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What to do in a chess opening
Rules of the thumb
1. Dominate the center.
2. Only move your pieces once (if possible).
3. Avoid unnecessary pawn moves.
4. Castle (before move 10 if possible).
5. Mobilize all your pieces.
6. Do not place your knights at the edges of the chessboard.
How to Survive the Opening
1. Make only as many pawn moves as are necessary to develop your pieces.
Pushing pawns is great fun. People use to love to crush my opponents against the wall with a huge pawn phalanx. However, it’s not so much fun when the opponent’s pieces start to checkmate your denuded king. Two pawn moves (your d- and e-pawns) is plenty to get your forces mobilized.
2. Put all your pieces on active squares as soon as possible.
They should have plenty of scope for further movement. Note all your pieces – not just one or two. One piece on its own doesn’t constitute an Attacking force.
3. Arrange your pieces and pawns so that your pieces are not exposed to Attack.
Obviously there is no point putting your pieces on squares where your opponent can immediately drive them back. Your pawns can help in this respect, by controlling some key squares.
4. Do not waste any time.
Any move that does nothing to increase the activity of your pieces should be regarded with suspicion. Naturally, you should respond to direct threats.
What Constitutes a “Good” Opening
To have much appeal to over-the-board players, an opening must have the following qualities:
1. It must not lose by force.
No one likes to gamble on the opponent not having memorized the winning continuations.
2. It should not involve too much simplification.
An overly simplified position gives little scope for outplaying the opponent.
3. It should be reasonably promising.
For White, this means some hope of preserving an advantage; for Black, either equality or at worst just a small disadvantage, with some counterplay. Whether a player’s priority is equality or counterplay depends on his temperament.
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