"Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast." -- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

Openings Advice

How to start well in a game of chess

Things to avoid: wasting time and 4-move checkmate

1. How to start well in a game of chess

U9s/U11: Open like a duck! [U14s]

DCK = Develop, Centre, King

 

Develop    

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

 

 
Centre    
---PP---
--N--N--
--------
   
King    
--------
-----N--
-----PPP
-----RK-
   

 

  • Develop
    • Send out your pieces one at a time, and move each piece once
    • Don't waste time (make only 2-3 pawn moves, keep your Queen 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

2. Things to avoid

Don't waste time

Don't fall for a quick checkmate

You can see the quick checkmates and how to avoid them here:

http://devonjuniorchess.co.uk/node/95

 

PAST Training events (click for notes)

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TBGS Invitational Training Evening

Julian Bacon Surviving the Opening

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 17:30
TBGS Invitational Training Evening

Dave Regis on Endgames

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 17:30
TBGS Invitational Training Evening

Trefor Thynne Master Commentary

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 17:30
DJCA Training Day

DJCA squad training day

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00
DJCA Junior Squad Training INVITATION ONLY

Squad members will receive an invitation by email. If you think you have been forgotten, please contact us.


This is for all players in the squad, not just those in the team selected for the South Wales & West of England Jamboree on Saturday 13th January, for which invitations have not yet been made.

  • Players to arrive for 0945, please.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00