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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