Chess Opening Move Strategy

Opening Chess Moves

Excellent opening moves on your beginners chess game:

The first one is from, as is called “The Stonewall Attack” which he says is the king of chess openings – the most perfect system in chess and if played properly by any one, they are bound to win.

Another one…

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Top Common Chess Opening Moves

Top Common Chess Opening Moves

The top 10 common chess opening moves – from and wikihow:

  1. Ruy Lopez
  2. Italian Game
  3. SicilianDefense
  4. French Defense
  5. Caro Kann Defense
  6. Pirc Defense
  7. Queen’s Gamit
  8. Italian Defense
  9. English Opening
  10. Reti Opening

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MORE Chess Opening Moves Strategies

02-WikiHow-Chess-Openings-Playing-Black-Step-3The most important principle of chess openings is development.

If you can develop more pieces in the opening than your opponent, then you control the mid and eventually end game – increasing your chances of checkmate.

Chess Openings are defined as the first few moves of a chess game.


Chess Opening Strategy 1: The French Defense Winawer

The French Defense is one of the best known, and effective openings at black’s disposal.

Move 1: e4 e6

  • e4 – Moving the King Pawn two spaces forward is the most common move played in professional and amateur chess.
  • e6 – Moving the king pawn a conservative one space forward is the defining move of the French Defense. Although it does not control the center squares as e4 does, it can lead to many strong positions.
  • Nimzovich in the book, “My System” made a case that the best ploy by white was to move d4 on the second move and e5 on the third move and go for a space advantage and an attack on the king. Because of this, most players will play this way as white and this gives black the first attack on the queenside starting with 2) … d5 and 3) … c5, the Advance Variation.

Move 2:  D4 D5

  • D4 – Moving the Queen Pawn forward two spaces, now completely dominates the centre squares.
  • D5 – Moving the Queen Pawn two spaces forward now forms a strong pawn chain(both the Classical and Winawer Variation of the French Defense complete this move).

Move 3: Nc3 Bb4

  • Nc3 – Again a logical move, white is now covering the pawn on e4 and has developed another piece.
  • Bb4 – Moving the bishop to B4 successfully pins whites Knight to the king. This move allows development of another piece while prohibiting the movement of white.

More Opening Moves from comments…

It depends upon the kind of game you prefer to play. If you like a closed game, you can start with d4. If you like an open game, play e4. There are variations, however, that can lead to the same situation. This is called transposition. If you are not familiar with the strength of your opponent, choose a closed game. Another criterion to decide whether to opt for a closed or open game is the type of your play. Basically, there are two types of play: positional and tactical. If you are a tactician, choose e4, which offers plenty of opportunities for a tactical battle. If you are a positional player like me, though, choose d4, which makes for a quieter development, preparing everything before commencing an attack. There you have it. I hope this helps.

Playing as white, my favorite first move is always Nf3, followed by g3, followed by Bg2. This sets up a very nice King-Side castle situation which both attacks and defends from the opponent.

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The Queen’s Gambit is one of the most popular openings in chess and is used by many of the top chess players around the world. It is easy to play with lot of variations for creativity. I hope that the insight and analysis gives you a better understanding of the opening and what to look for when you play.

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