Openings

WGM Raluca Sgircea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.08.2024

The Ruy Lopez Opening is one of the oldest openings in chess history. Together with the Italian, it is among the most used weapons against 1…e5. Also referred to as the Spanish Opening, we reach it after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5.

Prasanna Kumar
07.01.2024
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Prasanna Kumar
07.01.2024

Gambits are an essential part of the opening stage of the game. The Evans Gambit is an exciting gambit that teaches you many things about dynamism and non-materialism. In chess, the activity of pieces is supreme and by playing openings like the Evans Gambit we learn a lot about the game. Ready to learn about […]

WGM Raluca Sgircea, IM Renier Castellanos
06.21.2024

The Sicilian is one of the most popular replies for Black to 1.e4 and creating a good repertoire against it is an important step in a player’s development. At a high level, the Open Sicilian (2.Nf3 followed by 3.d4) is often employed and this is probably the reason why a lot of improving players decide […]

Prasanna Kumar
06.14.2024
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Prasanna Kumar
06.14.2024

The opening stage of the game is the easiest phase of the game. Pieces are all in their pre-defined positions and we know what each piece should do in our opening of choice. However, we often get out of ‘book’ and have to rely on our knowledge. This is the tricky part as we cannot […]

Prasanna Kumar
06.10.2024
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Prasanna Kumar
06.10.2024

The King’s Gambit, an opening of the romantics in the 19th Century. Players know it for the wild sacrifices and decisive attacks on the enemy King. This strategy is easy to understand because Checkmate ends the game. From a strategic point of view, we get the most out of the game when we pressure our […]

WGM Raluca Sgircea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.24.2024

Let’s take a look at my selection of 10 Best Opening Wins of All Time… Chess miniatures are always fun to go over and analyze. They are usually possible only because one side makes a big mistake in the opening, allowing the opponent to take over the initiative. Nevertheless, they promise to be very entertaining […]

IM Zaur Tekeyev
05.20.2024
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
05.20.2024

London System is one of the easiest openings to learn and one of the hardest openings to face. It makes it popular among beginners as well as among strong players and top grandmasters. It is based on a simple scheme of development that can be used against any Black setup. This is why it is […]

Prasanna Kumar
05.16.2024
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Prasanna Kumar
05.16.2024

Chess players are always looking for favorable, easy-to-understand, and easy-to-play openings. But in the openings like 1.e4 there are so many different structures that it is not easy to choose such a system. In the midst of this, we have the Sicilian Defense which you can categorize as a separate opening by itself. A typical […]

Prasanna Kumar
05.10.2024
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Prasanna Kumar
05.10.2024

For amateur players, the study of openings should not take up most of their time. Other topics like strategy, tactical vision, and practical decision-making have a far greater impact on the game than memorizing opening moves. But you cannot fully remove the study of openings as well. In such cases, you can play openings like […]

Prasanna Kumar
05.03.2024
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Prasanna Kumar
05.03.2024

Kings Indian Defense (KID) is an opening for the fighter. It’s for the player with a never-give-up attitude who will fight for the full point from move 1. The greatest chess players of all time have graced this opening and have contributed immensely to its development. This is an opening that you will never get […]