Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Four Tests on Where a Piece Should Go in the Opening

The ideal square for a piece in the opening will stand the following tests:

1. The piece can go there in one move.
2. The piece will be effectively posted there.
3. The piece will not suffer from exposure.
4. The piece will not unduly obstruct any of its own forces.

Rarely can you find a square that passes all these tests, but try to get the square that passes test 3 and as many of the others as possible.

- CJS Purdy

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