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Chess Openings Resources for Beginners and Beyond

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Chess Openings Resources for Beginners and Beyond

The Two Most Important Chess Opening Principles - Development and Control of the Center...

http://www.chesskids.org.uk/newcourse/ck3l32.htm

https://www.chesscentral.com/pages/learn-chess-play-better/chess-strategy-for-chess-openings-and-chess-principles.html

The advantages of centralizing your chess pieces...

https://chessfox.com/the-advantages-of-centralizing-your-chess-pieces/

5 Ways to Increase Your Control Over the Centre...

https://chessfox.com/5-ways-to-increase-your-control-over-the-centre/

Two Instructive videos introducing chess opening principles in practice...MSK Chess...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ugDFOoevyI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbD_jtRCAsA

More on opening principles and introduction to some popular openings...

https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-principles-of-the-opening

http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/ten-rules-opening

http://www.chesskids.org.uk/level2/l2a.htm

https://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa05g16.htm

https://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa05l17.htm

https://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa02i21.htm

https://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/bloa0000.htm

https://mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa03b22.htm

https://mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa07g28.htm

https://mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa03c15.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_opening

13 Types of Chess Openings...

https://chessfox.com/13-different-types-of-chess-openings/

Chess Opening Theory - Wikipedia...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_opening

https://en.wikibooks.org/w/index.php?title=Chess_Opening_Theory&oldid=3395654

Discovering Chess Openings: Building Opening Skills from Basic Principles...

By John Emms.  A MUST-READ for the beginner-novice.  Many chess teachers advise against spending excessive time on the study of openings variations for the beginner, but they do agree it is important to acquire a solid understanding of opening PRINCIPLES right from the start.  This book explains the basics of opening FUNDAMENTALS better than any other book.  If you are uncertain about what you should be thinking and doing during the opening, this book does an exceptional job of addressing these issues...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1857444191/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Good Chess Openings Books for Beginners and Beyond...

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell/good-chess-openings-books-for-beginners-and-beyond

A downloadable document (pdf format), introductory overview of the major openings...

http://www.chesskids.org.uk/grownups/openings.pdf

The ChessWebsite presents brief video introductions to a variety of openings...

http://www.thechesswebsite.com/chess-openings/

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL95D57046F196F063

List of Chess Openings, With ECO Codes...

https://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http://www.geocities.com/siliconvalley/lab/7378/eco.htm&date=2010-02-20+10:14:24

https://www.chessopolis.com/eco-codes-expanded/

Gambits....Playing gambits is fun, but most importantly in so doing you will hone your tactical and attacking skills, while learning the importance of seizing and maintaining the initiative... 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chess_gambits

http://www.thefullwiki.org/List_of_chess_gambits

http://www.angelfire.com/nf/chess/Gambits.html

http://www.ianchessgambits.com/

https://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa04g10.htm

https://chesslessons.wordpress.com/category/danish-gambit/

https://chesslessons.wordpress.com/category/evans-gambit/

http://www.thechesswebsite.com/top-7-aggressive-chess-openings/

Chess Openings - Ultimate Guide to the Openings of Chess...

https://chesspathways.com/chess-openings/

SimplifyChess - presents articles, introductory expositions of the themes, plans and strategies of several of the major openings as well as the major pawn structures arising from the openings and the implications for how to play them.  I highly recommend to peruse this very instructive site...

https://simplifychess.com/blog.html

https://simplifychess.com/homepage/openings.html

https://simplifychess.com/pawn-structures/why-learn-pawn-structures/index.html

https://simplifychess.com/pawn-structures/complete-guide-chess-pawn-structures/index.html

'GothamChess' - IM Levy Rosman - My Favorite Chess Openings by Rating...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFod-ozimmM&t=103s

More quick Chess Openings tutorials by 'GothamChess'...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdyik5UwBtM

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gothamchess+openings

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBRObSmbZluTpMdP-rUL3bQ5GA8v4dMbT

'Hanging Pawns' - well-presented introductions to many openings....

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkJdvwRC-oGPhRHW_XPNokg

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hanging+pawns+opening

'Kestony' - instructive videos on miscellaneous aspects of openings...

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhGeKsjHa5nw4aeodgLJ64KjvYUvnK3eH

'Jim's Chess Channel' - instructive introductions to many openings....

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPaM3qJ0ieXt2Dmy9SjfQvCfhs-pbWhik

Tutorial articles (in pdf format) on various openings, from Abby Marshall's "The Openings Explained" and Dan Heisman's "Novice Nook" columns of the now virtually defunct ChessCafe.com, are archived here (along with many articles on a variety of chess topics, by different authors ) - I highly recommend to browse this gold mine of chess info...

https://web.archive.org/web/20140714190611/http:/www.chesscafe.com/archives/archives.htm#The%20Openings%20Explained

A popular site with an innovative, interactive approach to chess instruction - in particular, openings - is Chessable.  I recommend to check it out....some of the courses are free...

https://www.chessable.com/chessable-tutorial-openings/course/3041/

https://www.chessable.com/chessable-tutorial-openings/course/3317/

https://www.chessable.com/smithys-opening-fundamentals/course/21302/

https://www.chessable.com/chess-openings/

https://www.chessable.com/chess-openings/all/all/free/

The Kenilworth Chess Club website was a rich source of information on chess openings, among many other topics.  It appears the site is no longer being maintained or updated, nevertheless there is some useful content still available.  In particular, Michael Goeller's blog, The Kenilworthian, contained many informative articles on openings.  

Primarily for experienced players - a site devoted to presenting the latest developments in chess opening theory -  Chesspublishing.com.  Although it's a subscription site, there is some free content including the forums.  For example.....

Some opening repertoire suggestions - by GM Nigel Davies and IM Andrew Martin...
http://www.chesspublishing.com/content/repert.htm

http://www.chesspublishing.com/content/repert2.htm

Articles dealing with the considerations involved in choosing an opening repertoire.....

http://www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa02i07.htm

http://grandpatzerchess.blogspot.com/2007/03/openings-for-improving-players-part-1.html

http://grandpatzerchess.blogspot.com/2007/03/openings-for-improving-players-part-2.html

http://grandpatzerchess.blogspot.com/2007/03/openings-for-improving-players-part-3.html  

Thoughts On Choosing a Chess Opening Repertoire - 'Hanging Pawns'...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr-_W6Eujzg

The Amateur's Mind (for want of a better category) #3 A big rant about how to choose opening lines - ChessCoach Andras....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRgJ_rX9bCI&list=RDCMUCcYZTGsTO5TbCaA1O0wcBzw&index=1

An easy to learn, "Universal" opening for White - 'Kestony'...

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/for-beginners/best-opening-for-beginner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzAZYyydYe8

1.e4 or 1.d4 – which is the better move?

While the conclusions reached by the author in the following Chessbase.com article are generally acknowledged to be correct, an important point not clearly made is that 1.d4 games are typically positional, maneuvering in style versus 1.e4 games many of which tend to be tactical in character. This puts a premium on proficiency in positional concepts and techniques when playing 1.d4 games whereas in many cases 1.e4 games (particularly the so-called 'Open Games') rely more heavily on tactical skill. These considerations generally mean that players, typically the beginner-novice, who are not as skilled in, or comfortable with positional chess would wisely be advised to focus more on the king pawn games as White...

https://en.chessbase.com/post/1-e4-or-1-d4-which-is-the-better-move#:~:text=e4%20is%20an%20attacking%20move,likely%20to%20end%20in%20draws

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1015858

Chess Openings Tier Lists - GM Hikaru Nakumura and IM Levy Rozman

Chess openings are rated in terms of their appropriateness vis-a-vis player skill level -  i.e., beginner vs intermediate vs GM's, etc.  For each of the openings discussed note whether the evaluation is from White's or Black’s perspective. They also frequently refer to some openings as "garbage" or "bad" (an unfortunate choice of terms, IMO).  However, these qualifiers are used in the context of, for example, how much so-called "theory" (i.e., documented variations) the opening encompasses, or how much emphasis the opening places on positional versus tactical skills in order to play it well. For example, an opening they refer to as "garbage" for a beginner may in fact be appropriate for higher rated players who typically know more theory for the openings they play and have a more highly developed understanding of positional concepts.

Here, part 1 of the 3-part Chess Openings Tier List for Beginners...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9CwH47r6og&list=PL4KCWZ5Ti2H43-gcoByRnZs5fVR_Lg133&index=4&ab_channel=GMHikaru

Chess Openings Trainers...

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-openings/chess-openings-trainer-1?page=1

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