Croydon's President, IM Guy West, has selected the openings and will lead the discussions on the first one. FM Bill Jordan, FM Kok Siong Teo and FIDE Trainer N.Y. Wong have kindly agreed to conduct the lectures on the other four.
In Guy's words:
" I have tried to select openings that a player might really come across or realistically choose to adopt, but at the same time have interesting imbalances of Time or King Safety vs Material, and rich tactical complications."
Thursday 30th May: Round 1: English/Anti Benoni System
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.c4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5!? 5.Nb5 d5 6.cxd5 Bc5
Thursday June 6th: Round 2: Exchange Ruy Lopez: Barendregt Variation
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Bg4 6.h3 h5!?
Thursday June 13th: Round 3: Vienna Game: Frankenstein-Dracula Variation
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4!? 4.Qh5 Nd6 5.Bb3 Nc6 6.Nb5 g6 7.Qf3 f5 8.Qd5 Qe7
Thursday June 20th: Round 4: Reti: Pirc-Lisitsin Gambit
1.Nf3 f5 2.e4!? fxe4 3.Ng5
Thursday 27th: Round 5: Caro Kann: Steinitz (Modern) variation
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.N1f3 h6 8.Nxe6!?