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Key Openings

Key Openings

Learn these openings to get an early advantage!

Are you tired of feeling lost in the opening stage of the game? Then this is the course for you! Learning openings can be difficult for some players, and losing to an opening trap is a bad feeling. By learning these important and popular openings you will start getting great positions from the start of the game, and maybe even win some fast games with opening traps!

Here is what you will learn: 

  • Popular king's pawn openings like the Italian and the Ruy Lopez 
  • How to play against sharp defenses like the Sicilian
  • Offbeat openings to surprise and trick your opponents
  • Gambits that give up material for attacking chances
  • Opening traps to notch quick wins!
  • Offbeat Openings

    Not all games start with 1.e4 or 1.d4. The most common additional opening is the English Opening, 1.c4. Black can meet the English with 1...e5 or 1...c5 to get purely English positions, or try to transpose into d4 openings with 1...c6 or 1...e6. A...

    • 6 min
    • 6 sfida
  • Popular 1.e4 Openings

    Explore the ideas behind three of the most popular 1. e4 openings in chess. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 Bc4 is the Italian Opening. Black can play the risky 3...Nf6 or the safer 3...Bc5. 3. Bb5 is the popular Ruy Lopez. The threat to play Bxc6 and Nxe5...

    • 6 min
    • 6 sfida
  • Popular 1. e4 Openings: The Sicilian Defense

    The Sicilian Defense, 1...c5 is a popular reply to 1.e4. The game frequently reaches the Open Sicilian when White plays 2. Nf3 and 3.d4. Black typically captures on d4 and reaches a complicated, open position. Often White castles queenside and Black castles...

    • 4 min
    • 5 sfida
  • Popular 1. e4 Openings: French and Caro Kann

    When Black wants a solid game vs. 1. e4, you need to know the French and Caro Kann. In both openings, Black supports the d7-d5 push with either 1...e6 (the French) or 1...c6 (the Caro Kann). White will often have a space advantage in either line, but...

    • 4 min
    • 5 sfida
  • Popular 1.d4 Openings

    1.d4 is one of the most popular first moves. After 1...d5 White can play 2.c4, leading to the Queen's Gambit. Black can either accept with 2...dxc4 or defend the d5 pawn with c6 (the Slav Defense) or e6 (the Queen's Gambit Declined).

    • 8 min
    • 6 sfida
  • Popular 1. d4 Openings: 1...Nf6, Dutch Defense

    The most popular response to 1. d4 is 1...Nf6, which develops and prevents White from playing e4. White frequently plays 2. c4 and Black can decide between a direct fight for the center with 2...e6 or a counter-attacking plan with 2...g6. Another risky...

    • 7 min
    • 6 sfida
  • Gambits

    Sometimes giving up a pawn or two can accelerate development and create a sharp game. This is risky, but can lead to great attacking play. A couple famous gambits are the King's Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.f4) and the Danish Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.d4).

    • 7 min
    • 6 sfida
  • Opening Traps

    Everyone should know a few opening traps so they don't lose the game in the first few moves. One good example is the trouble you can get into by copying. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nxe4 Qe2. If Black plays Qe7 then White wins Black's knight on e4. If the...

    • 8 min
    • 6 sfida
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