Opening A Second Front

From an improvement point of view endgames are far more important than openings because they build up a player’s game from a cellular level and bring clarity to a great many strategic ideas. One of these is the concept of ‘opening a second front’ by which the side with superior mobility switches the play to another part of the board to which the defender can’t bring any pieces. This is one of those concepts that has broader application, for example Chinese generals waxed lyrical about this in various ancient texts.

Here’s Alexander Alekhine using it to effect whilst in the process of sobering up for his rematch against Max Euwe.


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: