What You Need to Know Well as a Beginner

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A fork is basically when one piece attacks two.


When one piece attacks a more valuable piece and then a less valuable piece behind it. Pawns can't skewer do to short range, knights can't because they jump, and kings are same reason as pawns.


A less valuable piece in front and a more behind it.



  • 4 years ago · Quote · #1


    a beginners opening repertoire. Hello i am here to explain something important; very important to beginner chess players and many other more advanced novice players. With over a thousand variations of openings many people want a repertoire for black and white. They study openings and then switch or do not know the middle game plan after the opening moves.

    Well i am here to tell you the mass hysteria of openings is just that, people will tell you to play open games as a beginner and that the King's Gambit is "broken" etc. this is all rubbish. the worst thing you can do is to adopt an opening repertoire, especially for "open" games. These games end up requiring a huge study time investment to learn the variations and anyone else you play will have been playing for years. You have very little hope of regularly winning if you chose The Ruy Lopez or the Sicilian etc. These openings are far to advanced for novices like you and I... (the REASON for players wanting repertoirez is simple; FEAR, the ' belief ' others will know the opening before they play and study it to find flaws in it and defeat them. Probably most club players and above know this happens since they have seen others hurt by it, and we novices follow this principle of a repertoire becasue the idols and masters have success with it; but no one tells us they have also a decade or 20 years of chess experience also. FORGET having a repertoire, it will only make you a weak and frustrated player. Invest in a SYSTEM that is solid the PIRC and RETI openings !!!   )

    Lets look at an example of a terrible opening... You play the Nimzo-Indian Defense, why? Becasue long before you were born some Chess Godz had some stunning WINS with the Nimzo-Indian so you adopted it into your repertoire; and have been slowly being ' poisioned ' ever since. Its a bit like a cigarette smoker, a couple of cigarettes in your lifetime might not kill you but if you smoke regularly and live long enought 'odds-are' you are gone to lung cancer. IF you play the Nimzo-Indian and live long enough your chess is guaranteed to get ' brain cancer ' in my opinion. YOU play the Nimzo-Indian because you 'follow the crowd' which is human nature. Now i have offended some of you let me explain, ' The-Maker ' gave you 8 chess pieces and to REGULARLY remove the ' striped ' Bishop from the board ( ... BxC3 ) just to produce and annoying " Check ! " and deprive your enemy of a piece means that long term you ' learn ' that the striped squares have no diagonal support, that the ' bishop-pair ' does not exist, over the years your chess develops but lack of TWO Bishops prevents YOU from reaching your higher potential. ANY Opening that ' requires ' a early piece sacrifice is " EVIL " and is killing your chess. Do not play harmful chess; protect yourself, never put ' stupid ' openings in your ' repertoire ' unless you are an Master; (and who does not consider themselves an Expert)...

    So what to do? well i invented my own openings that quickly developed my pieces, protected my King etc. And it worked !!! So then i faced a delemma, no one else knew my opening thus i could win with strategy and tactics; knowing that eventually without blunders i would face much more experienced players who would not make these blunders and kill me.

    If you sit against a Grand Master you have a 50% chance of winning, right up till the opening move is made; then yor chances improve or go badly. This is becasue the opening is irrelevent, their ability to analyse, calculate, make combinations and avoid blunders is what kills you; NOT their opening. Any played opening is GOOD if it has been around for a long time to survive that opening must develop quickly and win by force or defend by position; otherwise people would not have contined to refine it but thrown it in the rubbish-bin.

    SO NEVER EVER try to study openings, opening study is a form of mass hysteria continued with fanatism over hte centuries. Time you spend on openings is time you neglect studying tactics, analysing the middle game and practicing the end game. So over time you get better with your repertoire and get further into a game; then lose the end-game. Like a good student you analyse your poor result and notice you made the move 7. Nxg4 but "the book" says you are wrong you should have played 7. h6 so its the opening you messed up, (the analysis of your game shows you made 6 blunders) and your end-game knowledge consists of Rook/pawn games; but you think your opening led you to an unwinnable position...

    Hopefull today people have Jobs, life-partners, homes and a million other time consuming commitments. I myself am a man-of-luxury my time is unlimited i have not worked in years i read my dozens of chess books and neglect real life commitments. My rating is terrible because i play rated chess when tired or distracted, but even i cannot study openings, middle-games, end games and the dozen other things chess requires for improvement.

    THE SOLUTION; DO NOT adopt rare openings, nor can you expect to win with games on the ' c ', ' d ' or ' e ' file. most opponents will kill you easily if you venture onto those well known raods. This leaves us with the ' f ' file. so; you adopt a traspositional opening SYSTEM.

    PLAY 1. Nf3 (the Reti) as White and play 1... Nf6 (the Pirc) as Black. These SYSTEMS have won regularly at all levels of chess. So instead of trying to learn different openings and their variations THE RETI becomes a different opening AFTER the game has started, so you learn ONE system... You learn it well and play it as you improve and study tactics and calculation you improve...

    BEST OF ALL ; over time these SYSTEMS  are EXPANDABLE so you can ENLARGE your options without starting at the beginning again. The White RETI becomes five different styles in one, and the same with the PIRC and the PIRC is a good BASIS to defend anything White plays.

    Everyone including even myself have an 'opinion' "about" chess, the good thing is people are allowed to express resonable differing opinions. Now i KNOW some people will say that chess cannot be played seriously by just the PIRC and RETI. BUT IT CAN !!! these systems were around for many many years before any current chess player was alive and they will be here long after every chess player on the planet has been 'replaced' by a new generation.

    THESE SYSTEMS have PROVEN SOLID WINNING PERFORANCES, if you lose then YOU lose; but its not the 'opening', do not shoot the opening because you are dysfunctional. OR if you chose not to follow my advice do what most chess idiots do; adopt and opening play it for six months and study it an continue to lose and they try a completely different opening you know nothing of. That was in Chapter 13 of "the Fool's Guide to Chess". [fictitious].

    The RETI / PIRC will serve you well to learn and play and win chess games, over YEARS you will become solid in them and develop as a player and come to new understandings of chess (or so i think). BEST OF ALL you will see other openings that you might feel fit your personal style so over time you can rarely but occassionally experimently investigate a different opening; maybe adopt it, BUT STILL HAVE YOUR SOLID RETI / PIRC system behind you should you as your 'safety net'. YOU WILL come to know what other opening you want to invest the next five year plan into studing !!! one that suits your mood and style; how can that be bad ? ...

    The RETI and the PIRC will over time get you into winnable middle games, and success will encourage you. Best of all these SYSTEMS are adaptable and expandable and require LESS STUDY. Now here people will scream at me "are you insane?" [well the " jury " is 'still out' on that ? :)   ] Novices are advised ' you learn one opening at a time and learn it well ' , ' play open games to learn tactics ' , ' you should play your chosen opening ' for at least a year ' ; all this is well intended and VERY BAD advice. The RETI / PIRC require far less study than main-stream openings simply because many of your opponents are learning the C, D & E file openings. They will be far less familar with your F file FLANK opening = you do not need to devote so much study time and effort keeping up to date with new developments.

    YOU can learn a variety of skills required in chess like end-games, attacking, defense, pawns, space, material, tactics, positonal analysis, calculating/evaluating, practice puzzles and still manage to drag yourself off to work and hopefully not drive others around you 'insane' from your chess books :)

    A final benifit of the RETI / PIRC is simple if you find the style of play boring over time or that you hate attacking (and modern chess is about attacking) all your study AND over-the-board EXPERIENCE allows you to change these 2 systems into a different style of game. So forget the stupid Sicilian or French; PLAY the RETI / PIRC...

    You hopefully have a Real-Life outside of Chess and far far more important things to study than 'openings' , probably the best thing you could learn and focus upon is how to avoid blunders; that sole reason would be enough to encourage most novices to avoid opening theory " the book" and adopt these expandable SYSTEMS and forget stupid "repertoirez" IMHO ( In - My - Humble - Opinion ).....

  • 16 months ago · Quote · #2


    Thanks.  I'll try that

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