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Chess openings shouldn’t be played without any meaning. In this video, we’ll see how each and every move in the opening should serve a specific purpose, not only to fight for control of the center, but to gain tempo by forcing your opponent to spend time responding to your threats.
In this blitz game analysis, we’ll see how you can be aggressive during this important phase of play, and we’ll examine the benefits and payoffs that arise from this style. The best chess openings are those that put your opponent under pressure with every single move.
Don’t just play moves from rote, rushing through the opening –
battle starts right from the first move, and there are often opportunities to grab a firm hold on the game from a very early stage. When you bring out your pieces, look to develop with tempo. If your opponent is forced to respond to your threats, rather than develop their own pieces, you’re basically getting a free move. Chess openings with very clear threats will prevent the opponent from generating counter-play and can keep them on the back foot for the rest of the game.
Black tries to play a Caro-Kann defense in this game, and White responds by playing the Panov-Botvinnik Attack. White obtains rapid development, firm control over the e5 square, and has good kingside attacking chances. This choice from White is one of the best chess openings for aggressive play when facing off against the Caro-Kann as it forces the opponent to heavily defend and leads to a good position for White.
The ideas examined in this video are super useful because they can be taken and applied to any chess opening you wish to play, as White or Black, and are sure to lead to some quick victories that leave your opponent flustered and wondering what hit them.
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