Chess opening repertoire discussion

Chess opening repertoire discussion by National Master Kevin Pacey

  1. Updated version 4.0 of chess styles

    by , 11-09-2015 at 01:38 AM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    I've made a model for chess styles inspired by parts of Secrets of Endgame Strategy by Lars Bo Hansen (Gambit, 2006), Winning with Chess Psychology by Benko & Hochberg (McKay, 1991) & Secrets of Practical Chess by Nunn (Gambit, 1998). It's like Hansen's model in his books, expanded.

    Style is a set of tendencies (tastes/fortes) that can show in cases of near equivalent available choices; any may affect a game's character a long time. The avg. # of cases per game is uncertain, ...

    Updated 12-10-2015 at 04:13 PM by Kevin Pacey

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  2. Chess opening preparation (Part 2 of 2)

    by , 10-28-2014 at 12:10 AM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    After you are satisfied with the repertoire you have selected, and are studying it in an ongoing way (and practicing/testing it in blitz and/or offhand games, perhaps), as much as your time and inclination allows, it's time to think about:

    3. Your form as a player (and person):

    Even before you enter a tournament, any number of factors may work against your having good chess form. Examples:
    [1]- poor diet
    [2]- sleep poorly during tournaments, or in general ...

    Updated 12-07-2015 at 08:47 PM by Kevin Pacey

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  3. Chess opening preparation (Part 1 of 2)

    by , 10-27-2014 at 10:34 PM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    The following (both Parts 1 & 2) is based partly on old chesstalk posts of mine:

    How does a player prepare his openings or prepare for games? Much has been written about these subjects, but I will try to sum up what I think is some very useful advice for players below grandmaster level especially.

    First, before thinking about tournament play, try to figure out if you have a suitable repertoire. To check this, or to build a custom made repertoire from scratch, first ...

    Updated 08-20-2018 at 05:34 PM by Kevin Pacey

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  4. A flexible chess opening repertoire

    by , 02-02-2014 at 10:29 AM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    The following is a suggested repertoire for sharp or solid play. All or some of it can be used, even by an intermediate or advanced level player wishing to specialize. Much of it I have played myself:

    White: 1.e4 (only)

    vs. 1...c5:
    Sharp option: (chosen in spite of any homework since anti-Sicilians generally far less potent)
    Open Sicilians, including:
    Sozin (Bc4) setups (i.e. if Black aims for Classical, Scheveningen or Najdorf Sicilian),
    ...

    Updated 09-12-2015 at 11:55 AM by Kevin Pacey

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  5. Updated version 2.0 of a chess master's repertoire (& offbeat chess openings links)

    by , 02-01-2014 at 09:41 PM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    Based on an old chesstalk post of mine (in response to someone doubting people had time to learn opening theory, and also doubting there being a variety of playable openings not requiring learning lots of theory):

    At the risk of giving away secrets my competitors don't already know (e.g. from CANBase), I can show my 'core' repertoire (what I use when I'm not given to occasional whims of infidelity to it). I generally have used these openings 10+ times in my career. I know I could ...

    Updated 11-08-2016 at 01:09 AM by Kevin Pacey

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