How to Play the Opening

VV hen we first learn how to play chess, we are force-fed certain rules. Basic endgames, middlegame ideas, basic tactics, and how to play the opening correctly. In the opening, we're told to develop all our pieces (Don't move the same piece twice gets repeated over and over like a never-ending mantra). Then we're told to castle quickly so that our King finds a safe haven and our Rooks can connect, like long lost lovers, and work together. Fighting for control of the center with our pieces and...

LKf

1467 I can check on g5 and win a pawn He decides that I just hung a pawn and rushes to cash in his ill-gotten gains. This type of decision should be made slowly after all, White is moving his Knight from a dominant central location and placing it on the far rim of the board. Instead of this impulsive act, White would have done well if he had simply brought his King to the center. 1467 I don't know if this is good, even though it wins a He should have figured this out before he made the check....

Mental Toughness

I t's time to develop an attitude Since chess is largely a game of psychology, you must believe in yourself if you are going to have any hope of achieving good results. As soon as doubts enter into the equation, the moves come more slowly, a tendency towards passivity raises its ugly head and you find yourself entertaining destructive thoughts concerning the horrible things (often imaginary) your opponent is going to do to you. To illustrate how strong a part attitude plays, let's compare two...

Bgh

1378 Taking his Knight would be bad because he would just recapture, move the piece away, and advance his pawn to f5. I need to retain this Bishop with a retreat. Still mesmerized by Black's kingside potential, White accepts a further loss of time. He still has not made one move towards his queenside attack. Best was 8.Bxf6 when the d5-square has been weakened and White is free to proceed with his own plans on the opposite wing. Don't just wish you had play somewhere. The great players insist...

LNd

This frees the f-pawn in anticipation of f7-f5, gaining kingside space and giving the f8-Rook more room to breathe. White plays for c4-c5, gaining queenside space and preparing to blast open the c-file for his Rooks. This type of systematic preparation for the opening of a file is a necessary skill if you want to progress in chess. RULE 2 Don't open a file if you think that the opponent will take it away from you. RULE 3 If the creation of an open file has nothing to do with your other positive...

Mind

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A aaaa

Black's pawn versus White's development. The position in diagram 69 comes about after the moves l.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 (the Smith-Morra Gambit in the Sicilian Defense). Why did White sacrifice a pawn He does gain a lead in development, but in this case Black expects to eventually catch up. The real reason White made the offer was to create two open files and a space advantage. Of course, this particular gambit is considered somewhat unsound at the top levels, but the concept is a...

G

No better is 2 .g5 3.f4 when the Rook on fl joins in the fight. > - You may also start a King-hunt if you have a large lead in development and think you can land a knockout blow before he can recover his balance. After l.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6 we get the position in diagram 102. White has a lead in development and Black has weakened his King position by playing the horrible ,. .f7-f6. It is this weakening of the a2-g8 and h5-e8 diagonals that makes White seek out a hard-hitting solution. Or 4 g6...

Longren-silman Santa Barbara 1989

1200 amp 900 The Queen is attacked and we both like The first deviation from the Steinitz game So far the kids have played very well. 1200 amp 900 Now our Queen is indirectly attacked. 900 I like Bf5 with the idea of Be4. 1200 I like Be6 to recapture with the Bishop and 900 got her way on this one. Note how they are unconsciously trying to make their Bishops better than the Knight, though 1 would have been even happier if they had verbalized it for me. 1200 amp 900 We both want to go Be4. If he...

Kaletski Samalii

1200 At first glance I see that Black s Queen is undefended. White has Bishop and Knight versus two Knights. My Bishop has to move to complete development. So that would be one of my first considerations. I also control d5 so I could move my Knight to d5 attacking his Queen. This would also allow me to occupy both open files. If we compare 1200 with the previous player 1600 , we can see that 1600 ignored the main imbalance but played purposeful moves towards a secondary goal which isn t so bad...