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Best Chess Openings – How to Learn and Win!

FlyIntoBooks.com has done it again! Here is the master list for you to learn the best chess openings out there at the moment! This list will not only explain move by move what you should do, but also display pictures in each important position in order for you to improve your memory of each chess opening.

The point is that pictures will help your visual memory, and help you to learn each important position in each opening. There is no point memorising every single move in the opening. That’s too much work for little to gain. Plus your opponent will probably play a move outside the opening theory very early and then you have to rely on your middle game tactics instead!

Pictures in each important position will help you in your games to remember the key ideas and key plans that you want to accomplish. This will help your game overall because it allows you to explore the strategic ideas behind the openings within each opening under your own ways.

After each game, then analyse your game and look again here at the opening theory and you begin to discover more and more important ideas for you to implement in your own game.

So, here is the master list of chess openings – the best chess openings for you to learn!

Please click each heading and it will take you to the main page for each opening! (These will be updated gradually over time)

A. The Main White Openings:

1. The Italian Game:

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Moves: 
1. e4, e5; 2. Nf3, Nc6; 3. Bc4

Best Chess Openings - The Italian Game (FlyIntoBooks.com)
The Italian Game
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

2. The Ruy-Lopez

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Moves: 
1. e4, e5; 2. Nf3, Nc6; 3. Bb5

Ruy-Lopez (FlyIntoBooks.com)

3. The London System

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Moves: 
1. D4, D5; 2. Nf3, Nf6; 3. Bf4

Best Chess Openings - The London System (FlyIntoBooks.com)
The London System
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

4. Four Knights

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Moves: 
1. e4, e5; 2. Nf3, Nc6; 3. Nc3, Nf6

Four Knights Opening (FlyIntoBooks.com)
Four Knights Game
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5. The English Opening

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Moves: 
1. E4

Best Chess Openings - The English Opening (FlyIntoBooks.com)
The English Opening
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

6. Queen’s Gambit

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Moves: 
1. d4, d5; 2. c4

The Queen's Gambit (FlyIntoBooks.com)
The Queen’s Gambit
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

7. The King’s Gambit

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Moves: 
1. e4, e5; 2. f4

Best Chess Openings - The King's Gambit (FlyIntoBooks.com)
The King’s Gambit
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

8. Reti Opening

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Moves: 
1. Nf3, d5; 2. c4

The Reti Opening (FlyIntoBooks.com)
The Reti Opening
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

9. King’s Indian Attack

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Moves: 
1. Kf3, d5; 2. g3

Best Chess Openings - The King's Indian Attack (FlyIntoBooks.com)
The King’s Indian Attack
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

B. The Main Black Openings:

1. The French Defense:

Moves: 
1. e4, e6
2. d4, d5

French Defense (FlyIntoBooks.com)
The French Defense
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

2. The Sicilian Defense:

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Moves: 
1. e4, c5

Sicilian Defense (FlyIntoBooks.com)
The Sicilian Defense
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

3. The Scandinanian Defense:

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Moves: 
1. e4, d5

Best Chess Openings - Scandinavian Defense (FlyIntoBooks.com)
The Scandinavian Defense
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

4. The Caro-Kann:

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Moves: 
1. e4, c6

Caro-Kann Defense (FlyIntoBooks.com)
Caro-Kann Defense
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

5. The Pirc Defense:

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Moves: 
1. e4, d6; 2. d4, Nf6; Nc3

Best Chess Openings - Pirc Defense (FlyIntoBooks.com)
The Pirc Defense
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

6. The Slav Defense:

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Moves: 
1. d4, d5; 2. c4, c6

Slav Defense (FlyIntoBooks.com)
The Slav Defense
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

7. Indian Defenses:

Moves: 
1. d4, Nf6

Best Chess Openings - Indian Defenses (FlyIntoBooks.com)
The Indian Defenses
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

7a: King’s Indian Defense:

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Moves: 
1. d4, Nf6; 2. c4, g6

King's Indian Defense (FlyIntoBooks.com)
King’s Indian Defense
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

7b: Nimzo-Indian Defense:

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Moves: 
1. d4, Nf6; 2. c4, e6; 3. Nc3, Bb4

Best Chess Openings - Nimzo-Indian Defense (FlyIntoBooks.com)
Nimzo-Indian Defense
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

7c: Queen’s Indian Defense:

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Moves: 
1. d4, Nf6; 2. c4, e6; 3. Nf3, b6

Queen's Indian Defense (FlyIntoBooks.com)
Queen’s Indian Defense
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

7d: Grunfield Defense:

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Moves: 
1. d4, Nf6; 2. c4, g6; 3. Nc3, d5

Best Chess Openings - Grunfield Defense (FlyIntoBooks.com)
Grunfield Defense
(FlyIntoBooks.com)

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A novelist for Young Adults and Children. I am an extremely avid reader of science fiction and Korean literature, and love talking about books. I have worked and lived in Seoul, South Korea for over 5 years. I have TOPIK level 5 and enjoy reading Korean novels in Korean as well.

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