Openings

The Ideas behind the English Opening

I don't like doing so many sessions on Openings, because we all play different ones, but while Rex was asking me about the English it occurred to me that I have played more English Opening games than any other over the last 15-20 years, but I have never tried to teach anybody about it. So I sat down and tried to put together this session.

  I immediately realised why it wasn't such a natural thing to do, because the damn thing is so diffuse and complex. [I wouldn't dream of doing a session which I had narrowed down to "1.d4", even less so if there were vast transpositional

Dr.Dave's Adventures with the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit

Exeter Chess Club: My adventures with the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit

Introduction

If you haven't met this spendid opening before, do check out Tom Purser's BDG World magazine for games, variations, stories and a chance to meet the characters of the BDG community.

  The opening is named for Blackmar, who described the gambit 1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. f3 , and for Diemer, who improved the line by avoiding the defence

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