Openings

Openings juniors should know

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

 
Italian Game (Giuoco Piano) with c3
 
1. e4 e5

Don't touch the pawns in front of your King!

[Event "Berlin Jubilee"]
[Site "Berlin"]
[Date "1907.??.??"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Von Scheve, Theodor"]
[Black "Teichmann, Richard"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C53"]
[PlyCount "34"]
[EventDate "1907.??.??"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Qe7 5. O-O d6 6. d4 Bb6 7. a4 a6 8. a5 Ba7
9. h3 Nf6 10. dxe5 Nxe5 11. Nxe5 Qxe5 12. Nd2 Bxh3 13. gxh3 Qg3+ 14. Kh1 Qxh3+
15. Kg1 Ng4 16. Nf3 Qg3+ 17. Kh1 Bxf2 0-1

The Bogoljubow Paradox

"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 invited...

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 +=.

Opening Workshop 2012

Two open gambits

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.

Here's a starter for each:

Junior Openings - Beginners and Improvers

Basic Opening Repertoire for young players

You want a standard opening to learn? Here is my suggestion:

System for White Scotch Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exe4 4.Bc4

When Black avoids your main system IQP systems 1.e4 c5 2.c3 & d4

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4

System for Black against 1.e4 French Defence 1.e4 e6

System for Black against 1.d4 Tarrasch Defence 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5

Modern Classics - the Scotch Gambit

The old Italian-style attacking openings for White have not been played at the top level of chess for a long while. Was Jonathan Penrose the last master to venture the Scotch Gambit? Anyhow, even if the masters have got it all under control, the rest of us can still play in the Romantic, gambit style. It's also easy to recommend to juniors. In pursuit of nostalgia, several people have been posting material on the web about the Scotch Gambit and related openings.

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