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Sat, 1 Oct 2016 Devon Juniors Riviera Tournament 2016

Churston Grammar School

Riviera2016.pdf

Junior Openings - Beginners and Improvers

Basic Opening Repertoire for young players

You want a standard opening to learn? Here is my suggestion:

System for White Scotch Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exe4 4.Bc4

When Black avoids your main system IQP systems 1.e4 c5 2.c3 & d4

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4

System for Black against 1.e4 French Defence 1.e4 e6

System for Black against 1.d4 Tarrasch Defence 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5

The ideas and some of the variations are given with example games are given in a free booklet:

>> http://www.exeterchessclub.org.uk/x/FTP/JuniorRepertoire.pdf

>> http://www.exeterchessclub.org.uk/x/PGN/juniorep.pgn

Now, you might not like all those choices, depending on your style. Do you like to attack, or win slowly and carefully?

Beginners

Stodgy players

Attacking players

Gambit players

System for White

Scotch Gambit (as above)

Scotch Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4) Queen's Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4)

Scotch Gambit (as above)

Colle System (1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 with Bd3, O-O, Nbd2 and e3-e4)

Evans' Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4)

Koltanowski Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d4)

When Black avoids your main system

IQP systems (as above)

King's Indian Attack: e4/d3/Nd2/g3/Bg2

IQP systems (as above)

Morra Gambit (1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3)

Korchnoi Gambit (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ngf3 Qb6 8.O-O)

System for Black against 1.e4

French Defence (as above)

French Defence (as above)

Petroff Defence (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 with 6...Be7)

Two Knights' Defence (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 b5)

Petroff Defence (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 with 6...Bd6)

Two Knights' Defence (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 b5)

Schliemann Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5)

System for Black against 1.d4

Tarrasch Defence (as above)

Swiss Defence (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 O-O 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.Rc1 a6)

Tarrasch Defence (as above)

Dutch Stonewall (1.d4 f5 with ...d5)

Albin Counter-Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5)

You can find advice about these other systems if you search around on this site.

Chess Quotes

"On a motif such as was indicated by Reti one cannot build the plan of a whole well contested game; it is too meagre, too thin, too puny for such an end. Reti's explanations, wherever they are concerned with an analysis which covers a few moves, are correct and praiseworthy. But when he abandons the foundations of analysis in order to draw too bold, too general a conclusion, his arguments prove to be mistaken."
— LASKER, Manual of Chess