So what can we conclude from our look at advantage and the perception of it in chess analysis?
Is there a “correct” way to open the game from the traditional starting position?
The question has no answer, being merely a form of “What is the best opening?” Define best.
A question which might have an answer is this: Given the following constraints on opening study:
- Depth of analysis
- Competing against the computer
- Limits of human perception
and other like constraints, is there a minimal yet universalist strategy a dilettante player might adopt?
It seems to me the king’s fianchetto with both colors allows one in most cases simply to play more or less the same game every time. Furthermore, the balance of such positions may be easier to grasp via heuristics than those of the center pawn contact openings, which accentuate the combinatorial idiosyncracies of the starting array.
I seem to recall it was Tony Miles who claimed that he was never happy until the day he gave up looking for opening advantage with White and decided to play every game as if he were playing Black.