May 2021 Camp - Opening Preparation

May Camp – Opening Preparation

The chess scene is starting to pick up again slowly. Hopefully, you have your eye on a tournament in months ahead! In the last camp, we looked at how to work on your own games and learn from them. In this camp, we will turn our focus to tournament preparation.

This camp will be led by GM Sam Shankland, the 2018 US Champion and former second for Magnus Carlsen for the 2016 World Championship Match, with valuable contributions from GM Jacob Aagaard, renowned theoretician Nikos Ntirlis and IM Renier Castellanos.

Each day the first hour will be free for members of, while an in-depth session three hours will follow for those who have purchased access to this part of the camp.

The schedule is as follows. All timings according to London time zone.

Day 1 – Theme: The element of surprise/Learning new lines for a game
Friday 30th April 16.30-17.30 Sam Shankland
Friday 30th April 17.45-19.15 Jacob Aagaard
Friday 30th April 19.30-21.00 Jacob Aagaard

Day 2 – Theme: Preparing for specific opponents/Using Computers
Saturday 1st May 16.30-17.30 Sam Shankland
Saturday 1st May 17.45-19.15 Nikos Ntirlis
Saturday 1st May 19.30-21.00 Nikos Ntirlis

Day 3 – Theme: Polishing your repertoire before a tournament
Sunday 2nd May 16.30-17.30 Sam Shankland
Sunday 2nd May 17.45-19.15 Renier Castellanos
Sunday 2nd May 19.30-21.00 Renier Castellanos

Day 4 – Theme: Experiences at the top
Monday 3rd May 16.30-17.30 Sam Shankland
Monday 3rd May 17.45-19.15 Sam Shankland
Monday 3rd May 19.30-21.00 Sam Shankland

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Will you be focusing on particular openings or opening preparation more generally or both?

Can Sam/Jacob or Renier speak to building an opening files? How do you organize them? How often do you review them? Best advice on reviewing them. Do you use a schedule etc.

Dear Jonathan, welcome to Killer Chess Training!
@RenierChess can you please reply?

Hi Jonathan

I don’t have a schedule and I try to be flexible on most things, the idea of opening files is to have some reference point where you can always go back to when you need it. Also if you work more seriously on openings it makes sense to write everything down. I organize everything in one BIG DATABASE. Everything I create goes into this Database. I review them when I am studying openings, I look for newer games, or check new books and compare to my files.


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