Learn the Vienna Game (Vienna Gambit)

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A key attribute of a strong chess player is having a diverse opening repertoire. For players looking to surprise their opponents, the Vienna Game stands out as a captivating and dynamic choice, as it offers White an opportunity to unleash aggressive attacks and seize control of the board from the outset. Unlike the well-trodden paths … Read more

Learn the Queen’s Gambit

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The Queen’s Gambit is one of the oldest and most popular chess openings, dating back to the late 15th century. It is a sound and positional opening that is suitable for players of all levels, from beginners to grandmasters. Perhaps its popularity was amplified by the famous miniseries The Queen’s Gambit, which introduced many people … Read more

Beat the London System

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The London System is one of the most prevalent openings in chess. In my article about the London System, I discussed how its simple and systematic nature make it a particularly attractive choice for beginners and intermediate players. This popularity means that if you’re playing with the Black pieces, it’s very likely that you will … Read more

Learn the Italian Game

When I first got into chess, I was told to always start with 1. e4 and then develop my knight and bishop. I’m pretty sure this is also the case for pretty much every chess newbie. The classic chess opening that typically starts with these moves is called the Italian Game. In my opinion, it … Read more

Learn the London System

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In order to start climbing up the Elo ranks in the chess world, you should definitely have a few chess openings in your repertoire. As a beginner or early intermediate, knowing only a few openings will do the job. One of the most prevalent openings to study early on in your chess journey is the London … Read more