so, my friend and I have both been playing chess for a long time, since our teens, but we've both just played the game, you know, in random format, but now, we've discovered "openings" haha! Yes! There is such a thing as a structured, time tested, veritably reliable way to play the game of chess, from the beginning, that will ensure a more successful and productive game. Many of them in fact. Check it out, gambits are the way to go, i'm telling you.