My Secrets of Chess Opening Preparation

Hi, I’m Barbara. I don’t have an opening coach, but CHOPIN – CHess OPenings INternet service – is a perfect substitute, and my new best friend: it does everything except patting me on the head 😉 My first opening moves assistant is the line Summary: it takes me just ten seconds to decide if I want to play a line. Then, I switch to the game viewer, where CHOPIN does my homework by sorting all the moves from best to worst. And that’s just the beginning: each sub-variation has its own evaluation next to the branching move, which saves me even more time – I check only the recommended ones. There’s often a text commentary, too, helping me with the game plan.

Instead of the main line, we’ll check the first alternatives: <multiple clicks follow> 4. Nf3 Bb7 5. Qc2 (5… bxc4 6. e4 e6 7. Bxc4 exd5 8. exd5), and we will just unfold them and see what we get: <click> 8… Be7 (9. Nc3 d6 10. O-O Nbd7 11. a4) <multiple clicks follow> 11… Nb6 12. Bb5+ Kf8 13. Bc6 Bxc6 14. dxc6 Qc8 15. b4 Qc6 16. bxc5 Qxc5 17. Be3 Qc6 18. Rfc1.

All it takes is just a few clicks, and a little bit of time and effort to memorize the lines, but my opening success is pretty much guaranteed! Take a look at the videos that I had recorded to show you how I’ve resolved various chess problems.

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