The Réti Opening: How to Play It as White and Black

The Réti Opening after the moves 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4.

TL;DR — The Réti Opening  The Réti Opening is one of the most versatile and flexible chess openings out there. Played by intermediate players and up to the highest level, this opening sets up a strategic and serious fight of a chess game.  It is a hypermodern, flank opening. By holding back their central pawns […]

The Ruy Lopez Opening: How to Play It as White and Black

Ruy Lopez Opening

Introduction to the Ruy Lopez The Ruy Lopez, also known as the Spanish Game, is one of oldest documented openings in chess – and amazingly, still one of the most popular and powerful to this day. Dating back to at least the late 1400s, the seemingly endless supply of rich, interesting positions have made the […]

The Ultimate English Opening (1.c4) Guide

The English Opening first move, 1.c4

Choosing the right chess opening to learn can be a taxing process. Some are fun but too dubious, others are solid but lack excitement, and worst of all, there are those that are frustratingly dependent on your opponent playing into your preparation. But what if I told you there was another way: a highly respected […]

The 10 Best Chess Openings for Black

Top 10 openings for Black

Chess players have been debating the best openings (for Black and White) for years. If you ask five different players what the best opening for Black is, you could easily come away with five different answers. The fact is, deciding what the best opening for Black is depends on several different factors, including what kind […]

How to Play Bird’s Opening

How to play Bird's Opening

If you spend enough time reading chess articles, tuning into chess streams, or attempting to study with a chess book (hint: it’s easier with Chessable), it won’t be long until you are sagely advised: “Never play a chess opening named after an animal.” See also: “Don’t move your f-pawn too soon”. And maybe you take […]

10 Chess Openings for Beginners

French Defense

As a chess player, you have to know your openings. Not only is it possible to lose a game in less than 10 moves (think of Scholar’s Mate), but the moves you make in the opening set the course for the rest of the game. You don’t want to enter the middlegame hobbled with some […]

The Ultimate Guide to the King’s Pawn Opening

1e4

1.e4 is “best by test” – those were the words of Bobby Fischer, one of the greatest chess players of all time. And he was not alone in his assessment. Many of the greatest players in history have preferred to start their chess games by moving their king’s pawn two spaces forward: Mikhail Tal, Viswanathan […]

The Modern Scheveningen Sicilian

Alex Colovic's Modern Scheveningen

When Garry Kasparov was fighting his way up the ranking ladder to become the greatest chess player in the world, he did so with a trusted weapon against 1.e4: the Scheveningen Sicilian. A favorite opening of his youth, Kasparov scored point after point with the Scheveningen, and even an early book he wrote on the […]

How to Learn a Chess Opening Properly

Minority Attack

Studying chess is certainly time-consuming. In addition to studying strategic concepts and practicing your tactical skills, there are some positions and sequences that you simply have to memorize, such as certain checkmate patterns and endgame techniques. But nowhere is this more relevant than the opening. Why memorize openings? Well, I am not advocating for wrote […]

Lifetime Repertoires: Nimzo/Semi-Tarrasch

This week sees the release of Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly’s Lifetime Repertoires: Nimzo/Semi-Tarrasch- Part 1 Chessable course. Part 1 covers the Nimzo-Indian Defense and most of the 1.d4 deviations, such as the London System and the Trompowsky Attack. The second part of the course will examine the Semi-Tarrasch Defense and wrap up the remainder of the 1.d4 systems, […]

We Need To Talk About Short Draws

Look; we need to talk about short draws. Recent elite chess tournaments are witnessing a rise in games either similar – or identical – to these examples. The games will be familiar to anyone following the action over at chess24.com. Final Position Final Position Why Play for Short Draws? What exactly is going on here? […]