# Openings: Example Exercises!

Sep 17, 2014, 12:49 PM |
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Below you will find some example exercises for openings:

We start with a Ruy Lopez, of which the White plan was discussed in the previous post:
http://www.chess.com/blog/linlaoda/how-to-know-you-are-studying-openings-wrong

How should we proceed as White? Should White continue with his plan Nd2-f1?
Answer found at the end of the lesson as to not spoil the fun

The next example features a Sicilian Najdorf:

Black would like to move his e pawn in order to develop his kingside (and castle), but should he move it 1 or 2 squares?

in this example, we learn to place our pieces as to also be aware of the placements of the opponent's pieces. The answer is found below:

Black now wants to develop his light bishop. Should he develop to d7 or b7?

White and Black have castled on opposite wings, meaning that the middlegame will be a pawn storm in which both sides march their pawns on opposite wings to checkmate the opponent.

Black will march his queenside pawns and White will march his kingside pawns. Thus, this determines where we place our light bishop. On b7, the bishop looks attractive, but it gets in the way of placing a rook on the b file, and does not attack any queenside squares. On d7 however, the bishop controls the key squares b5 and a4 - thus, this is the right square for the bishop.

We deduced the logic by thinking about where the piece will be best placed for the middlegame.

And now the answer to the first Ruy Lopez example:

We determined how to continue by thinking about our opponent's plans.

I hope these examples were instructive - they are meant to show that the opening is not a mindless phase of the game. We must think logically about where to place our pieces - no longer shall we mindlessly place our pieces!

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