And now, the Newb presents... 1.e4 cheatsheet
I just wanted to share a little cheatsheet that I made for my wife. (Flowers, Ha! Women want chess help!) It's an .odt made with LibreOffice. (I don't know if MS Office will read those.) It's a tar file. (I don't know what Windoze does with tar files.) It's here in the download section.
The plan was to teach her the openings that start with:
That gives her:
Scotch - 3.d4
Ponziani - 3. c3
2 Knights/4 Knights - 3.Nc3
Giuoco Piano - 3.Bc4
Ruy Lopez - 3.Bb5
Lean 5 moves - learn 5 openings.
She wrote all that down and I thought. Diagrams would be helpful. So, I found this really neat website at http://www.apronus.com/chess/wbeditor.php that lets you create 1-piece gifs of positions that can be embedded in documents.
I scrubbed Scotch and Ponziani because I've never seen them in the wild.
I added Berlin and Steinitz variations of Ruy Lopez and then some stuff that I keep running into:
Philidor's Defense (usually people avoiding Ruy Lopez)
a couple French Defense variations
Caro-Kann (which used to work well for me)
That should keep her busy.