Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 12

Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 12

aww-rats
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Jan 8, 2015, 7:54 PM |
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Today I will discuss opening preparation. If you study a lot of theory, you can gain often get a comfortable game. If you're willing to try a less popular variation, you could catch an opponent by surprise. I have more examples of this in blogs to come. The line I am showing today is not Black's best choice (Steiner variation) in the Marshall Gambit to the Ruy Lopez but could give you an advantage if White isn't prepared for it. Chances are if he's rated below 2000, he isn't! How can we tell this? Well, I'm going to ask you select a move for White to play, but PLEASE, do not look the opening up in books or databases. It's ok if you don't pick the best move, what wil be important is the example games I will share next time showing what could happen if White doesn't play precisely.

 

As I have proven already, most players who play correspondence (Online or turn-based) chess play quickly and don't look up openings while playing. In a real life game, your opponent is on his own, and the clock is ticking! He may be prepared for a main line Marshall Gambit, but not the Steiner variation!

 

Here are the moves:


So, please tell us what you would play as White! Tell us how much time you spent as well!

 Edit: There is no trap here. White isn't losing. It's all about what can happen if White isn't booked up. You will see in two days with part 13!

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