Opening Strategies

There are many different openings in chess. But some of the general principles are:

General Opening Principles

Some opening strategies for each type of piece include:

  • Develop Knights and Bishops First
  • Keep the Rooks at Home (the rooks go out to player later in the game)
  • Keep the Queen at Home (the Queen is often attacked and lost if she goes out too early).
  • Develop the Queen One Square Only (a good way to keep her at home in the early moves).
  • Bring the Rooks to the Center Files

King Strategies for the Opening

Strategies related to King safety are particularly special:

Types of Openings

Different types of opening structures include: