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, donít leave the King in the middle (it will get attacked)
  • Queens should usually only come out a square or two (avoid early Queen forays, thatís a good way to lose your Queen). Avoid the temptation to go for Scholarís Mate.
  • Donít chase pawns until youíre fully developed.
  • Donít move the same piece twice until youíre 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:

  • Donít move the Rook to its ďRook-three squareĒ (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 "fí pawn (Kingside)
  • Watch out for the queenside Knight-Bishop attack against the "cí pawn (squares c7 or c2).

Other similar artices include:

  • Chess middlegame mistakes
  • Chess endgame mistakes

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