics. There are openings that involve more tactics.

Simply play Nf3, g3, Bg2 and trade trade trade...

Back in the 80s, the strongest positional played e4 and the strongest attacking player played d4. Even the most solid opening involves many tactics. If your'e bad at tactics and continue to play chess, I can only suggest that you become happy with losing.

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