Chess Openings [Lifetime Guide]

Chess openings are the starting moves of chess game combined with theory and action. You will learn Lifetime Guide for chess openings. This guide will answer all your questions related to chess openings.

General Principles of Chess Openings

What is the difference between an amateur chess player and a professional chess player? The main difference is “understanding of chess”. And this understanding starts with the first move. So let’s imagine the game, A player starts with 1.e4 and B player replies with f6. Who played better chess opening? A player or B player? Of course A player played according to theory and plan, and on the contrary B player just played by his mind. without knowing theory and plan.

So if you memorized chess openings without understanding the logic and idea behind chess openings, then you will be crushed by professional chess players. This is one of the big difference between amateur chess players and professional chess players. Professional chess players have an understanding of chess, combined with theory and action.

Once and for all

Please remember this clearance in chess openings. In the starting position of chess white has the advantage of the first move. And in the game, white should secure his advantage and black should equalize. This is all you need to know about chess openings.

Development and the Center

Just remember the two things in the chess openings, one is the development of your pieces on best squares and the 2nd is The Center. You should develop the pieces in order to protect the centre and to hold the advantage [ First Move Advantage 🙂 ] .

Here are some recommendations that you should understand and you must apply in the openings. these recommendations will provide you better results in your games.

Chess Openings Principles

  1. Always open the game with 1.e4 or 1.d4
  2. Make a developing move with a threat.
  3. Develop Knights before Bishops.
  4. Choose the best square for your pieces and develop it there for once and for all [ Like Rashid Nezhmetdinov who never looked back].
  5. Do not make a pawn moves in the opening unless it’s necessary,  you should move only 1 or 2 pawns in the opening.
  6. Make the king safe, so castle as soon as possible, better on the kingside.
  7. Try to hold at least one pawn in the centre.
  8. Do not bring out your Queen early.
  9. Play, in order to get control of the centre. [remember: Development and the centre]

These were the principles of the chess openings. In order to apply these recommendations in your game, you just need to remember these two words ” Development and The Centre “.

Below are chess games,  in which chess player did not follow opening principles and got crushed. Like, grabbing a pawn in the opening, moving a piece twice in the opening, bringing queen too early in the opening, etc.


Punishment for pawn grabbers

In this game below you will see that black player grabbed a pawn in the opening, and white player took the advantage.


Do not move your Queen early in the opening



Develop your pieces once and for all

In this game below, we will see that black player moved his piece many time in the opening and the white player just made simple developing move and won the game. Let’s see in action.


Not paying attention in the opening

In this short game below we will see the black player is not paying attention to opening and the logic of opening moves from white side.


The whole summary of this article is ” Development and the centre “. or you can share your thoughts in comments.

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  • Jesusgonza
    03/09/2019 at 3:00 pm

    Muy interesante para todo aficionado al ajedrez.

    • admin
      03/09/2019 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you

  • reniel
    18/09/2019 at 10:21 am

    It helps a lot, I wish I will become a better chess player someday 🙂

    • admin
      18/09/2019 at 6:45 pm

      Good Luck!

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