Ideas For Your Chess Opening

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Alekhine Defence

1.e4, Nf7;

alekhine defence start

Benko (or Volga) Gambit

1.d4,Nf6; 2.c4, c5; 3.d5, b5;

banko gambit start


1.d4, Nf6; 2.c4, c5; 3.d5, g6;

benoni start

Black Knights Tango

1.d4, Nf6; 2.c4, Nc6;

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black knights tango start

Bogo-Indian Defence

1.d4, Nf6; 2.c4, e6; 3.Nf3, Bb4+;

bogo indian start

Budapest Gambit

1.d4, Nf6; 2.c4, e5;

budapes gambit start

Caro Kann Defence


caro kann start

Chigorin Defence

1.d4, d5; 2.c4, Nc6;

chigorin defence start

Dutch Defence

1.d4, f5;

dutch defence start

English Opening


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French Defence

1.e4, e6;

french defence start

Four Knights Game

1.e4, e5; 2.Nf3, Nc6; 3.Nc3,

four knights game start

Grünfeld Defence

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

grünfeld defence start

Italian Game

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

italian game start

King's Gambit

1.e4, e5; 2.f4,

kings gambit start

King's Indian Defence

1.d4, Nf6; 2.c4, g6;

kings indian defence start

Nimzo-Indian Defence

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

nimzo indian defence start

Old Indian Defence

1.d4, Nf6; 2.c4, d6;

old indian defence start

Petroff (or Russian) Defence

1.e4, e5; 2.Nf3, Nf6;

petroff defence start

Pirc Defence

1.e4, d6; 2. d4, Nf6;

pirc defence start

Réti Opening


reti opeing start

Ruy Lopez

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

ruy lopez start

Scandinavian Defence

1.e4, d5;

scandinacian defence start

Scotch Opening

1.e4,e5; 2.Nf3, Nc6; 3.d4

scotch opening start

Sicilian Defence

1.e4, c5;

sicilian defence start

Semi Slav Defence

1.d4, d5; 2.c4, c6; 3.Nf3, Nf6; 4. Nc3, e6;

semi slav start

Slav Defence

1.d4, d5; 2.c4, c6;

slav defence start

Queen's Gambit Accepted

1.d4, d5; 2.c4, dxc4;

queens gambit accepted start

Queen's Gambit Declined

1.d4, d5; 2.c4, e6;

queens gambit declined start

Queen's Indian Defence

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

queens indian defence start

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