zap em with the zukertort

Zap ’em with the Zukertort

This is (obviously) the last in the series and covers the Zukertort version of the Colle Opening. White plays a Colle set-up with 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 and 3.e3 but…

yerk em with the yugoslav

Yerk ’em with the Yugoslav

Before anyone asks, yerk is a real word and its meaning can be found here. As for Yugoslav I already covered the Yugoslav Attack against the Dragon under its other…

x terminate em with the x change variation

X-terminate ’em with the X-change Variation

Covering ‘X’ was always going to be a challenge so I cheated with some spellings. Several different Exchange Variations are possible, for example in the French (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5…

whack em with the wing gambit

Whack ’em with the Wing Gambit

An opening that I’ve had a long standing affection for is the Wing Gambit against the Sicilian Defence (1.e5 c5 2.b4!?). I recommended it for White in my 2007 book,…

vanquish em with the vienna

Vanquish ’em with the Vienna

The Vienna Game (1 e4 e5 2 Nc3) is one of the most venerable answers to 1…e5. White develops a piece and at the same time keeps the option of…

undermine em with the ufimtsev

Undermine ’em with the Ufimtsev

In Russia the so-called Pirc Defence (1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 or 1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 followed by …Nf6) is usually called the Ufimtsev Defence or the Ufimtsev-Pirc. It…

trounce em with the tartakower

Trounce ’em with the Tartakower

I wonder how many of you guess that ‘T’ would be the Trompowsky or ‘Tromp’ (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5). Sorry to disappoint you but I’ve gone instead for the ultra-respectable Tartakower-Bondarevsky-Makogonov…

slay em with the scotch

Slay ’em with the Scotch

As a kid I read that White had the advantage in open games (1.e4 e5) if he could get d2-d4 in successfully, so I wondered why he didn’t just play…

rip em with the rauzer

Rip ’em with the Rauzer

The Rauzer attack against the Sicilian Dragon (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O 8.Qd2 followed by 0-0-0 and a kingside pawn advance)…

quell em with the queens indian

Quell ’em with the Queen’s Indian

The Queen’s Indian Defence (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6) is known as one of the most solid defences. Seen as a natural partner to the Nimzo-Indian (3.Nc3 Bb4) it…