Chess Position Trainer

The Italian Game for beginners


Ignacio sent me a generous note recently, to which I replied:
> However, I think we are two poles of what chess is:
> you are teaching people the orthodoxy and I am trying to make them aware
> that real chess is quite more complicated than what the books (and indeed
> your pages!) say.

I think that's absolutely right.  I was reading things on your pages
which said more or less the opposite of what I was saying and yet were
completely correct!  e.g. on romantic openings.  Hence my salty

The secret arts of castling

"Castle because you will or because you must; but not because
you can.
" -- Pillsbury

Attacking the Two Knights' Defence

There are three main ways you can try to attack against the Two Knights' Defence.

(A) 4.Ng5 is the most obvious, but I don't recommend it.  White can win a pawn, but if Black knows the book moves, you will have to defend against very active Black pieces.

e.g. 4.Ng5 d5! 5.exd5 b5!? 6.Bxb5 Qxd5

4.d4 is the move I recommend.

(B) There is a fun line which Black can equalise against but it's White who is attacking: Max Lange Knight Variation

Defending against 1.d4

The Sicilian Jungle

I prepared a sort of road map on the Sicilian and ended up talking around some positional themes...

Anyhow, here's the road map and I'll see about making it web-friendly and incorporating some of the chat.

I did talk about how to win with the Maroczy Bind: here are a couple of games:

Ish's Opening Stats

The Slav and Semi-Slav

Slav or Semi?

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Chess Quotes

A quote from Richard RETI's Masters of the Chessboard(p 395):
"In general, it can be established that there are two defenses against 1. e4, which make it absolutely impossible for the first player to take any initiative, and which give Black such an even game, without any difficulties at all, that it has now become useless in practice, since these defenses are generally known. They are the Caro-Kann Defense and the variation of the French Game: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4."
Glad that's settled! :-)
— Randy Pals