Today I’m going to be showing you my personal favorite chess openings. There are so many different possible openings, but I’m going to show you which ones I find to be the most effective, and why. I’ll also be showing you the best ways to counter these openings.
Most openings start with e4 or d4, but there’s also some unique ones.
The Grob’s Attack
The opening begins with white’s move to g4. The ultimate goal here is to fianchetto your light square bishop (in this case, bishop moves to g2).
Black moves pawn to d5. This does two things. One, it blocks the path of white’s bishop if it was to be on g2. If bishop takes pawn, the queen would take bishop. Two, this allows black’s light square bishop to capture white’s g4 pawn.
At this point, for white, there are a few options you can do (pawn h3 to protect g4 or bishop g2). We’re going to continue with bishop g2.
The standard move now is for black’s light square bishop to take pawn g4. However, once this is done, it leaves black’s b7 pawn unprotected (and ultimately the queen’s side rook). To get rid of the pesky d5 pawn blocking your path, we will be countering it with pawn c4.
Black’s pawn then captures the white pawn on c4 (or moves forward a square).
At this point, black’s queen side rook is now defenseless, and the only logical move is for black to move it’s knight out of the way so the queen can take the bishop after it captures the rook. This is a very good trade for white because a rook is much more valuable than a bishop. White also has the opportunity to move queen to a4 for check, and take black’s pawn on c4. This sets up white for a nice smooth game with an early material lead advantage.
There are many different ways to counter the Grob attack that I didn’t show, but they’re pretty self explanatory: protect the rook that the bishop is attacking. Even if the rook is countered, however, white’s bishop is still in a great position after the fianchetto.
King’s pawn is when the pawn above the king is moved to e4. It is generally mirrored, meaning that black would move its pawn to e5. Once these moves are played, there are many variations that you can do! My personal favorite is to follow up with the pawn above the queen to d4 (usually leads to a “Center game“). This sets up great control towards the center, is protected by your queen, and sets up a great strategy for pawn defense.
Queen’s Gambit consists of d4, d5, then c4. At this point, black has the option to move into the Queen’s Gambit accepted (black pawn captures white pawn on c4) or Queen’s Gambit declined (other moves are played. There’s so many variations!
Chess is a game of infinite possibilities, and this includes openings. After only four moves into the game, there are over 288 billion positions that are possible. It’s truly an amazing game, and learning chess openings will help you further your chess knowledge and skill.
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