Homework

Every week learn/master one opening set. 

Kings Indian 

1. What is the plan for white
now?

2. What is the plan for white
now?

3. What should white do when 

they play Bg4?

4. What do you do if black plays

the stonewall?Where do you put

your knight after fxe4? If they

don't capture what tactic does

white have?

5. What is the plan for white
now?

6. What is the plan for white
now?

7.What is the plan for white? 

What side is black most likely

going to castle on? If they 

castle queenside what do we do?

8. What is the plan for white 

now? What tactic are we 

trying to play? Should we play

Bg5?

9. Where is black's strongside?

Where is white's strongside?

What are the next couple 

moved for white?

10. What are the next couple 

moves for white? What tactic

are you playing for? Where is 

your strongside?

11. What side is black most likely

going to castle on? If they 

castle queenside what do we do?

12. Do we keep the same plan

Nc3,e4,Ne1,f4? How do we 

attack black? What is our 

strongside? What is Black's?

Kings Indian(Black)

1. What should black do now?

After Qxd1 where do we put our

knight?

2. What is the plan for black?

3. What is the plan for black here?

Where is black's strongside?

4. Which way should black 

recapture? How do you get the 

bishop pair?

5. Where is black's strongside?

How do you pawn storm here?

6.What side is white going to 

castle on? Do we continue our 

plan for black?

7. Should black play Ne8,f5?

How does black open up white's king?

8. What side is white going to 

castle on? How does black stop Bh6?

How do we attack the

queenside?

9. What do we do if white doesn't let you play Nc6?

10. Can we play Nc6 e5 here, why or why not? If not how do we try to play e5?

11. What should black do here? Can we go Ne5, do we have to move the knight?

12. Can we still go Nc6, e5 

here? Do we go Bg4 here?

Stonewall

1. Why can't we play Nbd2 here? What are the steps to rook lift here? (Go all the way to checkmate)

5.What should white do if Bf5?

Should we go Bb5, or Qa4...

ever?

9.What do we do differently if black plays randomly? Should we keep pushing our center pawns forward?

2. What does white need to do here? What do you do next?

6. If you get a stonewall vs

stonewall, what does white need to do first? Do we play on the queenside, Rc1,b3,a4,Ba3?

10. Why can't we play b3 here? Where is your strongside? How do you move all your pieces there?

3. What do we do if Bg4? Why? What are we going to do after?

7. What do we do differently whenever black plays g6? Do we still play f4?

11. What do we do if black castles queenside? Do we push a5 first, or b5 first?

4.What side is white focusing

on? How do we bring all our

pieces there? How is black

going to try and defend?

8.If they play d6, are they going

to play d5? What do we do

differently for white now?

12.What should white do 

whenever they play c5 or e5? 

How do we get rid of the

Bishop on g7?

Stonewall Dutch

1. What should black do here? Do we go f5 and stonewall dutch? Or d5 and exchange french?

5. What is black's strongside? What is white's strongside?

How we do bring all our pieces 

there? 

9. What is the plan in the NSD

if Nxd2. After we push e5, how do we open up white's king?

2. Do we still play Bd6 or Bb4? Should we play c6 first then d5, or d5 then c6?

6. What do we have to stop white from doing? How do we do it? What pawn break do we try to do? If we go d6 what do we have to watch out for?

10. Bd6 or Be7, and why? What 

pawn break is white trying to do?

3. If late c5, do we go Be7 or Bc7? What is our plan after that?

7. We don't want stonewall, stonewall, what should black do? Instead of d5 what do we do?

4.If they go early c5(before we

move our dark square bishop)

what do we do? After white 

plays b4 what do we do?

8. How/where do we

 develop our Queenside Bishop,

Knight, and Rook?

11. If Qxd2 in the NSD, do we 

go d6,e5, or can we transpose 

it to a stonewall?

12. If white plays early d5 what 

should black do? 

Exchange French

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

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

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

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

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

4.What should black do whenever white plays Nc3?

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?

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?

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

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?

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 do 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.What is white's threat here? What should we do? Then what is the plan for black?

12. What is the plan for black here, how do we pawn storm white?

Tarrasch French

1.Here in the Tarrasch what are the next three moves?

5,If white captures on c5, which pawn do we go for? How do you get 4 pieces to attack that pawn?

9.Should black castle here, or can you attack the center. How would you attack the center here?

2.Whenever white plays e5 what do we do? What is the plan after?

6.If white plays early h5, before Nf3, how does black open up the center?

10.If white captures on d5 after you play c5 what do you do? What side of the board are you playing on?

3. What side of the board should black focus on? How does black put more pressure there?

4.When white plays h4 what should black do? 

7.If white captures on d5 how do we capture back? What side of the board are we playing on now?

8.How does black move all their pieces over to the kingside here? Where do you develop your Knight on d7, Bishop on c8 and rook on a8.

11.If white plays early e5, how do we prevent the f4 tarrasch? What would the next two moves be?

12.If white captures on c5 which pawn do we want? What is the right order of Qc7,Bg7,Nd7,Ne7-Nc6?

Rubinstein French

1. If black plays dxe4 what should white do? Why is this bad for black?

2.Should white capture the Knight on f6? Do you have to worry about the d4 pawn?

3. What tactic does white have here?

4. If black plays b6 what should white do next? What are the main ideas for white after?

5. If black castles instead of b6 what should white do? How does white follow up and attack after?

6.If Bd7 what is the plan for white? What side are you going to castle on?

9. If black plays c5 what should white do? How do we get a simple easy to attack position?

10. What should the plan for white be now? Where do our rooks and Bishop on c1 go to?

7. Should white trade knights here? What should white play next and why?

8. If Nc6 what should white do? How should white develop his pieces?

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?

Sicilian - Najdorf

1.What should white do here? Why do we do it?

2.What does white do if Be7? What do we do after?

3. What common Najdorf sacrifice should white do? What are the two things we need black to do for the sac to work?

4. What is the plan for white now? Now instead of sacrificing, how would you develop your pieces?

5.What is the best way to push our pawns and open up black?

6.What maneuver should white do to open up black?

7. What do we do diferently if black plays Nbd7?

8.What should white do if black plays early b5?

Sicilian - Rossolimmo

1. After Bb5 in the Rossolimmo, what do we always do next?

5.What should white do next? What is our goal for white? What are we trying to do before black does?

9.What should white do if black plays e6 in the Rosso? Since we give up the B-pair what do we try to do in general?

2. After 0-0, Re1, what do we do after Nf6? How do we take the center after?

6.What side of the board is white playing on now? How do we open up that side? Why do we wait to play Nc3?

10. How does white play against the double pawns? How do we make sure we don't trade queens?

3. After bxc6 how does white attack the center?

7.What is the plan if black plays d6? What side are we castling on?

11.What should white do here?

Why do we castle before playing d3?

4.What does white do in this setup? What is the best way to get your Dark square bishop involved? 

8.What is the plan for white now? Where does the DSB go, how do we push our kingside pawns?

12.Where is white's strong side? How do we get an attack on our strongside?

Sicilian - Kan

1.In the Kan when black plays Nc6 and Nf6, what should white do? What square should white be looking at?

5.When the dark square bishop has moved what should white do? Do we win the exchange?

9.What should white do since black has moved his dark square bishop?

2.What should white do next, what are the next couple moves? Instead of Bb4 if black plays d6 what should white do?

6.If black plays Ne4, what should white do? The key is to attack.

3.Should white sac the pawn and castle? If so what is the plan after?

7.If black plays Qa5 after what should white do? Where does white put his king when he's being attacked?

4.When black plays Nd5 what should white do? What color squares are important for white?

8.When black plays Nc6 what should white do?

10. How does white open up the position here? How do you develop and attack?

11.What should white do after Nc6?What's the plan after?

12.White has pushed off      Nc6, how can white attack the queenside here?

Sicilian - Accelerated Dragon

1.This is the accelerated Dragon. Can we play it the same way as the Dragon, why or why not?

5.What does white do against  Qa5? Can we transpose it to a Dragon?

9.What should white do against d5?If we capture which way do we capture?

2.What happens if we play f3 here? What happens if we play Qd2? What should we do?

6.How should white respon to Ng4? What is black going to do after, and what is your plan after?

10. How does white simplify the position here? Why is opening up the position bad?

3. If black plays early Qb6 what can white do?

4.Here how does white respond after Qxb2?

7.a5 is the mainline, how should white respond here?

8.How does white recapture here? Since you're up a pawn what is white trying to do now?

11.What should the next move for white be? Why is this endgame good for white?

12.What should white do after Qb6 here? What is black's threat? What side should white try to castle on?

Sicilian - Sidelines

1.If black plays a6, what should white play? Why should we change plans?

5. If black plays Qc8, what should white do? What is the plan after? 

2. If black plays early e5 what should white do?

6. If black plays very early e5 what is the plan for white?

3. If black plays e5 here what should white do? 

4. Whhat is the plan for white here? What are black's weaknesses here? How do you trade pieces and expose the weakness?

7. If black plays Nf6, what should white do? How do you gain space and play active?

8. What should white do after Nd5? Which way do you capture, dxc3 or bxc3?

9. If black plays e6, what are the next couple moves for white? How do you take the center?

10. The Dragondorf!! Do we have the same plan or change plans?

11. Do we have to play Rdg1 here, or can we play g4 straight? Explain why. 

12. If black doesn't castle what useful moves can white do? Eventually how can white open the position?

 

Caro - Kan

1.What should the next move be for white?

5.If black plays e6 what side are we going to castle on? What is our 4 move plan?

9. What is the plan for white now? What side are we going to caslte on?

2.If black plays e5 what do we do? What should the next couple moves normally be?

6.Do we go Bf4 or Ne2 first? Where does our queen go?

3,After castling if black doesn't castle what do we do?

4.What tactic can white go for here?

7.Here if black plays Nf6 what can we do? What opening is it similar to?

8. If black plays early Nf6 how does white punish him?

10.If black plays early Qb6 what should white do? What side are we going to caslte on?

 

Alekhine

1.What should the next 3 moves be for white?

5.If black plays cxd6 what should white's plan be?

9.If black goes Ng8 what should white do here?

2.If exd6 what should white play? What must white prevent black from doing?

6.What is the next move for white? What do you have to make sure black can't do?

3.What is white's plan in this position? What do you have to finish doing?

4.If black plays d5 how does white respond?

7.If black plays Bf5 instead of Nc6 what should white do?

8. If black plays e5 what should white do?

10.How should white respond and what is white's plan after?

 

Petroff

1.In the petroff what should the next move for white be?

5.Whenever black moves the light square bishop what should white do?

2.Where do we put our knight after d6?

6.What should the plan for white be here?

3.Which way do we capture back here?

4.What should white do next here?

7.How does white capture back here?

8.In this gambit what should we do next? What does white do after Bc5,Ng4, what should white do against Bc5,h5?

 

Scandy

1.What should white do against the Scandy? Why don't we play Nc3 here?

5.What should white do here? How does white defend actively?

9.If black plays Nf6 what does that generally mean? What should white do next?

13. What does white have to do different if black plays Nxd5?

2.Why should white play h3 first? What do we do next?

6.How does white attack here? 

10.What should white do next? Why is Nc4 bad?

14.If black plays c6 do we capture or ignore it?

3.How does white attack here?

4.Should white capture the bishop here.  Yes or no, what do you do next?

7.Rb1 or Ne5? What's the right move order how do you attack?

8.With the bishop on f5 how does white attack here? Keep developing with tempo.

11.How can white take advantage of the position here?

12.If black moves the light square bishop out how can white take advantage here? How does white get the bishop pair?

15.How does white continue to develop actively here?

16. If black plays g6 what is our new plan?

 

Scotch Gambit

What should the next move for white be? Why is c3 not the best?

5. If Bxb4 how does white continue the attack?

9.What should white do after Bb4+? What will your next couple moves be?

13.If black plays Be7 what are the next couple moves for white?

2.What should the next move for white be?

6.If Nxb4 how does white continue to attack here?

10.If black plays Ng4, what should white do? Do we go Nxe5 then Re1, or Re1 first? If black doesn't capture e5 what should white do?

14.If black plays Ne4 what should the next couple moves for white be?

3.If black plays Qd5 what do you do? If Black plays Qd7 what do you do? If black plays Be7 what do you do?

4.How can white start an attack here?

7.If a5 what is the plan for white? How should white try to open up the position? 

8.If a6 what are the next 3 moves for white?

11.What should white do after d5?

12.After Bc5 what is the plan for white(the next 4 moves)?

15.If early Bc5 what should white do? What are the next couple moves for white?

16.After Rb8 what is the correct move for white? Which way do we capture the d5 pawn?

 

French Tarrasch

1.What should the next move for white be? Why do we play this move?

5.What side is white's strongside? What should the plan for white be?(Develop all your pieces to the strongside)

9.After Qe7+ what should white do here? Why is Qe7+ bad?

13.How does white get his pawn back here?

2.If black plays f6 before cxd4 how can white punish him?

3.If black plays f6 here what should the plan for white be? Do we still play Qh5+?

4.What positional move should white make next? What are the weaknesses for black?

6.If Qb6 what should white do? Do we sacrifice the d-pawn?

7.If early c5 what should the next move for white be? 

8.What should the next move for white be here? What are black's weaknesses?

10.After Bd6 what should white play? What is black's weakness? What should white try to do?

14.Which way should white capture the pawn on d4, and why that way?

11. If Qxd5 what is the plan for white? What side are we trying to castle on?

12. What should white do before he tries to castle here? Why do you do that first?

15.If black plays b6 what is the plan for white? Why did black play Ba6?

16.If black plays a6 what should white do? Why is a6 bad, what should we do?

17.If you play one of my students what should white do here? What do you have to make sure you don't lose?

 

Pirc

1.What should the next couple moves for white be?

5.If black plays e5 What should white do? How do we attack black when he fianchettos?

9.What is the right way for white to capture e7? Knight or Bishop, why?

2.If black puts his knight on e7 how do we attack the kingside faster?

6. If white blocks your attack with h5, how does white keep the attack going?

3. If black plays f5, what should white do? Why do we open up or close the position?

4.If black puts his knight on f6 what should the next 4 moves for white be?

7.If black plays b5 what should white do? What's the right move order?

8.If black plays c5 what should the plan for white be? If black ever pushes the e-pawn what do we do?

10. If black plays Nbd7 then c5 what should the plan for white be?

11.If black plays Nf6 what is the right more here and why?

12.If black is going to put his bishop on e7 what do we do? After c6 what should we always do?

13.If black moves his bishop to b7 what maneuver should white do?

14.After e5 d6 what should white do? What setup is white trying to achieve?

15.If black ever plays d5 what should white do? What is the follow up after?

16.What should the next couple moves for white be?

 

b6

1.When black plays b6,Bb7, what opening do we try to transpose this to? What should the next move be?

5.If black plays Nc6 what is he trying to do? What should white do next?

2.What should the next move for white be? What would your 4 move plan be?

3.What should the next move for white be? How should white maneuver his knights?

4. If black plays c5 do we have the same plan, or do we have a different plan?

6. If black plays e5 what should white do? What's the fastest way for white to develop his pieces?

 

Bird

1.When black plays b6,Bb7, what opening do we try to transpose this to? What should the next move be?

2.What should the next move for white be? What would your 4 move plan be?

3.What should the next move for white be? How should white maneuver his knights?

4. If black plays c5 do we have the same plan, or do we have a different plan?

5.If black plays Nc6 what is he trying to do? What should white do next?

6When white plays Nc3 what should black do? What do we need to stop white from doing?

7.If Qe1 what should black play? Eventually what should black play even if it sacrifices a pawn?

 

e4 e5 sidelines

Okay you're not going to see these lines much...but just in case?

1.When black plays f5, what should white do? What is the threat after?

2. What should white do here? After Qf7 what should white do?

3.After Qf6 what should white do? What is the key move for white to have an advantage here?

4.How does white get an advantage in this position?

5. If black plays d5, what should white do here?

6. After d5, what should white do? What opening will this be similar to?

7. After Bd6 what should white do next? Do not give up space to black.

8. What is the next move for white? Do we play dxe5 or is there another move here?

9.If black plays f6 how can white expose this?

10.How does white bring in pieces with tempo? Not just one piece. 

11. What is the big tactic for white here? After Bd6 what should white play?

12. The Dubovik line. What should white play, what is white's threat after that?

13. What maneuver should white do to keep his pawn?

14. How does white bring in more pieces here? 

15. Should white capture the bishop on f8? How does white control the position and develop fast?