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spurtus ♡ 55 ( +1 | -1 )
Easiest repertoire? What is the basis ( first move or system or even approach ) to develop the easiest opening repertoire.

I kind of figured that the queen pawn openings are less popular than the king pawn and thus are perhaps easier to figure out, less gambity?

I've been trying to develop a closed queen pawn opening reportoir that involves a hybrid stonewall / colle system.

Would you be willing to share how you have developed an opening system / repertoire or any solid tips on how to gain one?

anaxagoras ♡ 113 ( +1 | -1 )
Queen's pawn games are not less complex than King's pawn games. I'm not sure why they are less popular than King's pawn games, but it probably has to do with these factors:

1 e4 is thought to be the most aggressive opening.
Beginner's are told to play 1 e4 in chess books, e.g. Reinfeld.
Once someone has gained confidence with 1 e4 and loses with 1 d4, they are immediately discouraged and will not risk another loss.
Lastly, habit.

Go figure.

The stonewall is sort of a passive opening for White, don't you think? Nonetheless, the correct repertoire is what you find the most comfortable and natural. Try out all of the major pawn openings, e4 d4 and c4; pay attention to the one with which you have the most success. I also prefere closed games because I find that I have more patience than most people and have a better understanding of long-term positional factors (whereas my open-game tactics are no better than equal to most others). I know it's dated, but check out the games of Steinitz. If you like them and find them brilliant, then closed games are for you.
halfpast_yellow ♡ 86 ( +1 | -1 )
Repertoire I tend to now play the London System as white against almost any Black defence, so I guess thats similar in a way to what you have done. Basically its a Colle but with more active development of the Bishop on f4, with the tradeoff that the Queenside can be a little weaker. I have an excellent Book by T.D Harding that tries to put some structure to the Colle, London and Stonewall systems. At the moment I'm working on getting the right pawn push at the right time in my system.

I'm interested, how much success have you had with your opening system at gameknot? Another 'simple' opening system I am toying with is the Two Knights Tango, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6. At the moment I am getting good results, interestingly no-one has played the 'natural' and aggressive 3.d5 to meet it, but instead 3. Nf3 or 3. e3, which is a little disappointing but they seem to pose no more trouble than is usual.
anaxagoras ♡ 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Someone correct me if I am wrong, but it would seem that the adoption of these opening 'systems' for White promises equality or worse if Black plays vigorously and accurately.
halfpast_yellow ♡ 52 ( +1 | -1 )
Yes and No...How do you mean 'vigourously and accurately' ? I think the best way for black to meet them in by playing with flexibility and not busting a gut attempting to smash a way through what is a pretty solid setup. The move orders are often flexible and white can often postpone heavy thinking till the middlegame...I suppose with a lack of pressure by white then Black can 'equalize' but I'd be happy as white in a familiar middlegame where I know what I'm doing.
Surely it's not all white's way in plenty of the other variations also?