All posts in " white openings "

Chess Openings for White: The Ruy Lopez! (Part One)

By Brendan J. Norman

If you listen to strong players discuss their chess games, one thing that’ll strike you (assuming you’re the perceptive type 😉 ) is the enormous amount of assumed knowledge. The discussion after a tournament game might go something like this: Guy 1: “What happened in your game?”  Guy 2: “Ahh… It was an Open Ruy […]


Attacking the Sicilian Defence: The Nd5 Sacrifice!

By Brendan J. Norman

It was a Saturday afternoon and the tournament hall was buzzing with suppressed chatter and hushed whispers. The tension was getting thick and the sound of banging chess clocks could be heard clearly from outside of the hall. Inside the playing hall and just outside of a playing area which was separated from the crowd by […]


Chess Strategy for Beginners: Openings (Part 4)

By Brendan J. Norman

If you are reading this article, I will assume that you’ve read parts 1, 2 and 3 of “Chess Strategy for Beginners: Openings” which will fill you in on the elements needed to be understood for you to play openings really well, even with little to NO knowledge of theory. This article will attempt to give […]


Chess Strategy for Beginners: Openings (Part 3)

By Brendan J. Norman

Ok! So where were we? In part 2 of “Chess Strategy for Beginners: Openings” we had a look at the importance of battling for control of the board’s central region, and how an unchecked phalanx of pawns in the centre is likely to just “roll across the board like an avalanche of snow going down hill“. […]


Chess Strategy for Beginners: Openings (Part 2)

By Brendan J. Norman

In yesterday’s “Chess Strategy for Beginners” lesson (here) we began to look at and focus on how rapid deployment of our pieces (aka development) is vital in the opening stage of the game. We seen two examples of players who got caught not fully deploying their army and paying the price when a larger army […]


Chess Strategy for Beginners: Openings

By Brendan J. Norman

This series of articles is titled “Chess Strategy for Beginners” because it is indeed designed to help beginning chess players go from say – just having learned to move the pieces, to complete competence (and confidence) in any type of chess position. The articles will also be useful for others too, whether as a refresher […]


Learn Chess Openings the Easy Way!

By Brendan J. Norman

This blog post will help you to learn chess openings easily with a simple system. Any opening you put your mind to. Sounds like some hyped up bullshit, right? Wrong. 😀 You’ll also be able to build your foundational knowledge in chess and improve your overall tactical skill and strategic knowledge. Lastly, you’ll get access to […]