Homework

Every week learn/master one opening set. 

Kings Indian(Black)

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1. What are the first 3 moves for 

black, what is the right order?

2. If early e5 what does black do?After you trade queens, where does black put his knight?

3. If late e5, what should black

do?

4. What should the next two

moves for black be?

5. If exf5 how does black capture back? How does black attack after?

6. If white doesn't capture on f5

how does black continue his 

attack?

7. When white plays Bg5, what should black always do?

8. Where is white going to castle?

How does black defend against

Bh6? How does black

pawn storm white?

9. How does black pawn storm

white here? 

10. Can black push e5 here? If not what should black do?

11. If white pushes d5 before 

you push e5 what can you 

always do?

12. What should black do against

the stonewall? Where does black

put his knight after dxe5?

Kings Indian Advanced(Black)

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1. How does black continue the

attack here?

2. If white doesn't push d4 what should black do?

3. How does black continue

the attack here?

4. What is the plan for black here?

5. What is the plan for black here?

6. If white pushes d5 here what should black do?

7. If white gets in Bh6, how does black counterattack?

8. What should the next few

moves for black be?

9. If white pushes h4, what should black do?

10. What should black do against the London?

11. To avoid trading queens what should black play here? What is the plan after?

12. To avoid trading queens

what should black do here? 

Stonewall

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1. What are the first 3 moves of the stonewall? What is your goal after?

2. If c5 or Nc6 what should white always remember to do?

3. If Bxe5 how does white capture back and why?

4. If cxd4 which way does

white capture back and why?

5. What are the 4 steps to rook

lifting here? 

6. What are the two weak pawns for white in the stonewall which you always have to protect?

7. If Bf5 what should white do? What side of the board are you playing on?

8.If Bg4, what should white do?

What should white do before 

you play Ne5?

9. If black doesn't play d5 do we play Ne5? What should white do here?

10. If black castles queenside what should the plan for white be(what is the right move order)? If black pushes his pawn to attack our king, what do we do?

11. If black pushes d6 or g6, how should white change plans?

12. If you get a stonewall vs

stonewall, what should white

always try to do first? What

side of the board should white

focus on?

Stonewall Advanced

1. If early c4 what is the plan for white? After b5 what do you do?

2. If late c4 what should white do? What is the plan for white after?

3. If black fianchettos should we rook lift? Why or why not?

4. What is the best way for

white to develop the dark

square bishop?

5. Why is Nbd2 bad here? How can black punish white here?

6. If black castles queenside what should the plan for white be(what is the right move order)? If black pushes his pawn to attack our king, what do we do?

7. Whenever black plays e5 what should the 3 move follow up for white be?

8. What is the plan if black

plays d5?

9. How does white open up the position and get a attack?

10. Why is Nbd2 bad here? How can black punish white?

11. Whenever black moves the f-pawn what should white try to do? How can black minimize the damage?

12. Normally after Nc6 we play

c3, what should white do here?

What break do we always have

to watch out for?

13. What is the plan for white  after e5? Which side should white castle on?

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Stonewall Dutch

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1. If white plays e4 or Nc3 what does black do, otherwise what does black always do?

2. If we can play Bb4, do we? If not, what do we do? After Bb4 do we make it a stonewall?

3. If white plays Bg5, what should black do? After that do we go nimzo or stonewall?

4.If white plays the stonewall

do we play d5? If not what is

the plan for black?

5. In this setup, what do we have to prevent white from doing? What is our plan after?

6. If Ba3 or Nbd2 what are the plans for black? How do we get our light square bishop into the game?

7. Since the Knight is on c3, what can black do? What is the plan after?

8. When the knight can move

away what should black do?

What square is important, what

is the plan for black?  

9. Should black trade bishops 

here, why or why not? What is

the plan after?

10. If black plays late c5, what 

should black do? How does black breakthrough the position?

11. If white plays the London, does black play d5? What is the plan for black instead?

12. If white doesn't play d4, what

should black do? Why

do we play differently? 

Stonewall Dutch Advanced

1. If white blocks with Nbd2,  what should black do? How will you develop your light square bishop?

2.If white captures, Qxd2, what should black do now? How will black develop his light square bishop?

3. If white plays Nxd2, what should black do? Why do we wait to castle here?

4.If white plays Nc3, what

should black do? What will be

the weakness in white's position

and  how will we attack it?

5. If we get a Bd2 nimzo, what is the plan for black? 

6. If we get a Qb3 nimzo , what is the plan for black. Why is Bxc3+ positionally bad for black?

7. What is the 3 move follow up if white pushes e4?

8. Whenever white pushes c4

what should black do?

9. If white 0-0-0, then what should black do? What do we want to do with the kingside, what do we do with the queenside?

10. If white plays 1.b3, why must we go f5 Nf6, instead of e6,f5?

11. If white plays early d5, what is always the plan for black?

12. If white plays h3, g4 early, what should the plan for black be?

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Exchange French

1.What should black play next? What is white's weakness going to be?

2. When do we capture the pawn on c4? What should black do with his Dark square bishop? What side does black castle on?

3.What do we do after Nf3? What side should black castle on?

4.What should black do whenever white plays Nc3?

5.What should black play next? What two frenches could this turn into?

6.What should black do next? How do we force white to make a decision?

7.What should black do here? What side do we castle on? When do we capture the pawn on c4?

8. What is white's weakness? What side do we castle on? What do we do with our dark square bishop?

Only do the next 4 if you're brave enough to castle Queenside...

9. How can black punish white here?

10. If white doesn't allow you to pin his knight, what should black do?

11. If white plays Bb5, do you still 0-0-0, if not, what is the plan?

12. How does black attack here? 

If white plays b5, what should

black do?

Advanced French

1.What should black do if white doesn't play c3? Why do we do it?

2.Which way do we capture back here? Why do we capture this way?What is our goal after capturing?

3.Where is the weak point in white's position, how do we add pressure to it?

4.What do we do after the bishop moves? When white plays Bd3 what do we do and why?

5.Can we capture the pawn on d4? Do we capture the second pawn on e5? What is our main goal after choosing to win or not win the pawn on d4?

6.What should white do if Be2(Don't forget the bishop just moved)? How do we add more pressure to d4?

7.What should black do next? With our knight on f5 what do we have to watch out for?

8.What do we do if white plays a3? Should we play c4 and lock up the position?

9.Whenever we move the f-pawn what should we watch out for? How do we develop our kingside to castle?

10. How do we attack the e5 pawn with our bishop and knight? What do we do first/why do we do it?

11.Do we lock up with c4 or open it up with cxd4? Why do we open/close it? Do we capture on e5 after?

12.Instead of trading queen's what can we do? How does apply more pressure to d4 after that?

Classical French

1.Here in the classical french, how does black start?

2.What pawn does Black put pressure on? What should the next two moves be?

3.Next black needs to develop the dark square bishop, what is the most active way to do this?

4.How does black pawn storm white now? What do we need to do first?

5.What should black do next? How do we attack the knight on a4 with multiple pieces?

9.Do we win the free pawn and capture on g5? Why or why not? If not, what should black do instead?

6.How does black get rid of his bad light square bishop? If white plays h6 what do we do?

10. VERY IMPORTANT! Why is c5 bad here, what should we do first? 

7.If white castles kingside what do we do? Do we do the same plan or change?

8.How does black respond after white plays Bg5? 

11. Which way do we capture the pawn on c5, and why?

12. How does black defend here?

What color squares are weak

for white?

Tarrasch French

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1.Here in the Tarrasch what is the next move? Why do we play it?

2. If white plays Ngf3 what should black do? 

3. What are the next two moves for black? 

4. If white tries to protect the pawn, how does black apply more pressure?

5. If white plays Bd3 what should black do?

6. After white plays c3 what good middle game transition can black do?

7. If white plays exd5 what is the plan for black?

8. If white plays dxc5 what should black do next? 

9. What is the maneuver for black to win back the c5 pawn?

10. If white plays c3, what should black do?

11. If white locks it up with e5, how does black try to win a pawn?

12. If white tries to go Qg4 what should black do?

French - Sidelines

1.If white plays c4 here do we change plans? 

2. A tricky move order how should black respond? Think about space?

3. How should black respond to the check? What is white's weakness and what is our first goal in this position?

4.Why did white play Qe2? How
should black respond?

5.What is the plan for black? What do we play before white gets a chance to?

6.What opening is this similar to? What should black's plan be?

7.What tactic does black have here? Where should black put his knight on g8?

8.If white plays b3 what should black do? What side of the board are we going to play on?

9. What move should black play next? Why do we play this move, what is the plan after?

10. After Bb2 what should black play here? Why do we play this move?

11.Similar to the Qe2 line what setup should black do?

12.Once again what should black

play before white can? What is our

plan after?

13.If white plays e5 what should Black do? 

14.Which way should black recapture? If white didn't capture on d6 and played d4 what opening did it transpose to?

15. What should the next move for black be? Why is the position good for black after that?

16. What should black's next move be? What piece do we capture the c5 pawn with?

17. How does black start a kingside attack here?