I would like to get suggestions of openings for white that suits a counter-attacking player. As black I really enjoy playing the alekhine and the modern. As white, lately, I started playing 1.g3, but I'm not entirely satisfied with it, especially since I found absolutely no theory on that opening. I'd like to have suggestions of other (decent) openings I could play as white that would suit my counter-attacking style.


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    By "counter-attacking" do you literally mean "wait until I am attacked and then retaliate" or do you mean "aggressive"?
    – Tony Ennis
    Jan 13, 2016 at 23:33
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    Why don't you attack on first place, as you are playing with Whites? :)
    – ferit
    Jan 14, 2016 at 5:06
  • Try searching very agressive openings.
    – ferit
    Jan 14, 2016 at 5:17
  • I suggest you just attack but don't forget to defend too. Don't play at counter I suggest. Jan 14, 2016 at 10:13
  • Counter-attack means retaliation. I prefer it to simply attacking, since the opponent usually leaves holes in is defence in order to carry an unsuccessful attack. It is also a great psychological tool!
    – Wargzel
    Jan 14, 2016 at 14:07

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One might call the Reti a counter attacking opening for white. White allows black to grab some space with a big centre and then tries to tear it down.

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1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 d4 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 e5

There also should be quite a lot of theoretical information about it. The main problem might be that black isn't easily goaded into overextending. Most players like to play it safe with black, making a counter attacking game with white less likely.

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    Only thing is I think a lot of people would take the free white pawn at c4 too or am I wrong? Jan 14, 2016 at 12:59
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    @JoshuaBakker: if white wants he can always get it back with Qa4+, or by attacking it by moving the e-pawn or playing Na3, or he could turn this into a gambit. It would cost a lot of time for black to try to hold on to the pawn, probably not a good idea. Jan 14, 2016 at 13:47
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    Thanks for the suggestion. Basically, it's another way of getting into an english opening and perhaps pushing black into a different system he would use against 1.c4.
    – Wargzel
    Jan 14, 2016 at 14:11
  • Normally Nf3 is replied with another hypermodern move
    – Ariana
    Mar 25, 2017 at 5:18

The Word Counter Attacking suits more for Black . If you read ever a Chess Book or Video the Counter Attacking is in a wrong context for White . The Player who plays White should be the Attacking one . Counterattacking goes for Black.

As for g3 opening it is Hungarian Opening . You can convert the opening to d4 Catalan/Reti which is a good repertoire for the White Player .


Larsen's opening b3. aims and counterattacking the center and aiming that bishop at the opponents kingside. Bird's opening 1.f4 is basically a reverse Dutch. You can play a reverse Alekhine's beginning with 1.g3 e5 2.Nf3 and in other lines play a reverse Modern/Pirc.


Find lines similar to your black openings. For example, a French player might play 1. e3.

However, I don't see the point in throwing away white's advantage so early in a game.

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