Homework - Advanced

Every week learn/master one opening set. 

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?

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 - Dragon

1. What would white do if Ng4?

2. What is the correct order of the following moves, Qd2, h4, 0-0-0, and Bc4

3. Why do we need to play Bb3 here? What would black do if we played 0-0-0?

4. If black plays h5, how can

white attack here?

5.If black doesn't play h5 how does white attack? What important defensive move does white need to play? What positional sacrifice should white watch out for?

6. If white plays hxg4, how does white attack? What two files are important to attack black with?

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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

4.Here how does white respond after Qxb2?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

4.What tactic can white go for here?

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

8. If black plays e5 what should white do?

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

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?

2.Where do we put our knight after d6?

3.Which way do we capture back here?

4.What should white do next here?

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

6.What should the plan for white be 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?

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

3.How does white attack here?

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

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

6.How does white attack here? 

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.

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

10.What should white do next? Why is Nc3 bad?

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?

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

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

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?

2.What should the next move 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?

5. If Bxb4 how does white continue the attack?

6.If Nxb4 how does white continue to 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?

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

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?

11.What should white do after d5?

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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.What should white do against g6? Why do we do it?

 

Pirc

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

9.After Ne5 what should white 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?

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?

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

 

Bird

1. If white plays f4, what setup

should black do?

2. What pawn break should

black try to do? How do we do it?

3. Can we play e5 here? If not what do we do first?

4. If white gets f4 and e4 in, what should black do? What side are we playing on?

5. If white plays d3 what should black do?

6. What break does black need to aim for? How do we do it?

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?