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Co Curricular Chess

Friday 29 Mar 2019 by Mrs Leisha Bradshaw

Openings

There are some very famous opening moves in chess and there are often heated discussions between those who prefer the e4 opening and those who swear by d4.  But regardless of whether you start with Queen’s Gambit or the Ruy-Lopez, there are a few things that you need to think about with your opening.

Firstly, you want to be in a position to control the centre of the board- not only is this good defensively, but it gives you more attacking options.

Moving your pieces to centre (such as e4 or d4) also allows you to develop your other pieces.  This means that you are able to quickly get pieces like your Bishop out into the attack.

And the last thing to remember in regards to your opening is that you should be castling early.

Thank you to Lewis and Daniel who shared their preferred openings and how they were effective.  The boys also ably defended their moves in a discussion of how these options could be attacked.

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