1. The first system to learn and play for both sides
2. Another system to learn and play against 1.e4
3. One system to play against 1.d4
4. Six openings for White with 1.e4
(and therefore six openings you need to defend against as Black)
5. One defence you can try as Black after 1.e4
6. Eight other Black defences you will meet as White after 1.e4
7. Six other systems you will meet as Black after 1.e4 e5
Lesson 1. The first system to learn and play for both sides
"When I am White I win because I am White, when I am Black I win
because I am Bogoljubow." - Efim Bogoljubow.
I'm still thinking about this, so bear with me, and comments
I pounced on Nunn's Chess Openings when it came out, and
found some things that I found puzzling. Openings like the
Dutch Stonewall, which I had always thought of as being
fundamentally flawed, were being shown as equal, while
the Classical Dutch - which I thought was a superior approach - was coming out as +=.
Richard was interested in the Urusoff Gambit and Eddie in the Scotch Gambit.
Gambits offer a pawn for fast development and/or control of the centre. I approve very much of this way of playing, and it's the first thing I offer juniors as an alternative to playing Old Stodge with both White and Black in every game.
A four-board match played away at Exmouth one Saturday:
The top board players each made a mistake on move 5: 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 f5 4.Nc3 Nf6 now 5.e3(?) was possibly inaccurate, allowing 5...d5! (see Kosten’s book) but Black didn't play it, preferring 5...Be7.