Sections and ages


Age on Aug 31 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Section U9 U9 U9 U9 U11 U11 U14/
U15
U14/
U15
U14/
U15
U15/
U18
U18 U18 U18 sorry!

Openings

U9s/U11: Open like a duck!

DCK = Develop, Centre, King

 

Develop Centre King

--BPP---
--N-BN--
---Q----
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---PP---
--N--N--
--------
--------
-----N--
-----PPP
-----RK-

 

  • Develop
    • Send out your pieces
    • Don't waste time (2-3 pawn moves, Q safe)
  • Centre
    • Get a pawn in the centre, two if you can
    • Move pieces towards the centre
  • King Safety
    • Castle as soon as you can
    • Leave alone the wall of pawns in front of your King
  • Rooks
    • Connect your Rooks
    • If you haven't connected your Rooks, you haven't done all your opening jobs

U14s: Open better than you did when you were U9!

You have to be more accurate and pushier

  • Develop
    • Send out your pieces
    • Develop with threats if you can
    • Avoid Old Stodge positions
  • Centre
    • Get a pawn in the centre, two if you can
    • As White: put pressure on your opponent's pawn
    • As Black, hit back with ...d5 or ...c5
  • King Safety
    • Castle as soon as you can
      • But not into an attack
    • Leave alone the wall of pawns in front of your King
  • Rooks
    • Connect your Rooks
    • Open a file for your Rooks
    • Play openings where a file can get opened!
  • Also:
    • You have to play proper openings with a name
    • You have to know at least 4 systems: two for White and two for Black e.g.
White Black

Scotch Game

French Defence

IQP systems

Swiss Defence