Opening Notebook

August 9, 2006 at 10:54 pm | Posted in Chess | Leave a comment

The value and importance of the center is not, however, sufficiently appreciated by a majority of amateurs. The center and control thereof are of utmost significance in both the opening and middlegame.

Edward Mendes, “How to Play Good Opening Moves”, p. 3

Fast development is the basis of opening play.

As a rule, chess players endeavor either to seize the center with pawns or to exert pressure on it with pieces.

. . . the third principle of opening play is to counteract the opponent’s intentions with a view of holding up his development and stopping him from gaining control of the centre.

Dvoretsky and Yusupov, “Opening Preparation”, p. 11


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