Understanding before Moving 91: Backgrounds of structures (1)

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9/18/2022 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 91st instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman discuss the structures from the 1.e4 e5 openings. | Photo: Pascal Simon

Key Concepts of Chess - Pawn Structures Vol.1 and 2 Key Concepts of Chess - Pawn Structures Vol.1 and 2

In this two-part course the emphasis will be on typical pawn-structures.


In giving courses  to club chess players and playing through their games, I found that almost  everyone struggled with the same kind of problem: "the opening is over, but  where to go from here?"

I think that in general almost every chess player asks  himself this question. The answer depends mainly on which opening is on the  board, but in almost all middle game situations that arise, it is necessary to  look at the prevailing plans in a given position. Many books on openings    (unfortunately) lapse into a tree of variations that are almost impossible to  get through, and some authors give only a brief explanation of the moves that  are presented. All this was a reason for me to produce a series of articles in  which I look at the middlegame positions that arise from the openings commonly  used by club players.

In this video lesson I will mainly discuss the  structures from the 1.e4 e5 openings. Many games then change to the Italian  Game or the Ruy Lopez. Studying the various plans and concepts in these  structures helps enormously in understanding these opening variants.

I once  came across a book, "How to open a Chess game", in which various top players  were asked how they approached openings in their games. The story of the  Yugoslav grandmaster Gligoric struck me as a breath of fresh air among the  many opening books I had on my desk. He shows how a certain structure, which  is determined even after one move by White and Black, can be treated and what  kind of guidelines are involved.

In the diagrammed position, which arises from  these structures, Gligoric himself shows how the opening can be handled and  how he can convert his strategic advantages into a full-blown kingside attack.  Do you see the crowning glory of his play?



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