Opening Theory 101

When we learn any given thing, we have to start at the beginning. In reading, it's A-B-C. In math, it's 1-2-3. In singing, it's Do - Ra - Mi. And before we launch into a showtune, well, you get the picture.

Chess is no different. We have to start at the beginning.

There are 4 points to ponder for our opening moves. They are:

Center. The player who controls the center of the board has the advantage.

Development. Developing a plan of attack; getting your pieces working instead of sitting on your first rank.This needs to be done as quickly as possible.

Coordination. Your pieces need to be working together.

Mobility. Your pieces need to be able to move. If they are stuck on a few squares of the playing board, they're not doing much for you. They need to be able to move to where they can help you win the game.


  • 4 years ago


    Thanks, Bobbit! Something to stew on, for sure!

  • 4 years ago


    Let's start at the very beginning
    A very good place to start
    When you read you begin with A-B-C
    When you sing you begin with do-re-mi

    Do-re-mi, do-re-mi
    The first three notes just happen to be
    Do-re-mi, do-re-mi

    Let's see if I can make it easy

    Doe, a deer, a female deer
    Ray, a drop of golden sun
    Me, a name I call myself
    Far, a long, long way to run
    Sew, a needle pulling thread
    La, a note to follow Sew
    Tea, a drink with jam and bread
    That will bring us back to Do (oh-oh-oh)

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