Chess Chess Chess & Openings
Chess has traditionally been separated into three phases: the opening, middlegame, and endgame. While all three are critical, today I’m going to focus on helping you get off to a good start. When I first learned how to play chess, I used openings that did not help me progress and, more often than not, left me with a difficult start to the game. My rating rose when I implemented some of the openings that I’ll show you in this piece.
The first thing to realize is that there are certain principles that, if followed, will ensure that your business’s initial period works smoothly. I like to divide them into three primary categories (any other principle is really just a subset of these ideas).
The three main principles are as follows:
1. Maintain control of the center.
This was the first chess lesson I had ever had. Controlling the center of the board (the e4, e5, d4, and d5) allows you to make your pieces more versatile and dominant. Placing pieces around the board’s edges inhibits their movement and, in general, hinders them from playing the game.
2. Arrange your components.
You can’t fight without an army, so don’t leave your pieces at home! Getting your pieces out of the back rank helps your offensive as well as your defense. There’s no need to sit back and play chess. Participate in events!
3. Get your king out of the line of danger.
If the king is checkmated, you lose the game. As a result, king safety will always be first on your list of priorities. Keeping your king safe usually entails castingling and avoiding moving pawns on the side where your king is. It is almost always fatal to leave the king in the middle of the board.
There are the greatest chess openings to learn for beginners –
As a beginner, you should study chess openings that closely follow the basic opening principles. These openings will not only improve your overall chess game, but will also help you achieve World Chess Champion status (a realistic goal for all of us). Some of the most well-known and powerful starts are really sound and rational. A couple of my personal favorites are as follows:
- No. 1 – Ruy Lopez
This entrance was initially mentioned in the Göttingen manuscript and is named after a 16th century Spanish friar (the oldest book on modern chess). The Ruy Lopez is a new opening premise based on a long-term plan to control the center. This opening has been employed by every World Champion at some point during their career.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 are the first moves in the Ruy Lopez. —we have The Ruy Lopez on the board after the light-squared bishop moves to square b5. The bishop move is designed to target the defender of the e5 piece, and if black isn’t attentive, white may be able to remove the knight on c6, leaving the e5 pawn defenseless.
- The Queen’s Gambit is number two on the list.
It’s not just a Netflix show! White will surrender one of their pawns in the Queen’s Gambit, a center-controlling opening (known as a gambit). This opening was used in 32 of the 34 games of the World Championship match between Capablanca and Alekhine.
White tempts black to win a pawn with 2…dxc4 after the movements 1.d4 d5 2.c4, allowing white to seize complete control of the center of the board with the following move. 3.e4. On rare occasions, a pawn sacrifice is warranted, and history has proven that the Queen’s Gambit is one of the best. Black usually declines the offered piece with the move 2…e6 (also known as the Queen’s Gambit Declined). Black agrees that the center isn’t worth a pawn with 2…e6, and an elaborate fight starts, with black on the defensive from the outset.
- Nimzo-Indian is a third option (Nimzo-Indian)
Black’s most potent opening is the Nimzo-Indian. This is due to its versatility and strict respect to the opening principles. Unlike the others on this list, the Nimzo-Indian is a relatively new opening devised by Aron Nimzowitsch in the early 1900s. The opening is based on the Indian Defenses of Moheschunder Bannerjee and Mir Sultan Khan.
Following the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 we arrive at a position that resembles the Ruy Lopez. Black uses the bishop to exert indirect pressure on white, seeking to prevent the pawn from moving to e4. Instead of using pawns, Black’s approach is to control the center by hastening the growth of their pieces. You may also notice that after these acts, black is ready to castle and get their king to safety (our 3rd principle).