Chess Opening Mistakes
Beginners make a variety of mistakes in the openings. Some examples of common mistakes made by juniors include:
- Moving flank pawns rather than central pawns
- Too many pawn moves (develop Knights and Bishops instead)
- Develop Knights and Bishops first, then Castle, then develop, then the Queen, then the Rooks
- Castle early, don’t leave the King in the middle (it will get attacked)
- Queens should usually only come out a square or two (avoid early Queen forays, that’s a good way to lose your Queen). Avoid the temptation to go for Scholar’s Mate.
- Don’t chase pawns until you’re fully developed.
- Don’t move the same piece twice until you’re fully developed (although sometimes you have to)
- Castle to whichever side has the safest pawn structure for your King.
Tactical mistakes in the opening include:
- Don’t move the Rook to its “Rook-three square” (i.e. a3 or h3 for White; a6 or h6 for Black rooks). Why? Because the Bishop will take it!
- Watch for the Knight-Bishop attack against the "f’ pawn (Kingside)
- Watch out for the queenside Knight-Bishop attack against the "c’ pawn (squares c7 or c2).
Other similar artices include:
- Chess middlegame mistakes
- Chess endgame mistakes
Related Chess Openings Topics
Read more about these related chess openings, strategies, chess puzzles, and other chess topics:
- Opening strategies
- Common openings
- Openings for White
- Openings for Black