In the opening phase, you want to try to maximize the power of the pieces in a minimum amount of time.
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Some otherwise strange-looking moves can be explained only in this way. Just as you are, your opponent is trying to interfere with your development while developing his or her own pieces — at your expense. As you become familiar with the game, you begin to pick up on a few basic principles of opening play, not only from your own experiences, but also from other players.
If, for example, your opponent slips up and gives you the opportunity to deliver checkmate, do so! Grandmaster Ludek Pachman, in his outstanding book Modern Chess Strategy, offers the following four principles of opening play:. Pachman goes on to caution against applying these principles dogmatically.
He teaches that the real meaning of development is not how many pieces you bring out but whether you develop your pieces to maximize their power. Understanding the Basics of Chess Openings. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required. Seller does not accept responsibility for orders that other vendors request to have drop shipped to a third party address.
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