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Chess Openings

The first few moves in the chess opening lays the foundation for every chess game. Most of the chess openings have been named and analyzed for hundreds of years. It is important if you want to be successful in chess to be familiar with some of the most popular openings and understand the theory behind the moves. In this section we cover everything you need to know about the most popular chess openings. The boards below will let you know if the opening is offensive or defensive. Once you find the opening you want, click to watch an in depth video and see some of the famous chess games that have been played using that opening.

Many beginners ask what they should study first. While it’s important to understand concepts more than memorizing moves of a particular opening there are a few specific openings that all chess players should start with because they are so widely played. For white, a player should first learn the King’s Gambit, Queen’s Gambit, Ruy Lopez and the English. For black, a player should first learn the Sicilian Defense, French Defense, Scandinavian, and the Slav.

It’s important for any chess player to figure out what type of strategy they like to play. Each opening has a very different play style. Once someone determines what type of game they like to play they can then learn other openings that lead to those type of games.

If you would like to filter the openings by a specific move you can click the move below:

Adelaide Counter Gambit
Albin Counter-Gambit
Alekhine Defense
Apocalypse Attack
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Baltic Defense
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Belgrade Gambit
Benko Gambit
Benoni Defense
Bird’s Opening
Black Knights Tango
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Blackmar-Diemer Gambit
Bogo Indian Defense
Bowlder Attack
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Budapest Gambit
Calabrese Countergambit
Caro-Kann
Catalan Opening
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Chigorin Defense
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Cochrane Gambit
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Colorado Gambit
Danish Gambit
Dutch Defense
Elephant Gambit
English Opening
Evans Gambit
Falkbeer Counter-Gambit
Four Knights Game
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French Defense
Fried Liver Attack
Gianutio Counter Gambit
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Giuoco Piano
Goring Gambit
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Grand Prix Attack
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Grob Attack
Grunfeld Defense
Halloween Gambit
Icelandic Gambit
Italian Game
Jerome Gambit
King’s Gambit
Kings Indian Attack
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Kings Indian Defense
Larsens Opening
Latvian Gambit
Locock Gambit
Lolli Attack
London System
Max Lange Attack
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Mieses Opening
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Muzio Gambit
Nakhmanson Gambit
Napoleon Opening
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Nimzo Indian Defense
Nimzowitsch Defense
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Petrov Defense
Philidor Defense
Pirc Defense
Ponziani Opening
Portuguese Gambit
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Queens Gambit
Queens Indian Defense
Relfsson Gambit
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Reti Gambit
Reti Opening
Rousseau Gambit
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Ruy Lopez
Scandinavian Defense
Schliemann Gambit
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Scotch Gambit
Scotch Game
Semi-Slav
Sicilian Defense
Slav Defense
Smith Morra Gambit
Staunton Gambit Accepted
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Steinitz Gambit
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Stonewall Attack
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Tennison Gambit
Traxler Counter Attack
Trompowsky Attack
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Urusov Gambit
Veresov Attack
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Vienna Game
Wayward Queen Attack
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Wing Gambit