38 ( +1 | -1 ) englishIts my first favorite opening as white and gave me victories even in actual tournament here in manila (i use to play in MCC). Its main purpose is to bring the game to english opening that mostly fits to a solid and positional players. It can also be transposed to many openings depending on your response as black.
103 ( +1 | -1 ) One suggestionWhat do you play against 1.d4?
QGD player can choose 1...e6, often transposing to QGD, Catalan or Reti, or relatively quiet English lines reminiscent of Catalan or Reti :-)
Slav player can choose 1...c6, when once again game can transpose to Slav, Reti or relatively quiet English lines.
KID player can choose 1...g6, followed by Bg7, Nf6, e6 etc, leading to typical KID setup (most popular line against English? It seems 90% of chess players choose KID nowadays! :-) A good choice although for example in c4-d3-e4 lines some of the typical KID plans wont work so well (compared to pure KID white is much better prepared to meet f5, and in fact it is often black king that gets under fire after f4!).
Dutch player can choose 1...f5, although white has some dangerous plans, for example c4-d3-e4!
And so on!
Otherwise 1...e5 leads to more unbalanced positions like Reversed Sicilian etc, 1...c5 being a logical choice for positional player.
As far as I know there is no "best move" so it is really a matter of taste.
63 ( +1 | -1 ) Thanks for the responses...To jeffz_2002, thanks for pointing out a great website. It gives me a general idea on how to meet the english.
To tokirapa, mabuhay! I also used to play in the MCC. I really miss those tourneys. Anyway, since you play the English, I hope you could give me an idea on what type of set-up for black gives white difficulties in the preparing his plans.
To peppe_l, I play the benko gambit, albin-counter gambit, and sometimes the dutch and the slav. As you can see, transpositional possibilities to KID or QGD don't work for me. As to the dutch and the slav, I don't play these openings frequently enough. I'll give a thought on playing the dutch against c4 though.