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Exploiting Opening Errors 2

GM Sam Shankland Avg Rating: 1640 Openings

This is part 2 of a course about exploiting typical opening errors or inaccuracies, aimed for stronger players than the first one. A variety of openings, themes, both tactical and positional, are presented. You will deepen your understanding of opening strategy and the balance between black and white's ideas, and particularly improve your ability to deal with unusual moves, off-beat lines, moves played out of order, and opening errors.

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  • Broken Tension

    White has just played 9. d5?! when Bf1 is almost universally played. Can black benefit from white releasing the tension?
  • Draw so soon?

    Black has just played Nbd7 in a position where a5 was always considered the main move. Note that this is identical to the position 2 moves before with the exception that there is no pawn on c4 (Nxc4 Nb6 Ne5 Nbd7 has been played). How should white react to this early proposal of a repetition of moves?
  • Safety First

    In a normal looking Slav Defense, black has played Bf5 when many other moves have been preferred. How should white react?
  • Light Squares

    In a position where black has played many moves before: a6, e6, g6, Nc6-- He has played the move e5?!.
  • Queen-a-licious!

    In a normal-looking Rubinstein French structure, something is amiss...
  • Catalan, or not?

    In this normal double fianchetto position, white has offered the c4 pawn Catalan-style. How should black react?
  • Safety Not First

    In this position, white has immediately advanced f5. Has he adequately prepared this aggressive thrust?
  • Typical, or not?

    b5 is a very normal plan in the Najdorf, but it is almost never played this early.
  • Strange Grunfeld

    White has played a seemingly ridiculous move against the Grunfeld, but refuting it is not so easy to do...
  • Move Order Woes

    In a typical Rauzer, white has played f4?! before castling queenside, which is not typical.
  • Move Order Woes 2

    The attack on the g7-pawn is the most testing line white can play against the Winawer French, but here white has played their moves out of order. What should black do about it?
  • Unprepared Recapture

    In what was a normal Slav, white neglected to play a4.
  • Unprepared Recapture 2

    In a very similar way to the previous example, white neglected to play a4. Now what?
  • London Goes Down

    In a normal Reti opening, Black has played Bf5?! instead of the more normal Be6. How should white respond?
  • London Goes Down 2

    The London system enjoys a reputation as being a very solid opening, even if not the most ambitious. Here we will see how to kill it!
  • Lack of Development 2

    In a normal looking Qc2 Nimzo, white has played c5?!, which gains space but neglects development. How should black react?
  • Wrong Knight

    In what was a normal looking Benko, black has chosen to put the wrong knight on d7
  • Good Pieces and Bad Pieces

    In a standard Benoni, White has played e4 much earlier than normal.
  • Grabby Guy

    Black is very hungry for pawns.
  • Hidden Resources

    White has played a very natural move in Be2, but this was a serious inaccuracy..

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