The Queen's Gambit Accepted/Isolated Queen's Pawn

The Ideas Behind the Modern Defence

The Deadly English

by Chris Bellers

The English Opening has a reputation as a slow, stodgy sort of way to play, and while you can play like that, if White plays it sharply, Black must respond, and quick wins can result. Here are some to whet your appetite:

Openings for Black and White

Subject: Re: Help needed: Any similar black and white opening systems?

References: < 4e0avl$ >

In article < 4e0avl$ >
 (Mlkienholz) writes:

>Hi netters,
>Does anyone have any advice for selecting an opening system? I have been
>that this is my achilles heel.

The Dutch Stonewall

Moller Attack

From  Mon Dec  2 13:33:20 1996
Subject: Re: Guioco Piano notes
To: (Andrew Lord)
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 1996 13:33:18 +0000 (GMT)

Hi Andrew

> I've just got addicted to chess 

Sympathy: there is no cure...

> I'm stuck on a problem with a Guiuco Piano line. I got as far 
> as:
> 1. e4 e5
> 2. Nf3 Nc6
> 3. Bc4 Bc5
> 4. c3 Nf6
> 5. d4 exd4
> 6. cxd4 Bb4+
> 7. Nc3 Nxe4
> 8. 0-0 BxN
> 9.

The French 'Little Centre'

The Sicilian Defence

The Variations of the King's Gambit

Here's a zip-through the main lines of the King's Gambit, using complete games. I have tried where possible to use games from Joe Gallagher's popular book.

Play through games here:

  There are three basic classes of defence:


  • accept the Pawn


  • counter-gambit


  • get on with development


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