Applying the opening principles in my OTB ECF graded matches

Feb 26, 2014, 8:23 PM |

Here is the article titled:  "The Principles of the Opening - for Beginners!"   Here is the page titled:  "Study Plan for Beginners:  The Opening!" 


The opening two links are the theory, and I won't repeat the theory here.  But as this blog post, like all my blog posts are about my Over The Board chess "career" I will analyise if I have actually applied the principles in my actual chess games. 


All of these games are Over The Board chess games, and they all ECF graded games.  And I do know all of the opening principles in theory, hopefully I managed to apply them in practice. 


As I have just completed the milestone of my first 50 ECF graded games, it seems as good a time as any to review my play in these games. 


The games only go as far as move 10 as I am just concentrating on reviewing my play in the opening with regards to the opening principles.  If I was black in the game I have already flipped the board so you can see the game how I would have seen it over the board.  Here we go then: 





I am aware that most of the commentry in my games is pretty basic and obvious.  Finally although my rating is well over 1400, I still believe the study plan for beginners is useful.  I have studied things like transpositions for an indermediate level but this is not for this article. 


I am planning to review all 50 games that I have played but for now here are my first 5.  How well did I do in applying the principles of the opening?  Please comment below.