Openings

U9s/U11: Open like a duck!

DCK = Develop, Centre, King

 

Develop    

--BPP---
--N-BN--
---Q----
--------

 

 
Centre    
---PP---
--N--N--
--------
   
King    
--------
-----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 (clear your back rank so they can see each other)
    • If you haven't connected your Rooks, you haven't done all your opening jobs

--BPP---
--N-BN--
PPPQ-PPP
---RR-K-

Perfect!

---PP---
--PB-N--
PP-NQPPP
R-B-R-K-

Also pretty good.

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 (clear your back rank so they can see each other)
    • 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