As a relatively new player to the game of chess, I have experimented with various openings as White. Recently, I switched to 1. d4 and started playing the London System, Trompowsky Attack, and the Dutch Defense: Hopton Attack.
At my current skill level (1200 elo), these openings have been somewhat successful. However, as I face stronger opponents, I find that I am at a disadvantage early on in the game.
I am seeking advice on how to improve the effectiveness of the London System in my games. Should I continue to work on this opening or is it time for me to switch to a different one, like the Queen’s Gambit? I have also been considering switching from the Trompowsky Attack to the Catalan but heard it is rather difficult to learn and use in lower intermediate levels.
Lastly, I have watched the GothamChess video on how to play the Trompowksy Attack and while the video was helpful, I still feel uncertain about this opening, and I am not entirely convinced that it is the right choice for me. I am open to feedback about whether I should give the Trompowksy Attack another chance or if there are any alternative openings I should consider. I am also curious to hear about any tips or resources that might help me to improve my play with the Trompowsky attack, as I am still unsure if my struggles are because of a lack of understanding or something else entirely.
Any tips or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
In your case you should stick to 1.d4 opening. You can play london opening but you can not play london opening against all defenses played by black.
Our recomendation is that you should play standard 1.d4 and 2.c4, after these two moves you have to prepare 6 to 7 defenses like QGD, Nimzo, KID and some other defense .
It looks like a hardwork but i will make it easy for you, GM roman has explained d4 opening very easy, you just need to understand and you can play his d4 opening reportoire, he focused on ideas and plans rather than remembering variations.
Here is the link which will help you a lot, if you are playing d4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX9Ax29jZ1k
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on my chess opening strategy. I appreciate your recommendation to stick with the 1.d4 opening and to prepare against multiple defenses such as the Nimzo, and KID.
However, I wanted to clarify that I am already aware that the London opening may not be the best choice against certain defenses, such as the King’s Indian Defense. Therefore, I usually opt for other openings, like the Trompowsky Attack, which I have found to be more effective against those kinds of openings
In addition, while I do explore a variety of opening options, I tend to steer away from playing c4 and instead focus on openings that better suit my playing style.
Sure, that’s the way every strong player have done, you explore new opening, it work on certain level, when you face higher rated, again you will change some of your opening lines, that’s the process you will carry on. Good Luck