Game Spotlight: Opening Blind

While knowing a lot of opening theory isn’t helpful at the club level (you should be spending more time on tactics and endgames), it’s still important to know some.  At least, if the position is not familiar, take your time to think out your moves.  Playing on autopilot is a bad idea.

The example that comes up the most often happens in junior chess.  Since most juniors play the Italian Game, it becomes tempting to think that every game can be opened the same way.  As it happens, that’s not true.  Let’s see what can happen when this scheme runs into some different ideas from Black:

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