King Pawn Openings

King pawn openings are where both players move their King pawn ("e’ pawn) up two squares, to meet each other. The notation is therefore: e4 e5. They are sometimes called “double king pawn openings” for obvious reasons.

Diagram: King Pawn Openings

There are many, many sub-variations of the King pawn openings, with their own names:

There are also many alternative openings for Black instead of playing “1..e5”:

There are also many alternatives for White instead of playing “1.e4”:

Some of the starting moves to avoid as White include: