Chess Training Tip #1: Open and Closed Lines

This is a series where I’ll be giving practical advice for U1800 players using examples from games played my students. In this first example, Konstantin (1588) faces a key decision after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nc6 4.Nc3 a6 5.d4 h6.

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50 Comments

  1. Looking forward to this series John! Keep up the good work!

  2. Open lines lead to tactical opportunities, whereas closed lines lend themselves to strategic play. If you have more pieces in the game than your opponent, open lines = immediate tactical opportunities for your better-developed forces!

  3. Hey John, love your videos! I was wondering if you could do a series for players that are trying to break the 2000 rating barrier or some higher level content. Thanks!

  4. Thanks John. I learned something. Looking forward to this series.

  5. Really clear and informative. Great video, John. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

  6. Good Chess Lesson, John. I will feature this Video in my Bigcaptain's Chess Study Group.

  7. This is great, looking forward to the rest of this series. Thanks!

  8. I was looking forward to this. Your videos have helped me alot. I am hoping for further improvement now:)

  9. What a great video! Short and sweet and to the point

  10. Nice dude.. But can you make a series for the 2000+ rated players? That will definitely helps me to win the tournament next month!

  11. Well done – ! I have to say that for my own interests I'm with the fan who said 'hit up some material for the 2000 range folks'! I hope we can have some expert level material. Let's talk about the fine points…!

  12. this is good information, and a great idea for a tutorial series. thanks!

  13. It might be even useful for guys over 1800 to watch (I hope ^^)…
    Repetition is the mother of skill, right? I'm 2000+ elo and gonna watch the whole series, no matter what!
    Thanks John, looking forward to more!

  14. wow John great stuff nice vid way to change it up very informative

  15. Thats series i just was looking for. Thanks πŸ˜‰

  16. Great! The succinct format is ideal for those of us short on time, looking forward to the series, as always thanks and much appreciated.

  17. John, can you give any advice on where to find a good chess teacher online? Is there a particular website where you can find one appropriate to specific skill levels?

  18. Superb, skipper. I really learnt a lot from this and now I'm keen to apply the thinking. Thanks.

  19. Thanks John! Now, if I can just get myself to stop dropping pieces all the time… πŸ˜‰

  20. This is excellent!! Exactly what I was looking for!! Thanks again John. I didn't even realize white was winning a pawn here. My first thought was castle, but I was also looking at Nd5 and being aggressive. Please do more of these videos!

  21. Nice Series, John! Hope to see more of this in future!

  22. Brilliant lesson John! I've heard so many people talk about "opening up" the position when you have a lead in development, but I've always been wary of doing it without getting all of my pieces involved first. Great to see an example of how to do it!

  23. Thanks a lot, John!!! very very informative video…. surely take care these things in future while playing….. You are the best πŸ™‚

  24. You're an incredible teacher, John! Thanks a lot.

  25. This is exactly what I've been wanting to see. Hoping for many more of these, John.

  26. definitely keep doing these kinds of videos!

  27. You can get away with a lot of pawn moves in the Sicilian, right, John?

  28. Very informative, looking forward to more of this series!

  29. Really nice work here John, as always. Thank you!

  30. how can i become a student?…and will u please use any of my games as a intructional course…if u chose to do so im 11hub on chess.com…if not ur lessons are very helpful..

  31. REALLY helpful – and one of those concepts that seems so simple when it's explained like this πŸ™‚

  32. Enjoying your gift for teaching chess…have already improved a bit.

  33. John can you make this small video 4 times a week so that inspite of college I can practice atleast by watching mistakes!

  34. Coming to this belatedly, but I just wanted to say thanks for this very clear and concise explanation! This is very helpful in understanding some basic chess principles.

  35. What were the time controls in this game?

  36. Thanks for the explaining the concepts in such a clean manner!

  37. Don’t do anything but play and I’m around 1000 but can’t progress past without learning better strategies

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