In some ways, the game today is fairly simple. It’s ten moves and Black hangs a piece. GG.
This is true, but it isn’t the whole story. Black didn’t hang his piece randomly. He had a plan, and his first few moves were standard, and he played a standard central break. Things seemed fine on the surface, but if you look deeper, Black’s position was actually terrible. Why? Because Black didn’t follow opening principles. He moves a piece twice in the opening, and though it looked harmless, it basically brought him swift defeat.
Let’s take a look at how deep opening principles can take us. Continue reading
More ink has been spilled on chess openings than any other part of the game, and it’s easy to think it’s some mystical thing, too deep to understand. It really isn’t. For 98% of opening positions, Basic Opening Principles explain exactly what to do. They aren’t a secret. Here they are.
- Develop pieces, preferably Knights before Bishops.
- Make as few pawn moves as necessary.
- Castle quickly.
- Do NOT move the same piece twice.
- Do NOT bring the Queen out early.
That’s the opening in a nutshell. The vast majority of my games stick to this. Openings really can be this simple. Violating opening principles is a surefire way to lose quickly. That’s what happened here, in my fifth game since returning to chess. Continue reading