I have noticed from perusing many of the posts on the forum that many members get easily confused and tricked when their opponents choose different move orders than the ones given in the ChessMood Courses. Recognising transpositions and setting move order traps is an important skill to master.
So how to eliminate this problem? Well the first step is to review ones Opening Repertoire carefully so that we have a clear Idea what setups we want to play and the ones we want to avoid. After that we need to commit to memory, using pattern recognition, the Key 'Opening Tabiyas' (An 'Opening Tabiya' is a standard opening position from which theory branches off in different directions) for the systems we want to play. For example take the Exchange Caro; Acc Dragon & Symmetrical English as shown in the diagrams below:
The three positions above form important tabiyas in our opening repertoire and should be imprinted in our minds, so far so good right. Now let's imagine these three positions are Shopping Malls, when we travel to the mall we always take the highway (main road), but what happens if the highway is closed, we have to familiarise ourselves with a new route right, and vow to learn alternate routes for other destinations as well, just in case we have to use them one day. You should do the same for all your main lines, that is, map out where all the alternate routes are hidden and use it to your advantage in your games. Note that Flank Openings are particularly treacherous territory for falling into move order traps.
Let's start with the Caro Tabiya - That position is more commonly reached via:
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 But observe.
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 c6?! 3.d4!? cxd5 4.Bd3 Back at our destination
1.e3!? e5 2.d4 exd4 3.exd4 d5 4.Bd3 We have our tabiya, but let's not get tricked into playing the Black side of this. :D
1.d4 c5 2.e3 cxd4 3.exd4 d5 4.Bd3 and Voila.
Accelerated Dragon Tabiya - Our normal route is:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 However
1.Nf3 c5 2.e4 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6
1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 c5 3.e4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 [Note however we avoid this move order because of 4.Qxd4!?] 4...Nc6
Symmetrical English Tabiya:
1. c4 c5 2.Nf3 or 2.Nc3 or 2.g3 etc
1.Nf3 c5 and whatever white does now we are on familiar territory.
1.g3! A very tricky move and now we should be careful, if we carelessly play the natural 1...e5 then we can be easily move ordered out of our repertoire after 2.c4! transposing to a popular and theory heavy line of the English. Also 1...d5 will not satisfy our needs because after 2.d4 we could easily find ourselves on the Black side of the Catalan with no idea what to do next. So what is our move 1...c5 of course.
Thanks for your attention and I hope this thread
has proven useful.
The devil is always in the details, but the more we populate our mental database with the key recurring patterns from our repertoire, the easier it becomes to find the right ideas, moves and sequences at the Board.
Mastering move-orders and transpositions will not happen overnight, but if you take it step by step you will get there. Once you know the destination it is much easier to chart a path.