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From this model game, you will learn how the elements can be applied and evaluated in your own chess games. Hopefully you have read Chapter 2 and have already seen the results of the opening play starting from move Now we will look at the game from move one. Morphy launches off with 1 e4 Diagram 3. Diagram 3. Statistically speaking, 1 e4 is by far the most popular first move in the history of chess. This is no random occurrence, as this move agrees with the elements.

Meanwhile, it opens up the diagonals for the bishop on f1 and the queen on d1. The Duke and the Count play 1 …e5 Diagram 3. Chapter 3: The Elements in Motion 35 Historically, 1 …e5 is the most common move in response to 1 e4, although 1 …c5 is becoming more popular today.

Like 1 e4, 1 …e5 is also very conscientious of the elements, and it is a useful move for identical reasons as 1 e4. It controls space and allows other pieces to join the battle. White continues routinely with 2 Nf3, the most dominant choice of all time Diagram 3. White develops the knight while attacking the e5 pawn and gaining a tempo time. Another plus this move offers is that it helps clear the squares for a kingside castle.

Black follows with 2 …d6 Diagram 3. This move protects the e5 pawn, but no minor piece is developed. It does open up the diagonal for the bishop on c8, but that is canceled out because 2 …d6 limits the diagonal of the bishop on f8. In Diagram 3. Black uses the counter measure 3 …Bg4?! At a quick glance, it appears to be a decent move. Black develops a bishop and indirectly protects the e5 pawn by pinning the White knight.

For Black to maintain material equality, he must surrender the bishop. The Black bishop will make its second move of the game while capturing a knight that has only moved once time. The White knight is no longer pinned. Then Black is forced to play 5 …Kxd8, forfeiting castling.

White will follow with 6 Nxe5, winning a pawn. This knight threatens the bishop on g4 as well as the f7 square forking the king and rook. This is a poor choice for Black. So Black plays the logical 4 …Bxf3 instead Diagram 3.

Black moves the bishop for a second time to capture a knight that has only moved once time. Black also gives up the bishop pair, which in turn weakens the light squares. For example, in Diagram 3. A fork is an attack on two pieces or more. The bishop pair refers to the side with both the light- and dark-squared bishops. Typically, when one of these bishops is lost, the squares of that colored bishop become weak.

This is especially true if the opponent still has the bishop of that color. Chapter 3: The Elements in Motion Diagram 3. White correctly recaptures the bishop with 5 Qxf3 Diagram 3. The other logical move would be 5 gxf3, but this creates doubled pawns pawn structure. Now White plays a move that has many great attributes: 6 Bc4 Diagram 3.

First, it develops a piece. Second, checkmate is also threatened with 7 Qxf7. Finally, it frees up the last square for White to castle time, space, and king safety. It stops the checkmate while developing a piece toward the center. Are there any possible flaws to this move? Morphy plays the laterally disguised 7 Qb3 Diagram 3.

White moves the queen for the second time in the game, but there is a good reason. The White queen 38 Part 1: Chess Opening Fundamentals attacks the pawn on b7 and also forms a battery with the bishop on c4 that attacks the f7 square. The White queen creates a double attack, threatening to win two different pawns material. How does Black cope with the multiple threats? Black must give up the pawn on either b7 or f7. Therefore, Black moves 7 …Qe7 to protect the f7 square Diagram 3.

The clear drawback of this move is that it blocks the bishop on f8. After this, White will be up a pawn material , but since the queens are gone, the game will most likely be decided in the endgame. This would still be objectively winning, yet Morphy White was not going to have that ….

Chess Language A battery is when two or more pieces queen and bishop help each other attack on the same file, rank, or diagonal. A double attack is when one piece attacks two or more different opponent pieces. White plays the powerful and poised 8 Nc3 Diagram 3.

Morphy shows an unbelievable patience with the position. Most players would have captured the free pawn on b7. However, this would have been the third time within the first eight moves that the White queen has moved time. So Morphy prefers to deploy another minor piece and control more space with 8 Nc3. Black is blindly grateful and plays 8 …c6 Diagram 3.

The idea of this move is to protect the pawn on b7 with the queen. Still, Black is not helping his cause, as he has only developed one minor piece—the knight. White brings along another friend with 9 Bg5 Diagram 3. This bishop pins the knight on f6 and tightens the straitjacket.

It also frees up the space for White to castle on the queenside. If we closely inspect Diagram 3.

Because of this lead in time and development, Morphy also controls more space. Since he has more pieces out in the open controlling more squares, he is ready to overpower his opponent.

Not to be forgotten, White is also ready to castle on the very next move, while Black is three moves away. The move 9 …b5 is also an attempt to gain a free move, forcing the bishop to retreat. Black could then try 10 …Nbd7 for a playable position. White plays the seemingly shocking 10 Nxb5 Diagram 3. To the untrained eye, this may seem to be a surprising move since it gives up material.

The main idea of this sacrifice is to open up lines and avenues toward the king. To understand this position and the move played, we must apply the elements. Despite the fact that White will lose material after 10 …cxb5, the position is as if White is up material.

This means that White has more useful and active pieces in the game. Meanwhile, Black has not moved the knight on b8, the bishop on f8 is suffocated, and the rook on h8 is absolutely meaningless.

To further add to the problems, it will take too long to activate these pieces so that Black can castle. As you will see, 10 Nxb5 is absolutely justified! White could have also tried sacrificing the bishop by 10 Bxb5?! After Black captures the bishop 10 …cxb5 , White will play 11 Nxb5. In Chapter 2, we were able to see how this game ended, but it is not so easy to decline a sacrifice and see that far in the future.

Granted, Black would still be down at least a pawn and have many weaknesses, but he would not have lost so quickly.

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Maybe he knew all of this and did not want to delay the inevitable. I highly doubt it …. There is only one sound choice: 11 …Nbd7 Diagram 3. Do you remember what to do now?

If you skipped Chapter 2, shame on you. I forgive you, but can you find the move? Each and every variation will attempt to apply the elements in some way. So I will bring you up-to-date with more current moves played by the best of the best. We will also analyze some variations, which might not follow our principles so well.

None has stood the test of time like e4. The move 1 e4 has been the true benchmark for all openings. This move has been championed and promoted by the majority of World Champions.

These are wonderful footsteps to follow in. What makes 1 e4 the most highly regarded of all time? In Chapter 3, we discussed the effectiveness of e4.

Use the elements! It stamps its presence in the center and frees squares for the bishop and queen space and time. If you look ahead, it is possible to castle by the fourth move if 1 e4 is played king safety. No first move can allow you to castle quicker than 1 e4—only tie. A very element-satisfying move indeed! The Black side must find a suitable reaction. Notice that this move applies the elements 46 Part 2: 1 e4 Openings in an identical fashion as 1 e4.

It also discourages White from playing 2 d4, building a classic center which can be gained by controlling the four central squares with two pawns. After 1 …e5 many ideas were tried, but only some were successful. I will also take a look at some popular variations you need to know. All the games in Chapter 4 will begin 1 e4 e5 Diagram 4. After we explore this starting position and the different branches, you should be confident enough to play these positions from either side.

Diagram 4. Petrov Defense The Petrov or Petroff Defense is characterized by an overall solid position, conceding a small amount of space to White. These attributes give this opening the reputation of a reliable defense. When top Grandmasters need a draw, the Petrov is an opening they often opt to play. The game begins 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 attacking the e5 pawn.

Black plays 2 …Nf6, launching the Petrov Defense Diagram 4. From here, White can take a few different roads. The pawn is taken without hesitation. Chapter 4: 1 e4 e5 Diagram 4. Watch Out! No matter how Black responds here, the queen is lost. A logical game continuation is 5 Qxe4 d6 6 d4 dxe5 7 dxe5 Nc6 8 Bb5 Bd7 9 Nc3 10 Bf4, leaving White up a pawn and in better position.

Black is worse off here, but this beats parting with the queen. Black should play the superior 3 …d6. Then White plays 4 Nf3, retreating the knight, and Black can safely move 4 …Nxe4, taking the pawn Diagram 4. However, Black should be very attentive over the next few moves. Black takes the pawn with bravery.

If White plays 5 Qe2 now, Black defends just fine with 5 …Qe7. The main line of this system is to play the central advance 5 d4. Sure, you could play this, but I recommend a much simpler approach. You should try 5 Nc3 Diagram 4.

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World-class players, including the current World Champion Viswanathan Anand, have had success with 5 Nc3. If Black backs the knight up, time and space will be lost. You need to analyze your games with the compute.

Computer is a powerful teacher which you have him in your home! Use it. You are not a parrot and for that reason you should not learn the theory mechanically and without understanding.

You need to learn theory step by step. First try to use your own ideas and then open the opening book and check it. Chess has a very long history. Many players before you and me develop the theory by playing a lot of games. You need to select some games from the top grandmasters and try to imitate their opening moves.

By the way this is a very important idea because you will not only learn the opening moves but also the middle game plans! It happens for the first time in this game:.

The most normal moves for White are 1. A lot of players will try to use these moves at the beginning of their games as White. Therefore, here I have an interesting system for you with the Black pieces:.

Ruy Lopez Opening Trap 1. One of the best opening trap ever played. The Ultimate Guide for Beginners. By GM Igor Smirnov. The ebook contains bonus lessons by GM Igor Smirnov. Table of content. What is chess opening? Basic opening strategy. How many openings should you learn?

Opening explorer. The best opening traps for beginners. Best openings for White. Best openings for Black. Summary Slide Let us discuss these opening principles more deeply. Develop your pieces Now the next question is: However, when the knight is developed to f3, it controls eight squares.

This is development. Find a suitable square for your piece once and for all. Do not try to bring your queen out early. Castle as early as possible. Try to prevent your opponent from castling. Smirnov Advice: Basic opening strategy Chess Opening rules. Control or occupy the centre the centre of the board holds the key to a chess game. Develop minor pieces knights, bishops. Castle your king: You can castle on the Kingside o-o or the Queenside o-o-o — which one depends on the opening you play.

Do not move the same piece or pawn twice unless it creates a huge attack against your opponent or you are winning material opening stage only. Do not move your queen unless it builds a huge attack on your opponent or you are winning material; the reason for this is that your opponent can easily attack your queen with his minor pieces and you will have to waste some moves on retreating your queen opening stage only.

Control the centre and you will control the game. The bishop to the same square, d4, is controlling only Familiarize with these basic openings. Alekhine opening system. Petroff defence. Nf3 Nf6. Spanish - Ruy Lopez opening system. France defense.

Nc3 Qa5. Sicilian defense. Queen's gambit declined. Nc3 Nf6. Slav defense.

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Nc3 Bg7 4. Nimzo indian defense. Nc3 Bb4. Nc3 d5. The book teaches you how to begin as white with 1. When you play black it teaches you how to respond to any move by white. It also gives explanations strategical , positional and theoretical novelties, ideas and plans Aug 8, 5. Aug 9, 6. Aug 9, 7. Aug 9, 8. NM 1e Aug 9, 9. Aug 9, This person was asking for help. I'm humbled by your kindness. Aug 10, Thanks for all this extremely helpful info. I'm going to check out these books.

First, do your self a favor. Ignore the list of books above. Since you are a beginner I recommend Chernev's Logical Chess: Move by Move. You also need a book to study Fundamental endgames. They are very important. Seirawan's book "Winning chess endings" is simple enough for your level.

Oh, thanks! I'm going to check that one out,,,,,. As for RussBell's list it's very good indeed!

It shows you what you need to avoid! Be careful of these guys , they are dangerous! DeirdreSkye wrote: Kindasspongey tries to sell books,Here are some ways to gain time in a chess game: 1.

They are completely useless for a beginner. White plays 6 c3 to safeguard the knight, and Black plays 6 …Nge7, introducing the knight into the game.

They are very important. For example, in Diagram 3.

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