The Importance of Development in the Openings by GM Nadezhda Kosintseva
Many beginning chess players get into trouble already in the initial stage of the game because they underestimate the importance of rapid development in the openings. In actual fact, the main goal of openings is placing the pieces in harmonious positions and securing the king. Instead, some players spend their time at this stage of the game for premature attacks or pawn hunting. As a result, the king of such players suffers at the center of the board and often cannot be supported in time by other pieces. In this lecture, I will demonstrate to you the danger of being behind in development from the example of grandmasters' games as well as an instructive opening gamble for the black side that pays off in the case of White’s avidity for pawns.