A fun lovers Guide to the Major Chess Openings

Find chess openings that are right for your personality, goals and interests and chess improvement needs generally

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A fun lovers Guide to the Major Chess Openings


A Guide to the Major Openings of Chess

This course provides an instructive tour and overview of the major named openings of Chess. It also provides where appropriate value-added insights from FIDE CM Kingscrusher for the potential plans and ups and downs of each opening. It also creates a 3 tier framework for these openings and in particular separates out entertainment value, chess improvement value tactically, positional improvement value.

The major named openings of Chess that this course goes over with example games include:

Alapin's Opening

Amar Opening aka Ammonia Opening

Albin Counter-Gambit

Anderssen's Opening

Alekhine's Defence

Balogh Defence

Baltic Defence aka Grau Defense aka Sahovic Defense

Barnes Opening

Benko Gambit

Benko's Opening aka King's Fianchetto Opening, Hungarian Opening, Barca, Bilek

Benoni Defence

Bird's Opening

Bishop's Opening

Bogo-Indian Defence

Budapest Gambit

Caro-Kann Defence

Catalan Opening

Center Game

Clementz Opening

Colle System

Ware Opening aka Meadow Hay aka Corn Stalk Defence

Danish Gambit

Desperez Opening

Dunst aka Reverse Tango, Baltic, Van Geet, Romanian, Queen's Knight Attack

Dutch Defence

Elephant Gambit

English Opening

Evan's Gambit

Four Knight's Game

French Defence

Giuoco Piano

Grob's Attack

Grünfeld Defence aka Gruenfeld defence

Hippopotamus Defence

Italian Game

King's Gambit

King's Indian Attack

King's Indian Defence

King's Indian Defence - notes

King's Pawn Game

King's Pawn Game - notes

Larsen's Opening aka Nimzo-Larsen Attack aka Queen's Fianchetto Opening

Latvian Gambit

London System

Mieses Opening

Modern Defence

Nimzowitsch Defence aka Tango

Old Indian Defence

Owen's Defence

Nimzo Indian Defence

Petrov Defence

Philidor defence

Pirc Defence

Queen's Gambit

Queen's Indian Defence

Queen's Pawn Game

Réti Opening

Richter-Veresov Attack

Richter-Veresov Attack - notes

Ruy Lopez

Saragossa Opening

Scandinavian Defence aka Center Counter

Scotch Game

Sicilian Defence

Sicilian Defence:

Sicilian Defence: Najdorf Variation: 5...a6

Sicilian Defence: Dragon Variation: 5...g6

Sicilian Defence: Classical Variation: 5...Nc6

Sicilian Defence: Scheveningen Variation: 5...e6

Sicilian Defence: Sveshnikov Variation: 4...Nf6 5.Nc3 e5

Sicilian Defence: Accelerated Dragon: 4...g6

Sicilian Defence: Kalashnikov Variation: 4...e5 5.Nb5 d6

Sicilian Defence: Taimanov Variation

Sicilian Defence: Kan (Paulsen) Variation: 4...a6

Sicilian Defence: Four Knights Variation: 4...Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6

Sicilian Defence: Pin Variation: 4...Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4

Sicilian Defence: Alapin Variation (2.c3)

Sicilian Defence: Smith-Morra Gambit

Slav Defence

Sodium Attack

Sokolsky Opening aka Orang Utan

St George Defence

Stonewall Attack System

Tarrasch Defence

Tennison Gambit

Torre Attack

Two Knight's defence

Van't Kruijs Opening

Vienna Game

Vienna Game: Frankenstein-Dracula Variation

Wade Defence

Ware Opening

Zukertort Opening

It puts these named Openings into various Tiers of importance

It identifies key named variations and key plans for each opening.

It provides example games to illustrate the major themes and ideas of a particular opening or variation

Example games are used dynamically - more to show the importance of key variations within Major Openings and less for less obscure openings. The ups and downsides of an opening can also be demonstrated with pro and con example games.

What You Will Learn!

  • The ability to use guiding rules and principles to play any opening to a good standard and follow art of war philosphy
  • The ability to experience the personality and style of different openings from important instructive examples
  • The ability to get familiarised with the basic plans of many different named openings and variations
  • The ability to see connections and transpositions between openings more easily
  • The ability to experiment more with different openings knowing some of the personality of an opening
  • The ability to be aware of some major traps to facilitate experimentation more with openings
  • The ability to know some of the basic pros and cons of each opening from both sides
  • The ability to use Opening names as a starting point for further investigation and example finding
  • The ability to play or not fall into key Opening traps
  • The ability to recognise key variation names within Major Openings
  • The ability to see an illustrative game on each named Opening or variation that generally tries to weave a positive advert over a negative advert
  • The ability to know what an opening is e.g. the "Caro-Kann", the "Scandinavian"
  • The ability to play some of the funniest named variations in chess and boost your social media through sharing those games!
  • The ability to enjoy your chess much more by finding openings really suitable to you like tailored clothing

Who Should Attend!

  • Beginner to Intermediate chess players curious about Chess Openings



  • Chess






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