Interesting thoughts on the opening phase of chess in over-the-board encounters and correspondence chess.


You play Chess,you read Chess books about tactics, about how to calculate variations, about how to take decisions, about how to make plans, about dynamic strategy, and so on. Then you have to play in an OTB tournament or a CC one. So you prepare your first move as White. Then you decide what to play against your opponent’s 1. e4 and 1. d4. (You do not care about 1. c4 or 1. Nf3 because you can use the same defences as versus 1. d4. Or perhaps not. If my opponent plays 1. Nf3 I will play 1. Nf6 and if s/he plays 2. g3, then I will play  2. …, b5/- and then you imagine your opponent’s face…). In an OTB game this may constitute a big surprise forcing him or her to use his/her own head to continue the game. In a CC game the surprise factor disappears:…

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