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chris21 43 ( +1 | -1 )
Confusion about openings? I'm a little confused as to how openings names actually work? What I mean is, everytime I see someone describe an opening it always has their opponents move after their own? So my question is as long as you make the required moves have you played that opening, or, do you have to rely on the correct response from your opponent to have successfully played it? Think I worded that right. Thanks in advance:)
brunetti 18 ( +1 | -1 )
A parcticular opening consists of a specified series of moves, both White and Black. So, you can't determine in advance what opening you will play, because it depends by both players.

brobishkin 24 ( +1 | -1 )
The second is as important as the first... Well put Brunetti... Couldn't have said it better... But there is always hope someone will follow the lines of play you're hoping to achive... Doesn't that follow under the line of psychological warfare of chess?...

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edmaster 5 ( +1 | -1 )
philaretus 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Another angle There seem to be some openings that are described solely by White's first move. For instance, 1.b4 is always regarded as the Orang-Utang, no matter what Black replies. This could help to account for the curious hold they have on some players.
chris21 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for all your replys.

Am I right in thinking the english opening is c4, no matter how black responds?
zdrak 56 ( +1 | -1 )
re: English Yes, the English opening is characterised by white playing 1.c4. However, some games that start this way may transpose into other openings, for example:

1.c4 e6
2.d4 d5
3.Nc3 Nf6 - we have now the Queen's Gambit Declined

On the other hand, games that DON'T start with 1.c4 can transpose into the English opening, for example:

1.Nf3 Nc6
2.c4 e5
3.Nc3 Nf6 - this is a position typical to the English opening, but white didn't start with 1.c4!

You should always be aware of such transpositions, to prevent the opponent from herding you into an opening of HIS choice rather than your choice...
brobishkin 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Zdrak... Another fine example of psychological warfare in the game of chess...