Opening Blunders (2)

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
Yogi Berra

These days playing online requires at minimum basic knowledge of your opening choice. First of all it is not that hard to learn a couple of important ideas. Secondly, there are countless choices where you can find them; even the webpages for the general public such as Wikipedia, could be used to avoid embarrassing mistakes. In vote chess (2 teams facing each other, with moves decided based on the most votes received from the team members) the risk of playing the opening wrong is minimal. Someone should know what to do, or at least know where to search for the proper information.

This past week we were challenged to a vote game. Given the opposition we were expecting a tough one. What we got instead was an early surprise:

The game continued:

Surprisingly Black is already in a bit of a pickle. We presented a few ideas and lines to the team. It allowed the other team members to realize how early you can accumulate an advantage in the opening:

Early unexpected pressure can influence the game decisively:

What can we conclude out of it? On the Black side you need to know how to play the French defence. If you are not careful, you can be embarrassed fast. On the White side you need to seize the momentum and take advantage of it. Be like us in this game!

Eugen Demian

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Valer Eugen Demian

Author: Valer Eugen Demian

The player – my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today’s standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor – my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app:
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