About the principal of control the center in Chess by Armand Rousso

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Armand Rousso is recognized as a business person, humanitarian, and also a chess enthusiast. Rousso is also founder of Accoona, a B2B search engine which is launched in 2004 with former President Bill Clinton as chief announcer.


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Chess Openings Principals By Armand Rousso:

Chess Openings Principals By Armand Rousso 2017

Chess Openings:

Chess Openings What Are Chess Openings? Opening Principles Some Chess Openings 2017 Armand Rousso Page 2

Chess Openings:

Chess Openings The opening refers to the first several moves by both players. In most games the opening is the first four to ten moves. Openings are often named after the first famous player who used them 2017 Armand Rousso Page 3

What Opening to Use?:

What Opening to Use? It Depends: Try lots of them as a beginner Read about openings you are comfortable with Consider your playing style and preferences (closed/open, wild/cautious) How much theory do you have to memorize to be effective is different for various openings 2017 Armand Rousso Page 4

Opening Principles:

Opening Principles Development Control the Center Castling Pawn Structure 2017 Armand Rousso Page 5


Development Do develop minor pieces before major pieces (B & N, before Q & R) Make the first Knight move toward the center (c3, f3, c6, f6) The first Bishop move should attack something or defend important square Learn from your mistakes 2017 Armand Rousso Page 6


Development Do NOT develop your Queen early Do NOT open with Rook pawns (a, h) Do NOT move the same piece many times Do NOT put Knights on the edge, unless required for defense Avoid blocking Pawns with Bishops 2017 Armand Rousso Page 7

Control the Center:

Control the Center If you control more of the center squares, it is easier to defend and harder for your opponent to attack The “Sweet Center” (d4, d5, e4, e5) squares are the most important 2017 Armand Rousso Page 8 “Once we have chosen the right formation in the centre we have created opportunities for our pieces and laid the foundation of subsequent victory.” - Alexander Kotov, Grandmaster


Castling Castling makes the King safer by moving him away from the center. Castling is efficient: 2 King moves in 1, and it develops a Rook The option to castle to BOTH sides can make your opponent commit to an attack before you change the subject 2017 Armand Rousso Page 9

Pawn Structure:

Pawn Structure Pawns do not move backward, so carefully choose pawn moves Avoid moving pawns in front of a castled King without a reason Pawn chains are stronger than isolated pawns Attack the base of a pawn chain, where it is weakest 2017 Armand Rousso Page 10

Pawn Structure (cont’d):

Pawn Structure (cont’d) Capablanca’s Rule: To create a pawn majority, advance the unopposed pawn (before the rest of the pawn majority) Recognize types of Pawn Centers: Open, Closed, Blocked, Fixed, Mobile, Dynamic Accumulate small advantages in pawn control 2017 Armand Rousso Page 11

Some Chess Openings:

Some Chess Openings Ruy Lopez 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Caro-Kann 1. e4 c6 Scandinavian Defense (center-counter) 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 King’s Indian 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Queen’s Gambit 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Colle System 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 c5 5. c3 2017 Armand Rousso Page 12

Books on Chess Openings:

Books on Chess Openings Chess Openings: Traps and Zaps (Pandolfini) Batsford Chess Openings (Kasparov & Keene) 2017 Armand Rousso Page 13 “In the opening a master should play like a book, in the mid-game he should play like a magician, in the ending he should play like a machine. – Rudolph Spielmann, Grandmaster

Opening Principles:

Opening Principles Development Control the Center Castling Pawn Structure 2017 Armand Rousso Page 14


Requirements Do the following: Discuss the differences between the opening, the middle game, and the endgame. Explain four opening principles. 2017 Armand Rousso Page 15

Questions ?:

Questions ? 2017 Armand Rousso Page 16

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