How to Deal with Irregular Chess Openings

Every now and then, we will encounter an opponent who will dish out an outlandish and bizarre chess opening that no one has ever before seen. Some players readily believe that they have the capacity to beat any bookish opponent by going on with such irregular openings. Unfortunately, these fellows do win from time to time.

But does that mean that the "bookish" players can often be taken off guard when they see an opening which we can readily consider as out of the box? If that is not true, what about instances when there are upsets even among the experienced chess players?

When a player wins by using irregular openings that doesn't necessarily proves that the books the "bookish" people study and devote so much time on are terribly mistaken. It doesn't also necessarily mean that players are struck off guard when they encounter an opening that is not written in "the books". We can attribute the losses to player error rather than a mistake in the books since irregular openings don't always win as well.

Every player who has spent hours upon hours of study and practice on the principles and the practices of the game of chess will find solace in the fact that every single bad move (using irregular openings or otherwise) can be thoroughly refuted by using sound chess principles.

With regard to the many different fundamental principles in chess, those that truly help out with the opening are the ones that will prove to be quite essential to players who have dedicated a lot of effort into understanding such. Principles like controlling the center through an occupation of the said squares or by indirectly putting threats on the said center squares from a distance are essential when facing irregular openings.

Having mentioned such principles, we also need to advise players on exposing their Pawns too much and mounting an attack quite prematurely. Both of which are pitfalls that can be committed both by the irregular opening practitioner or the so-called "bookish" player. The player who understands the principles behind the many openings will technically have the advantage. The only measure that that player should follow is to practice the regular level of care when making moves against one that plays irregular openings.

One can usually react very well to irregular openings and prepare a well thought of assault after establishing a good strong center and taking advantage of holes in the opponent's structure. But that doesn't mean that there is no such thing as a reasonable irregular opening. You might be surprised to one day find an irregular opening that is quite sound.

Practitioners of well-established chess openings can take refuge in the fact that they have an advantage over practitioners of irregular openings by understanding and abiding by correct principles in chess.