U14 Training Day 14th February 2015

U14 Training Day 14th February 2015

Thanks to everyone who came yesterday and made such a good effort.

The slideshow I used is attached for you to download.
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/sites/exeterchessclub.org.uk/files/U14Trai...

The free book and database is here:
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/downloads
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/x/FTP/JuniorRepertoire.pdf
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/sites/exeterchessclub.org.uk/files/juniore...

The software you need for different systems to read the database is linked here:
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/u14-training-day-1st-february-2014...

The fiendish exercise for those who are familiar with the 8-queens puzzle is here:
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/get-your-eye-basic-practice-notici...
See also:
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/drdaves-brain-sharpening-kit

How to play IQP positions:
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/isolated-queens-pawns-another-go

And the openings we talked about are shown below.

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "U14"]
[Black "2015"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "C47"]

1. e4 ( 1. d4 d5 2. c4 { Queen's Gambit} 2... e6 ( 2... dxc4 3. e4 { is the fashionable move these days} ( 3. e3 b5 { Black can't hang on to the pawn, and shouldn't try.} 4. a4 c6 ( 4... a6 $2 5. axb5 axb5 6. Rxa8 ) 5. axb5 cxb5 $2 6. Qf3 $1 { Winning at least a piece} ) ( 3. Nf3 { was the most common move in top-level play for many years} ) ) 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 { setting a trap} 5. Nf3 ( 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Nxd5 $2 { winning a pawn?} 6... Nxd5 7. Bxd8 Bb4+ 8. Qd2 Bxd2+ 9. Kxd2 Kxd8 { no, losing a piece!} ) 5... Be7 ( 5... c5 $2 { Black is not developed enough for this!} 6. cxd5 { wins a pawn} ( 6. e3 Qb6 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Bb5 { was the line you suggested} ) ) 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd3 ( 7. Be2 ) 7... a6 { is the key move of the Swiss Defence} 8. O-O dxc4 { Black has waited for the Bishop to move before taking on c4} 9. Bxc4 b5 { is the idea, giving a line for the Bc8} 10. Bd3 c5 $1 ( 10... Bb7 11. e4 ) 11. a3 Bb7 { Black is doing fine here} ) ( 1. c4 { English Opening} ) 1... e5 ( 1... e6 { French Defence} 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 { lots of juniors play the swap here} ( 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 ( 4. Bg5 Bb4 5. e5 h6 ) 4... Nfd7 ) ( 3. e5 { White usually plays this advance at some time} 3...c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 {and White often loses a pawn! Even if you don't mind the blocked position, Whites may be advised to play differently } ) 3... exd5 4. Bd3 { takes away the best square for the Bc8, which is f5} ( 4. Nf3 ) ( 4. Nc3 Bf5 ) ( 4. Qe2+ Be7 ) ( 4. c4 { is the line I recommend: it often leads to an IQP position} 4... Nf6 5. Nf3 Be7 ( 5... dxc4 6. Bxc4 ) 6. Bd3 dxc4 { Black waits for the Bishop to move before taking on c4. Now we have an IQP position.} 7. Bxc4 O-O ) 4... Nc6 5. c3 ( 5. Nf3 Bg4 ) 5... Bd6 6. Ne2 { trying to avoid giving the Bc8 an easy square on g4} ( 6. Nf3 Bg4 ) 6... Qh4 { is a surprising move but a good one} 7. g3 { is weakening} ) ( 1... c6 { Caro-Kann Defence} 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 { another position likely to give an IQP game} ) ( 1... c5 { Sicilian Defence} 2. Nf3 ( 2. c3 { another variation likely to lead to an IQP positioni} ) 2... e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 { Scheveningen Variation} ) 2. Nf3 ( 2. d4 { Centre Game} 2... exd4 3. Qxd4 { is the main line} ( 3. Bc4 Nc6 4. Nf3 { has reached the Scotch Gambit} ) 3... Nc6 4. Qe3 ) ( 2. Bc4 { Bishop's Opening} 2... Nf6 { Best move} 3. Nf3 ( 3. d4 exd4 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Qxd4 { Urusov Gambit} ) 3... Nxe4 4. d4 { is back to the Scotch Gambit} 4... exd4 5. Qxd4 { is the line that leads to IQP positions} ) 2... Nc6 3. d4 ( 3. Nc3 Nf6 { Four Knights'...} 4. Bc4 { Not bad, but it gives Black a chance to equalise quickly.} ( 4. d4 { Scotch Four Knights' Game} ) ( 4. Bb5 { Spanish Four Knights' Game} ) ( 4. g3 { moving a pawn to develop a Bishop to g2, which can already move to c4 or b5} ) ( 4. Nxe5 { Halloween Gambit} 4... Nxe5 5. d4 Nc6 6. e5 { Four Knights' Game with g3} ) 4... Nxe4 5. Nxe4 d5 ) ( 3. Bc4 { Italian Game} 3... Nf6 ) ( 3. g3 { King's Indian Attack - it's a bit odd and slow here, moving a pawn to develop a Bishop to g2, which can already move to c4 or b5} ) ( 3. Bb5 { The Ruy Lopez, probably the best opening of all for White after 1.e4 e5.} ) 3... exd4 4. Nxd4 { Scotch Game} ( 4. Bc4 { Scotch Gambit} ) 4... Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Nxc6 bxc6 { and we haven't found anything better for White here than} 7. Bd3 *

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Chess Quotes

(another personal favourite)
" A combination composed of a sacrifice has more immediate effect upon the person playing over the game in which it occurs than another combination, because the apparent senselessness of the sacrifice is convincing proof of the design of the player offering it.
— Richard RETI, Modern Ideas in Chess.