Grandmaster's Lesson #1: Opening Technique

Grandmaster's Lesson #1: Opening Technique

Jun 11, 2017, 6:41 AM |

I would like to share club players some grandmaster's thinking of chess because I studied lots of GM's lessons in Gmail. This is the 1st lesson. HAVE FUN! 

p/s: For the next lesson, you have to wait because now I don't have time do do this until I have freetime! Thanks



First, let's find out what seperate GMs from Club Players in the OPENING. 


Many people wonder how deeply they should know their openings. Many people also forget the lines they just studied, but DON'T worry about that!


Chess is a complex game and no matter what opening you choose, simply memorizing everything is never going to work!


First you need to identify the most important and popular lines in your openings.


You can start by looking at a bunch of master games in this opening scheme to get a better feel for how to play it the system and the resulting structures and endgames.


This will help you better UNDERSTAND your opening


Now I'll use the French Defence as an example.



In this position, Black has a "bad" light-squared bishop because it is on the same color as Black's central pawn structure e6-d5)


In the Advance variation of French Defence, Black usually wants to play Bc8-d7-b5 to exchange his "bad" bishop for White's "good" bishop (White's light-squared bishop is on the opposite color as White's central pawn structure c3-d4-e5)


Understanding these types of typical maneuvers is more important than memorizing specific move orders in the opening.


This knowledge is important for both sides:



Here White has played 1.Bb5+ Bd7 2.Bd3 (turn back the Bishop from b5 to d3). Now why would White seemingly lose time like this in the opening?


He is not losing time because he already knows what Black wants to do.


Black's standard idea is to play...b6 and move his light-squared bishop to a6 to exchange White's "good" bishop.


However after check on b5, now the bishop is on d7 and it is Black, not White, who has to lose time if he still want to exchange his "bad" bishop.


Now you can understand why knowing the key ideas is important for both sides! 


Thanks for watching!