How to Play Good Opening Moves - download book
The beginning phase of a game of chess is called the opening. What is the relative importance of the opening as compared to the middlegame and endgame?
The question can be argued from various points of view, yet there is no definitive answer the complete chess player should aim to be equally adept at all these phases. Nevertheless, a valid case can be made that the study of openings should be the first area undertaken.
What have some of the leading players in chess history expected to get out of the opening? J. R. Capablanca considered the main principle to be "rapid and efficient development," with the corollary that when the pieces are brought out, they must be "put in the right places." He also gives some excellent advice about what to do when confronted with an unfamiliar move as happens many times to everyone! "Play what you might call the common-sense move." By this he means following the general principle stated above. Even if the move played may not turn out to be the very best one (usually subsequent analysis is required to discover this), the plan of aiming to bring out the pieces quickly to safe locations will in the large majority of cases produce a perfectly good move.
Authors: Edmar Mednis
Title: "How to Play Good Opening Moves"
Number of pages: 75
Size: 5 Mb