Attack your opening! A site-wide challenge

Here's an interesting discussion topic that was spun off of a comment an expert chess friend of mine gave me a while back.

His comment was meant for teaching purposes:

          "Ben, sometimes an interesting way to teach people how to attack in chess is to stop at a certain position where they have an initiative and ask them to make 3 or 4 moves in a row."

Well, I've thought about that a lot and it does work to help improve planning out a position & helps to demonstrate why move-order is crucial.

Now this blog is going to be about openings, but along the same lines...  (no pun intended).  White is known to have an advantage with moving first.  They get to dictate the game, to a certain extent, and being familiar with an opening can be a huge advantage.  However, us novices don't always have that knowledge. 

My question - or maybe better described as "challege" - is meant for both experienced and inexperienced chess players: 

If you could have 3 unanswered moves as white to start off the game, as opposed to 1, what would they be?

Think about: 

  • Can you really bury your opponent?
  • What will it take for black to stop it?
  • What are some creative combinations...
  • What is the 'best' solution...

I'm looking for interesting concepts, powerful positions, etc...

Response is absolutely critical for this to be a successful blog post!  So help me out -- If you read this and it is an intriguing idea, please take the time to get back to me and post your ideas!  Maybe this idea is the next 'chess 960?!'  ...or maybe it's just an interesting idea to try out & 'even the odds' when playing against someone much stronger or weaker than you are.


  • 6 years ago


    I am not so sure in all honesty, I think you may not need to advance the pawns to be really effective!

    Possibly this  






    OR maybe: 

    Would give white a nice lead, in an english like position (which I play)

  • 7 years ago


    My favorite position as white is getting both knights out early, so I like your idea here Jeremy.  I assume you went to the 'king's indian' side so you can open that castle option quicker (as opposed to the queen's indian).

    Feel free to comment on this one as well (everyone), Board 2.  Which do you think is stronger?

    Thanks for the idea Jeremy.  -- Who else!?

  • 7 years ago


    I would actually play a bit more conservatively. Yes white will get a gigantic advantage as long as you do this in a reasonable way, but there is no need to launch all the pawns immediately.

    The only real flaw I see with the c-d-e pawn launch is that you will be in danger of facing an advance of the c or e pawn from black, which could render those pawns too far advanced to be useful. I prefer the d4-e4-Nf3 setup, since it is solid to use even when black gets to make moves. Another advantage of this system is that ...c5 and ...e5 advances will not be nearly as strong. It is already difficult to find moves for black which I assume is the idea of this exercise.

  • 7 years ago


    I figure a lot of people might choose to start by pushing three of the middle pawns.  Thanks for the feedback Laurent.  Here is what his board will look like:

    Now, if others want to comment on this position as black's first move, refer to it as Board 1.

    Keep this going, I'll give it some thought and try to figure out some sort of defense as black.

  • 7 years ago


    I would play 1.e4+d4+c4 to get some useful space without weakening a future short castle.

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