ECO Index B introduces you to the Caro-Kann Defense which runs from B10 to B19. Then you come to the main course - the Sicilian Defense. Become a Sicilian expert and you will have a wonderful weapon when playing as Black.
ECO Index A contains Irregular openings and Flank openings. They're all ready and waiting for you to play through them right away.
The difference between chess opening theory and chess opening strategy? Anyone can learn variations by heart but discovering the logic that pre-empted the variation is infinitely more valuable.
It take practice to improve chess tactics. Lots of puzzles and playing chess every day will help you spot those chances bubbling just below the surface.
Positional chess is about control, planning and pressure. Develop your pieces with long term goals in mind. Good positional play creates chances to launch tactical maneuvers.
Chess middlegames are complex beasts. It is in this phase of the game of chess that the issue is decided. Learn how to pin, fork, skewer and also when to trade pieces.
Get basic checkmates down. Nothing worse than outplaying your opponent and then not closing the deal. Learn the basic patterns for icing the enemy King.
Fools mate and Scholars Mate are two of the better known early checkmate combos. Protect yourself from the annoyance of falling into these traps and learn to spring them on others.
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