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Whats the best black opening for me to learn at my ELO?

Hi all

What's the best black opening for me to learn apart from the E5, C6, Kings knight variation? I've been doing that opening on hundreds (maybe even a thousand) games and want to learn something else.

Is the Caro-Kann a good idea at my level (ELO 1300 at Rapid) or is there another opening for black that's considered more simple for example the Scandinavian?

What opening should I invest in for my next few hundred games with black at my ELO that isn't considered too advance?

I like the idea of Caro-Kann but the delayed castling may cause an issue at my level? (I may mis-caculate defense?)

Thanks all

Try out some basic openings and see if you can spot the reason behind the moves. Also, I would suggest you learn opening rules in general instead of specific openings.

First of all you need to find out what kind of player are you , Positional or tactical ? and then just find a GM or maybe super GM that play similar to your style.Watch more and more a GM play blitz with your opening in youtube and try to mimic the way they play.You level of play will improve soon. For me I watch a lot of GM Jan Gustaffson banter blitz , he is a d4 player and go e6 with black just like me.

The sicilian defence is a trusty weapon for black, especially against white players that don't play energetically which you must do as white against it as you have a development advantage and and must take advantage of it

Yes, Caro-Kann is good at your level, teaches the value of having good squares for all pieces, albeit at a cost of less space.

@Morozov is on point here - at Lichess 1300 level (note - this isn't the same as 1300 ELO) most games are going to be out of the book by about move six anyway, and the point of studying opening theory is mostly to understand the principles behind it rather than to know the moves.

As such, any of the Caro Kann, the Sicilian, or playing e5 and defending white's choice of open game should be fine. Have a quick look at the first few moves, play stuff that seems natural, go away and look up some theory if your natural moves get you into trouble too quickly.

@TheRazor01 - do you think it make much sense to talk about "finding your style" at this level? No disrespect to the OP, but I'm rated several hundred points higher than them and I'd still consider my style to be "bad" and GMs who play similarly to my style are "none of them, because none of them are bad". Or more constructively, isn't it better to start out by trying to get at least the basics of most elements of the game solid before you pigeonhole yourself as one sort of player or another?

@RamblinDave I think player must be have some Idea after they play thousand of game they play. If you just go for the kill starting from the very first move then you must be a tactical player , but if you tend to play just go figuring out which squares are best for which pieces and not trying to brute force then you must be a positional player.

@TheRazor01 "First of all you need to find out what kind of player are you , Positional or tactical ?"
What if I like tactical games but also want to keep my camp safe?

"I watch a lot of GM Jan Gustaffson banter blitz , he is a d4 player and go e6 with black just like me."
Didn't he say that he is so much much stronger than all of you guys, that regardless what he plays, he will win in the endgame eventually?

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