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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Opening Instructor Part 3

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Catalan Opening Part 3  ( 8 --- Nd5)

It is generally known that in the closed openings, such as the Queen's Gambit, Black's Main problem is the development of the Queen's Bishop. The Queen's Indian aims to solve precisely this problem by developing the Bishop on b7 ( or as the case may be a6).

In the catalan opening White anticipates this pan and takes control of the long diagonal first.

The pressure along the 'Catalan' diagonal is obvious and Black frequently has problems with the development of his Queen side. However, the other side of the coin is that the c4 pawn is left without its most natural defence, the light squared Bishop. This means that Black can capture that pawn at virtually any moment. If white decides to win the pawn Back, this is usually connected with loss of considerable time or some other positional concessions.

Black can also opt for more solid approach, besides slow development behind the shelter of the central pawn, something like Nbd7, c6, Bb7 or Ba6 and only late choose the best form of counter pay, be it dxc4 or c5.

This opening was officially played for the first time in 1929 in the town of sitges (near Barcelona). There were the best players at that time such as Tartakower. The Passionate Francese Armengol who was one of the organizers of the international chess tournament framed in the Universal Exposition of Barcelona. Armengol had in mind that it should be an opening called the catalan opening, so that there is also Spanish, Italian, French or Netherland opennes so, he took advantage of going to the tournament to call a competition where the participants had to invent and play a new opening, that would take that name.It was the Polish Tartakower who won the competition and he put in his pocket the not despicable, at that time, 150 pessetes (Just over one dollor today) A strange combination of gambit of Queen with a Fianchetto of the Kingside.

1 d4 d5  2  c4  e6  3  Nf3  Nf6  4  g3  dxc4  Bg2  Bd7  6  Ne5  Bc6  7  Nxc6  Nxc6  8  0-0  Nd5




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 1
e3
 Be7
Qc2
 b5
b3
 Ndb4
Qe2
 c3(1)














 2
Qa4
 Nb6
Bxc6
 bxc6
Qxc6
 Qd7
Qxd7(2)
 Kxd7
e4(3)












 3
----
 Qd7
Qxc4
 Nb6
Qd3
 0-0-0
Qf3(4)















 4
----
 Qd6
Qxc4
Qb4 
Bxd5
exd5 
Qxd5
 Qxd4
Qf3
Bb4 











 5






Qxb4
Ndxb4 
Nc3
Nc2 
d5
exd5 
Rb1
0-0-0 
Bxd5






 6









-----
Nxd4 
Bxb7
Rb8 
Be4
f5 
Be3
Nxe2+ (5) 
Nxe2
fxe4 (6) 


 7


























 1  Black easily equalises.
2  12 Qf3  Be7  13  Nc3  0-0  14  Rd1  White is slightly better due to weak.
3. White's chances are slightly preferable.
4 and White's light squared Bishop should secure him an advantage.
5 15 ---fxe4  16  Bxd4  Nc6  17  Be3  Rxb2  18  Rab1  
    15 --- Bc5  16  Bb1  0-0  17  Rd1  Rfd8  18  Kg2  Nbc6  19  Bd3
6  17  Nc3  Nd5  18  Bd4  Nf6  19  Rfe1  Bb4  20  Re3 ( White has better prospects )

Opening Instructor Part 2


Opening Instructor Part 1

Friday, September 23, 2011

Opening Instructor Part 2

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Opening with d4.

As we go on developing our opening knowledge we find that every opening has its own weakness.

The player must know in advance the weakness and the strength of the opening before using it in the games.

The 'e4' and 'd4' opening is the most common in the chess parlance. When we open with the 'e4' pawn it controls one central square (d5) but the 'd4' pawn opening one additional benefit that it controls the e5-square as well as d4-square. This d4-square is controlled by the queen behind it. Another difference is that when the games opens with e4-pawn it is undefended and hence vulnerable for the immediate attack.

It can be explained by the following examples.

Alekhine Defence ( 1e4 Nf6 )
Scandenavian defence ( 1 e4  d5)












Others allow 2 d4 and then attack e4on Black's 2nd move. : The Caro Kannn Defence ( 1 e6  c6  2 d4  d5 ), the French Defence ( 1 e4  e6  2 d4  d5 ) and the Pirc Defence ( e4  d6  2 d4 Nf6 ).

But 1 d4 , none of Black's major defences attack the d4-pawn and none even allow 2 e4, ie these defences all start with either 1 ... d5  or  1 ...Nf6  fighting for control of e4.

On the other side, when we White plays 1 d4, it has done nothing to contribute towards castling kingside. In fact, he often follows up with the moves 2 c4, 3 Nc3 and in some cases moves such as 4 Bf4, 4 Bg5 or 4 Qc2 none of which clear the way for kingside castling.. The Whites prospects of castling Queen side enhances due to early development of Knight and Bishop. But When White castles Queen side But the Queenn Side castling carries with it too many risks in terms of exposing White's King to quick attack.

Here one might think that the delayed castling of white can be well exploited by the Black.. But the delayed castling hasn't proved a decisive factor in the ensuing play. Furthermore, White can achieve positions in which his moves allow rapid castling anyway. Black emphasizes prevention of e4 since that would ideally be White's next move.


Opening Instructor Part 1 : Catalan Defence.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Opening Instructor Part 1

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Catalan  ( Part 1 )


1 d4 d5  2 c4  e6   3 Nf3  Nf6   4  g3 


( Black is faced with a choice : He can take the c4 pawn which leads to the open variation or else  he can continue his development i.e. choose the closed variation, when after reinforcing his d5 pawn  he plans counter attack on the enemy centre. ) 


dxc4 


( In taking the pawn , Black as though lengthens the diagonal of the Bishop at g2, allowing it to strike at the Queen side, What when is the point of 4.... dxc4? It is to exploit the time spent by the opponent on regaining the pawn to develop the pieces and create counter play against d4.)


 5 Bg2  Bd7  6  Ne5  Nc6  7  Nxc4












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----
 Nd5
0-0
 Nb6
Nba3
 Be7
e3
 0-0
Bd2













2

-----
 Bb4
Nc3
 Nd5
Qd3 (1)
 Qf6
a3
 Nxd4
axb4
 Nxb4
Qb1
 Nbc2
Kf1
 Nxa1
Qxa1
 Nb3



3










e3
 Qg6
Be4
 Qh5
0-0
 0-0
a3
 Be7
Bg2 (2)





1.    9 0-0 Nxc3
[ 9 ....Bxc3  10  bxc3  Nxc3   11 Qd3  Nxd4  12.  Qxd4  (Re1  Ndxe2+  13  Rxe2  Nxe2+  14  Qxe2  0-0 15  Ba3  Re8  16  Rd1  Qc8  17  Na5  c6  18  Nc4)]


10  bxc3  Bxc3  11  Rb1



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Opening Blunder 7.

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1. d4 d5  2  c4  e6   3Nc3  Nf6   4  Nf3






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1

----
 Be7
Bf4
 0-0
e3
 c5
dxc5
 Bxc5
cxd5
 exd5
Be2
 a6
0-0
 Nc6
Bg5
 d4?
Ne4
 dxe3
Qxd8
 exf2 (1)


 2
-----
 -----
-----
 -----
-----
 -----
-----
 -----
Qc2
 Nc6
a3
 Qa5
0-0-0
 dxc4
Bxc4
 a6
Ng5
 b5
Nce4
 Nxe4 (2)


 3


















---
Rd8 
Nd2
 dxc4
Bxc4
 Bd6
Nb3
Qc7 (3)


 4



e3
 0-0
Qc2
 b6
b3
 Bb7
Ng5
Nbd7
Bd3
 h6
Bh7+
 Kh8
h4
 Ne8?
Bg8






 5
----
 Nc6
Bg5
 Be7
e3
 0-0
Rc1
 b6
a3
 Bb7
cxd5
 exd5
Bd3
 Re8
0-0
 Ng4?
Bxe7
 Rxe7
Bxh7
Kxh7(4) 


 6
----
 b6
Bf4
 Bb7
e3
 c5
cxd5
 Nxd5?
Bb5+
 Nd7
Nxd5
 exd5
Ne5
 Bc8
Bc6
 Rb8
Nxd5(5)






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 1   14 Kh1  Rxd8    15   Nxc5


2.  Qxe4   g6   15  Qxc6

3   Nc5

4  Ng5+  Kg8  15  Qxg4











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