Traps, Tricks & Mistakes: Opening Basics

One goal of chess openings is the control of central squares, the other is piece development. If falling in accomplishing one of them is bad, do not succeed in both becomes disastrous.

Today’s game demonstrates the issue. It corresponds to the Chess World Cup held in Tromsø, Norway in 2013. English GM Michael Adams faced GM Wang Yunguo from China in round 1. The game finished as a draw and they went to play tiebreaks. Today’s game is the third tiebreak played by them. The opening was a French Defence and Adams, taking advantage of Wang’s early moving of his queen, quickly developed his pieces, controlled central squares and finished the game in only 23 moves.

In a previous post, you will find another example of a strong fight for the centre.

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