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Session # 5

The opening is the first of the three phases of a game. The opening is when each side gets its pieces out, prepares itself for the firsts attacks and basically sets the ground for the rest of the game. We are going to see some principles that will serve as a guide on how the openings should be played, it will be important for you to follow these rules from now on.

First, we will divide the pieces in two categories: minor pieces, major pieces, king and pawns. We already know what the king and pawns are, we placed them here just to show that they are not part of the major and minor pieces. The minor pieces are the knights and bishops, the major are the rooks and queen. Also it is important to talk about the center, it is the place where the pieces are most powerful. In reality, we can look at the opening as a war for the center. The player that achieves the goal of controlling the center has created an enormous advantage for himself. With all this new knowledge, we will enumerate the four principal that you will follow from now on to start the game.

1-Play in the center or as close as possible
2-Get your minor pieces out
3-Put your king in security ( castle )
4-You must have completed your developpement before attacking

Now for the second of the three phases of the game; the middle game. The middle game is the phase right after the opening, meaning that when we have put our king in security, developed our minor pieces and that the attacks start occurring, the middle game has started. Here, the goal is to create some kind of advantage for ourselves, material or positional, in order to arrive in the endgame with an edge and increasing our chances of winning. Here, more often than not, the smarter person will win, we must use some tactics and strategies in order to beat our enemy. We will supply you with tools to build such strategies and tactics. |of course, you will have to use those tools in order to have a chance of accomplishing something. Just as a carpenter cannot do much without his tools, you will not be able to do much without yours.

The end game, as the name tells, is the last phase of the game. Here the result will depend on how well we played the openings and the middle game. Here the material advantages will be felt immensely and it is them that will in majority of the cases decide the result of the game. If the game is equal in material, the one who was smart enough to prepare his position for the endgame, will have the better chance of winning.



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