Basic Ideas In The Opening.

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See How to Master a New Opening This first group of 7 basic opening principles are the most important to learn first If you violate any of these, your opponent will swiftly deal with you! 1. Don't move your Queen too soon in the opening 2. Castle early in order to protect your King. 3. Develop your Rooks to central or open files. 4. Look to develop an attack after you have fully mobilized your pieces. 5. Capture towards the center. 6. Open the game with a center pawn. 7. Develop your Knights before your Bishops. 1.Get all your pieces out as quickly as possible, & pawns are not pieces. 2.Get castled as quickly as possible, preferably on the kings side. 3.Bring your pieces toward the center where they can easily and quickly move to any critical area of the board. 4.Try not to move the same piece twice during the first ten moves of the game. 5.Move each piece to it's best square and leave it there. 6.Don't move a piece twice in the opening before you have developed all your pieces. 7.Develop knights before bishops. 8.Try to make only two pawn moves in the opening. These should be aimed at controlling the center and allowing you to develop your bishops. 9.Don't move your queen out too early in the opening developing stage of your other pieces. 10.Open with either a e-pawn or a d-pawn. 11.Whenever possible make a good developing move that threatens something or adds to the pressure on the center. 12 Play to get control of the center. 13.Always try to maintain at least one pawn in the center. 14.A pawn move should be an aid to your development, not just a move in itself. 15.Exchange with resulting gain of tempo. 16.The pawn center must be mobile. 17.Fight for control of the center. 18.Create conditions that permit an early castling. 19.Fight for the formation of an advantageous pawn structure. 20.Do not sacrifice without a clear and adequate reason. 21.Sacrifice to secure a tangible advantage in development. 22.Sacrifice to deflect the opponent's queen. 23.Sacrifice to upset the opponent's king. 23.Sacrifice to enable a strong attack for development. 24.Develop minor pieces so that they influence the center. 25.Try to get an advantage of space and weaken your opponents pawn position with your pawns. 26.Do not obstruct your pawns by grouping your pieces directly in front of them. 27.If you have white, exploit the advantage of having the first move and try to gain the initiative. 28.If you have black, try to organize counter play. 29.Your only task in the opening is to reach a playable middle game. 30.On each new move put a new piece into play, this is known as development. 31.Move first the piece whose moves are most limited. 32.Try to control a line in the center of the board. 33.Try to control a square in that line. 34.Move only those pawns which you must move to develop your pieces properly. 35.Get your pieces out into the center quickly. The opening is a race to see who can get their pieces out first while keeping at least a share of control of the center. This is the main point to remember, all the other rules are just foot notes to this one. See Progressive Training Openings