Meeting Exotic Openings

Exotic openings tend to be quite popular at club level as players try to ‘avoid theory’. But this can come at a heavy price, they do little to help improve a player’s pattern recognition and can create weaknesses.

When playing against such openings I suggest a simple and economical approach, rather than trying to refute them just aim for a playable middle game in which you know what to do. In this respect the following game was exellent.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: