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4 Opening Moves in Chess Everyone Should Know

Posted by Kristian Jeffrey on

The first few moves in a chess game have always been the subject of extensive research for chess lovers. After all, the opening moves from both sides play a vital role in determining the position of the middle game and the outcome of the end game.

Rudolf Spielmann, an Austrian chess genius, popularly known as “The Master of Attack”, one said:

“Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine.”

Sound knowledge of opening theories is the foundation of a chess master. All great players around the world have spent time studying chess opening theories along with in-depth analysis of every move.

There are hundreds of options for a chess player when deciding what move is best to start the game. A few examples of the best opening chess moves that many great players opt to use from the white side are:

  • 1. e4, King's Pawn Game
  • 1. d4, Queen's Pawn Game
  • 1. c4, The English Opening
  • 1. Nf3, The Zukertort Opening

The counter move from the Black side to each of the above initiates an opening, usually called “chess opening theory”. Let’s take a look at how these theories dictate you should respond to the above opening moves.

King's Pawn Game - 1. e4

This move from White is a favorite of many beginners, mainly because the fighting spirit involved in it against any reply from the black side.

The common replies for Black against this move are:

  • e5
  • c5
  • e6
  • d5

Every opening move should be well-prepared, well-researched and properly considered because of the number of traps and pitfalls that lurk behind these move orders. 

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