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Chess Opening Guide - Which Openings Should I Learn?

So the question remains, which openings should you learn? Here's a few recommendations to get you started:

This should give you a good foundation for your own personal Opening Book. Whenever you find yourself "out of book", just stick with basic opening principles and you will be fine.

For the openings you choose to study in greater depth, the internet has a wealth of resources to help you learn the main lines.

We've put together a graphic to visually show the relationship between the openings. Click on it for a better view:


This brings us to the conclusion of the guide. Hopefully you've enjoyed the read and have seen some ideas that spark your interest.

Make sure you choose openings that interest you and that you will enjoy learning - this is the single most important thing! As long as you choose something that isn't completely off beat, you'll be fine. As the American Grandmaster William Lombardy put it, "All openings are perfectly sound below the master level."

Chess Openings - Table of Contents
Open Games - Centre Game - King's Gambit - Bishop's Opening - Vienna Game - King's Knight Opening - Spanish Game (Ruy Lopez) - Italian Game - Scotch Game - Philidor Defense - Petrov Defense
Semi-Open Defenses - Scandinavian Defense - French Defense - Caro-Kann Defense - Sicilian Defense - Alekhine Defense - Modern & Pirc Defense
Closed Games - Queen's Gambit
Indian Defenses - Nimzo-Indian Defense - King's Indian Defense - Queen's Indian Defense
Flank Openings - Reti Opening - English Opening - Bird's Opening