Chess openings for kids by John Watson; Graham Burgess

By John Watson; Graham Burgess

Introduces readers to the names and beginning strikes of the most chess openings, whereas highlighting numerous devastating commencing traps.

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G4 ! e3 'ile7 8 'ifd2 is typical. Note White's flexi­ bility: he can attack on either flank, and his knights have many options. a b c d 3) White moves Black can easily play the central advance . , 5 b3 d5 ?! 6 d3 followed by c4 with a war of attrition like a Nimzo-lndian. e 3 4) White moves 5 0-0 tbf6 6 l:te 1 tbc6 7 c3 e6 8 d4 creates a pawn-centre, but 8 ... d5 9 e5 tbe4 strikes back well. 'iifg 4?! is a risky pawn-grab) 7 tbxd4 tbf6 8 tbc3 is a kind of Maroczy Bind (page 62). 61 5) White moves Note that this position can be reached from both move-orders.

Offers to exchange g-pawn for e-pawn. 57 MIGHTY OPENING 23 Morra Gambit A great way to get Sicilian players on the run The Morra Gambit is an aggressive reply to the Sicilian. 1 e4 cS 2 d4 cxd4 3 c3 ( 1 a) sur­ renders a pawn, but if Black accepts it, he must find his way through a minefield of tac­ tics and traps. After 3 ... dxc3 4 ttJxc3 ltJc6 5 ltJf3 , White has a development advantage, and ideas of playing e5 make it hard for Black to catch up. Ve2 and :d 1 , creating several threats and giving the black queen problems finding a good square.

A6 is flexible, but so is the reply 5 �d3 with ideas of c4, clamping down on ... b5. 1b4?! Vg4 leads to complications. Ic7 (2b) is safer and more popular. 2b) White moves Black has ideas of . . b4 and an attack on the e4-pawn. e2 a6 7 0-0 ti:Jf6 (not 7 ... tt:Jge7? 8 ti:Jdb5 ! b4, the cunning 9 lt:Ja4 targets Black's sleeping queenside, with sharp play. 3) Black moves Compare 5 . . d6 with page 68; White can play 6 c4, while Black has new options like ... e7-g5 . An older line is 5 ... a6 6 ti:Jd6+ �xd6 7 'ii'x d6, when 7 .

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