- Never discount the possibility that the queen can develop quickly to a safe square. It's not possible in many starting positions but there are also quite a few where she can.
- Don't be scared to expose the king to diagonal attack if the opposing wing is closed off from diagonal attack.
- Never discount the possibility that the same pawn can be moved twice. In Chess960 there are many positions where it is bad, but there are also some positions where it perfectly fine to do so. The reason is that the cost in tempo for the extra pawn move, is compensated by an inability of the enemy to express their tempo in development, and thus be forced to waste tempo.
- Don't discount the possibility of making more than two pawn moves in the opening. Sometimes black can close down positions quickly by doing so. It is risky though and must be carefully calculated. Three pawn move openings are fairly common, but four opening pawn moves are only rarely workable (as demonstrated below)
- Always prepare an evacuation square for a knight that could potentially get biffed by a pawn and forced to move therefore.
- Even in the opening, look for active development against the opposing king, because in Chess960 castling options for the enemy are sometimes limited.
Here is what I'm talking about:
SP150: How black can play against white's best opening - the queen's pawn
Verified by Rybka-4 960:
- d4 ... e5 Black realizes that in this SP, the queen is safe on e5.
Black is going to have to play actively in order to
equalize a situation that is easier for white to manage.
Ah hah I here you say "but if the queen is on e5,
white can play g3/Bg2/Bf4" but no! Black has Ne6.
- d5 ... f5! White plays the common Chess960 pawn move to the 5th rank
that blocks black's d8 knight from being able to develop.
Black however has his own ideas. By playing ...f5 he
intends f4/d6 pawn formations that block white's diagonal
attack on his g-side king and also enables a nice development
- e4 ... f4! White has got to play e4 to free the bishops but once
again pawn capture is declined
- c4 ... Be7 So far the standard chess opening principles have
all been broken. White is going for space and black
is going for equality by developing more quickly.
White has played out to c4 in order that his d1 knight
can develop without blocking a possible queen-side pawn
initiative. The big question is how is black going
to develop his d8 knight? At this stage it looks bad.
- b4 ... d6 White is now over-extending. It is interesting to see
how black blockades and develops.
- Nc3 ... Nb6 The point is that black has a safe squares to jump
to if his b6 knight is biffed by a pawn.
It can go to a4 or d7.
- Be2 ... O-O Black delays any more piece development until
white clarifies intention.
- Nb6 ... Qg6 All black's problems are solved and there is a
possible attack plan as well.
- Nd2 ... Nf7 What an excellent counter-balance black has achieved
having to face white's solid queen's pawn opening.
- Qd1 ... Bh3! Black's amazing punch line development of the bishop!
The point is that white cannot castle kingside and
That black's development is stable.
- Bf3... Now it is white that has to defend and even worse, there
is no clear plan for progress on white's queenside.
Black has magnificently and creatively kept it
Well done black!