List of chess openings

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Chess openings are listed and classified according to their first few moves. There are interesting statistics on the frequency of chess openings from chess databases.

StatisticsEdit

1800–1900 1901–1935 Modern
e4–e5 (64%) e4–e5 (31%) e4–e5 (15%)
e4 other (23%) e4 other (20%) e4 other (35%)
d4–d5 (10%) d4–d5 (28%) d4–d5 (15%)
d4 other d4 other (16%) d4 other (23%)
other (5%) other (12%)

The table shows how common each opening was for each era. It shows movement away from symmetrical defences and an increase in asymmetrical defences. In reply to 1.e4, the Sicilian and French Defence, and to 1.d4 the Indian Defence become more common. It also shows an increased use of the English Opening for White.[1]

King's Pawn openingsEdit

KP opening: 1.e4 e5
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8
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8
77
66
55
44
33
22
11
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1...e5 repliesEdit

Asymmetric repliesEdit

Queen's Pawn openingsEdit

1...d5 repliesEdit

Asymmetric repliesEdit

Other opening movesEdit

SourcesEdit

Sources for beginnersEdit

There are few opening book for beginners. Some degree of understanding is needed before the details of an opening can be grasped. The endgame and middlegame should be studied before opening theory. The following books show complete games with elementary explanations of the moves:

  • Chernev, Irving 1998. Logical chess: move by move. London:Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-8464-0
  • Chandler, Murray 2004. Chess for children. London:Gambit. ISBN 978-1904600060
  • King, Daniel 2000. Chess: from first moves to checkmate. London:Kingfisher. Illustrated, 64 pages. ISBN 0-7534-0447-8
  • Pritchard, David Brine 2008. The right way to play chess. 8th ed, Right Way. ISBN 978-0716021995
  • Wolff, Patrick 2005. The complete idiot’s guide to chess. 3rd ed, New York:Alpha. ISBN 0-02-861736-3

Other sourcesEdit

None of these are suitable for beginners, but might be used by chess teachers and players of intermediate strength. Tip for teachers: always check the book's reviews.[2]

  • John Watson. Mastering the Chess Openings, Gambit Publications. Four volumes by a leading American author and chess coach.
  • Openings reference works:
    • Nick deFirmian et al. 2008. Modern chess openings, 15th ed, Random House N.Y. ISBN 0-8129-3682-5 (these two versions are almost identical)
    • John Nunn et al. 1999. Nunn's chess openings. Everyman, London. ISBN 1-85744-221-0

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Watson, John 1998. Secrets of modern chess strategy. Gambit, London. Part 2: New ideas and the modern revolution. p93
  2. "John Watson's review columns". Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2010-05-24.