GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #6:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)

Game 1, GW's Opening 5 Moves, Attempting to Understand
Control of the Center
[June 2nd 2011]

6. ???
(GW, June 2nd) Here's an example of where decisions, for my next move, really start to clash.

  • [6. Nc3] With Black's 2 Knights on their optimum first-move squares, 6. Nc3 would be one option. But, that's tempered by the potential for Black's d-pawn to attack it, with 6. ... d4. I'd then be forced to move the Knight TWICE in the opening, for a loss of tempo or potential loss of tempo?

  • [6. Bg5] I've seen Yasser Seirawan send his Queen Bishop out to attack Black's King Knight, only to be instantly repelled by Black King Rook Pawn to h6. If/when attacked, I could drop my Bishop down to h4, to keep pin attack on the Knight & Queen. While it's threatening Black's King Knight, which has an impact on Black's Center control, from h4 my Bishop wouldn't be having any direct impact on the Center.

  • [6. c4] I don't particularly like the Black Phalanx (c5,d5) and have toyed with the idea of trying to dismantle it with immediate effect.

  • [6. Nd2 v. 6. Re1] If, instead, I wanted to push the e-Pawn into action, I'm struggling to decide whether to bring the Queen Knight across first, to d2, which attacks e4. Or, sidestep the Rook to e1. At the risk of answering my own question, I recall advice saying to move Knights before Bishops, Bishops before Rooks. So, should it be 6. Nd2, first? The Knight would block the Queen Bishop, but that could be fianchettoed, to attack the Center from b2.

... As always, it doesn't seem to matter which move I decide upon, as soon as the opponent moves, my original plans/ideas seem to crumble (not that they were much in the first place. But, that'll come with training and practice).

Furthermore, should I have bothered to complete the Barcza Opening (1. Nf3, 2. g3, 3. Bg2, 4. 0-0) when Black's d-pawn advanced to d5? E.g. should I have played 3. d4, to prevent Black's c-pawn advance, creating the 5th Rank Phalanx; or, would that have been unnecessarily chickening-out of following through with the planned Barcza Opening?

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