Easiest opening to learn for beginners ..

  • 4 years ago · #104


    sign me up!!!

  • 4 years ago · #105


    I started with this one:

  • 4 years ago · #106


    That, the Italian Game, is what most beginners should play. It simply develops pieces, allows them to castle, and have a good game.

  • 4 years ago · #108


    pfren wrote:

    This is the well-known inaccuracy which allows 4...Nxe4 with a good game for Black- although Black's best line is not the one most authorities suggest.

    Yeah, true! But we're talking about beginners. After 5.O-O Nxc3 6.dxc3 Bc5? 7.Ng5 O-O? 8.Qh5 and possibilities for quick mate.

  • 4 years ago · #113


    Excellent post Bankwell.

  • 4 years ago · #115


    FLchessplayer wrote:

    Bankwell - obviously - came in here to sound off and look foolish, in this regard, he succeeded magnificently. 

    No, I just don't think people got the intent of his post.

  • 4 years ago · #116


    I suspect it's BS, but it's a tidy little piece of advertising.

    Business rule #1, there's always profit in being there to provide water to the thirsty crowd.

  • 4 years ago · #117


    I'm not saying I'm definitely right here, and I'm open to other ideas. Plus I only coach juniors and don't have any experience with novice adults. But...

    I find from experience that the best approach is to allow them to choose their own openings (within reason, if they play something completely daft I would suggest them changing it) and then teach them to play those chosen openings well.

    Rationale: if they personally like their opening, then they are more likely to want to learn it, and will pay more attention to improving. If they feel the opening is imposed on them, they are more likely to just go through the motions of pretending to learn it, whilst actually all they are doing is memorising sequences of moves without trying to understand what's actually going on.

  • 4 years ago · #118


    Like learning the guitar...

  • 4 years ago · #119


    IMO, I don't think that is the right method.The reason is that before you learn to play, let's say Dutch, you have first to learn to play Queen's Gambit.If you don't , you will have a huge gap in your education that eventually will kick in.

       A junior chessplayer is like a kid.If you want him to be "strong" you have to "feed" him correctly and not let him "eat" what he likes.Later when he can judge  , he can decide about his "food" but at his first steps he has to be guided closely because the point is not to understand an opening.The point is to understand chess, that is what many forget(I'm talking generally).

  • 4 years ago · #120


    FLchessplayer wrote:

    There are quite a few broken links in the above lesson ... if I get enough demand, I will post the corrected links here. 

    If there are broken links, then post it, even if there isn't a huge demand.

    I know I would like it.

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