Preparation day 1: Which openings will I play?
I played and taught many different openings in the last 30 years. My goal for today was to decide which openings will I play in the tourney.
I decided to use solid openings with both white and black and go for strategical positions where my experience my count a lot.
I will start with 1.d4 and play the system with a fianchetto bishop on g2. It gives safety to my king and I can go to the middle game or play long endgames with a small edge.
I selected a few games from my history about these systems.
Catalan with white and white against the king's indian:
Russian defense with black against 1.e4
Slav defense with black against 1.d4
1...e5 against 1.c4:
After the opening decision I solved around 20 puzzles from a database where I have 1001 checkmate puzzles. I plan to solve all the puzzles before the tourney starts.
I share with you 3 puzzles to solve: