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How to win a lot of games exploiting a serious common opening mistake

  • NM aww-rats
  • | Aug 18, 2014
  • | 9298 views
  • | 70 comments

I can speak easier than I can explain, so I made a short video. In essence, the common opening mistake being made in amateur chess is pushing rook pawns (a and h files) up one square to keep Bishops and Knights from giving pins or threatening forks. I've decided this defense is self-taught by people who developed their chess skills on the internet, and not from reading chess books.

Essentially, moving Rook pawns is bad for a number of reasons.

1) You weaken your pawn shield in front of your castled King

2) You don't develop a piece thus you fall behind and your pieces won't be ready when you need them.

3) You may allow a sacrfice on h6 or h3

4) Opposite side castling allows pawn storms, hence tension, and thus open files against your King occurs quickly.

Anyway, the video explains these concepts in detail. Have a look, stop pushing your Rook pawns, and learn to take advantage when your opponent does!

Direct link: http://youtu.be/XyjD2O3SGU4

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Comments


  • 2 months ago

    NM aww-rats

    Here's another Rook Pawn push, 14.h3 from the same team match. What's sad about this is it's a book position and known to be very bad for White as Black has a stock sacrifice. 14. g3 keeps the balance. Pity many of today's internet chess players do not realize you may look up openings in books and databases while playing correspondence chess. I'll get all the games from this match posted. Videos are already made of all these games.



  • 2 months ago

    NM aww-rats

    kroksis...Yes, there are postions where you need to move your Rook pawns, and the Chess Mentor answer is correct, Black would play ...Bg4 and thus pressure d4. h3 is played in main line Ruy Lopez for same reason, and I mention this in video.If you look at the Rook pawn pushes in the games I give below you will see most are just bad habit moves. The opponent not only didn't plan necessarily to occupy the N5 square with either a Bishop or a Knight, there was no pressure to be gained by doing so.

  • 2 months ago

    kroksis

    I am trying to follow the advice, to unlearn my bad habits and to glue my rook pawns to the board, but today I did the chess.com "Chess Mentor" exercise and decided to show it to you. The starting position shows 3 rook pawns moved, and the right answer is, yes, to move the 4th rook pawn!

     

  • 2 months ago

    NM aww-rats

    Here, both players are guilty. All eight rook's pawns are pushed in two games. Only two of them were to attack pieces. I didn't think the first game would see all 4 rook pawn pushes, but it finally did!

     




  • 2 months ago

    NM aww-rats

    This guy managed to move 3 of his 4 rook pawns early in two games. Surprising since one may consult books and databases to find the proper opening moves, and learn them while at it!




  • 2 months ago

    NM aww-rats

    Here is another waste of two tempos with useless rook pawn pushes, same team match. (There are a lot of them in that match, this match inspired this article!)



  • 2 months ago

    NM aww-rats

    I'll start adding some of the games I have run into with the meaningless rook pawn pushes. Here..7...h6 is a total waste as White was not planning to place anything on g5. Result is, Black must either lose a pawn, or castling rights. Black later stops to push ...a6. Totally pointless. There is a video of this, and countless other rook pawn pushes in my playlist for the Correspondence Team Match.

  • 2 months ago

    mcris

    There is even a system than won games against the top engines with all h and g pawns pushed once in the opening! (if someone interested I can give chess.com link)

  • 2 months ago

    dortam888

    on everygame that h6 a6 a3 h3 weaken the position and much unnecessary i can bring 

  • 2 months ago

    rev786

    Good example.I'd like to see one where they move the corner pawn from the start of the game and there opponent sacrifices a piece to checkmate.Well played Swapnil.It was a good one.

  • 2 months ago

    swapnil1521

  • 2 months ago

    swapnil1521

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  • 3 months ago

    swapnil1521

    Another great video from aww-rats!  

  • 3 months ago

    espressozenmonkey

    Bill, I thought you might find vindication in this video by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, in which he (not once, but TWICE!), critiques unwarranted a/h file pawn pushes!

    Member Analysis: You Delay, You Pay!

    http://www.chess.com/video/player/member-analysis-you-delay-you-pay

  • 3 months ago

    rev786

    As the game goes along,one of the pawns will have to move sooner or later,whether it be the rook pawn or the king pawn,one of them will have to move up,even to give the king a out if its put in check.Some people do play either the knigs indian or the rook pawn up as a stanch (there defence) but its good to learn we dont need to push the rook pawn up early in the game which i was guilty of and it cost me many games being lost through my oppenents sacifising a piece by capturing the rook pawn.

  • 3 months ago

    DEFEAT_IS_UR_DESTINY

    nice video.

  • 3 months ago

    jminkler

    Personally, I would love to see h6 as white ... just sayin ... 

  • 3 months ago

    aga2021

    Bardzo ciekawy artykuł na temat błędów przeciwnika w szachach na pewno się przyda. Agencja Artystyczna INFERNAL

  • 3 months ago

    NM aww-rats

    welcome to my block list, population OBIT and other trolls.

    • 86 minutes ago · Delete

      OBIT 

      Oh, really... seen through your own eyes, Chap.

    I would say just about everyone's eyes but your own.

  • 3 months ago

    OBIT

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