The Durkin opening: How startups can avoid making the wrong first move (slide deck)

The Durkin opening in chess is an awkward first move. It develops the queen’s knight too early and poorly. And as a result loses the momentum of White’s advantage of the first move.


It was also the title of a guest lecture I did last week for the engineering students at Sydney University taking the Technology Venture Creation class.

Durkin opening (1. Na3)

Durkin opening (1. Na3)

The talk hoped to show how to avoid losing momentum by focusing on the right things at each stage of the startup game.


Below are the slides from the talk – hope you find them useful.




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This article was originally published on Paul Bennett’s site.


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