Chess Development "Bits 'n' Pieces":
Part of the Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)

Chess Development
"Bits 'n' Pieces"

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This guide covers 8 different aspects related to the expansive matter of Chess Development ...

None of these topics really warranted sections of their own and they'd otherwise be jay walking on random pages of this site ...

So, they've been rounded up and lumped together into this single page, which more than adequately does the job and yes it is a bit lazy, but life's too short.

Chess Development Index

The following is a list of chess development terms and situations all players should be familiar with. Click the links if you want to find out more (each includes a video example).
  1. Development (page 2)
    Development usually refers to the arrangement of a player's army, as the Pawns and Pieces are 'developed' - ideally into their preferred positions - in the Opening phase of a game.

  2. Fianchetto (page 3)
    "Fianchetto" is a term used to refer to a specific positional development of the Bishops, when they're placed on their 2nd Rank, within their army's half of the board, so that they're on the long-diagonal of the colored squares along which they operate.

  3. Hole (page 4)
    A Hole is a square that is totally undefended by Pawns and freely available for control, by either player.

  4. Positional Play (page 5)
    When development is referred to as "Positional", it refers to a style - or an approach - that is more patient ...

  5. Quiet Move (page 6)
    Any move that DOESN'T result in a piece being threatened or captured is referred to as a Quiet Move.

  6. Symmetry (page 7)
    In the Opening phase, it's not uncommon for both players to make the same moves, whereby Black appears to 'mirror' a short sequence of White's development, resulting in a pattern of perfect Symmetry.

  7. Tempo (page 8)
    Each turn or single move a player makes is referred to as a "Tempo".

  8. Transposition (page 9)
    Transposition occurs in the Opening phase, when the same position is reached, but you get there in a slightly different sequence of moves.

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