My last few posts have kind of been all over the place. I’ve discussed blunders, shared some of my own games, analyzed grandmaster games from the top tournaments, given tournament previews/recaps, so on and so forth. Admittedly, I haven’t been able to decide on a specific direction to go in for a few articles due to the juggling act that is the junior year of high school. Since February, I’ve taken an ACT, an SAT, a couple SAT Subject Tests, and most recently, a couple AP Exams. In fact, I just took the AP United States History exam yesterday, and thus, had to write up this article all last night. But I digress.
Luckily, I only have one left during this upcoming week, after which I’m almost done for the year. As those important aspects of the junior year come to an end, I’ll be able to focus more time on chess, whether it’s playing in tournaments, playing online, or even writing these articles – a prospect I am overly thrilled about. And, with that, I wanted to announce a new series that I’ve been wanting to start for some time – Opening Overhaul. In this series, I want to take some time to investigate a few openings in depth and share some of the new ideas that have come about in these openings. These openings may or not be part of your existing repertoire, but as my former chess coach used to say, “All knowledge is good.” And, who knows, perhaps, one of these openings will strike you as worth trying out sometime. Either way, I hope that these next few articles prove beneficial in some way or another.
In each of these articles, I plan to focus on a single opening. In these openings, I will try to show the fundamental moves, explain some of the general ideas for each side, and finally, elaborate on some of the newer ideas in the opening, supplemented with recent games from either myself and/or some grandmasters if I can find them.
As a bit of a preview, for the first opening, I plan to write about the London System. The London System has been around forever, but at the top levels, it was never seen amongst the strongest players. However, over the last six or so months, I’ve seen a bit of a revival of the opening, with so many players around my rating employing the system, and with good success. Even some of the strongest players in the world have experimented with the newer ideas in the opening recently. But before I go into it too much, I should note that you’ll have to wait until next time for the full story on that.
And, with that, I’ll see you next time!