10 Openings Every Chess Player Must Memorise

Learning these common openings will keep you on top of your chess game!


Chess has been one of the most popular strategy board games for over a millennium. Since 1873, international championships have been held worldwide, with chess becoming classified as a sport. Despite the global popularity of the game, breaking into the top level of chess is no easy feat.

There are currently over 1700 people who have become chess grandmaster since the title became available in 1950. While these players are the best of the best, there are still numerous people aiming to achieve their own success within the game. To become good at chess, however, you must be able to play a strong opening, avoiding classic traps that players having been setting for centuries.

While there are hundreds of different chess openings out there, there are some which offer much greater success to players, giving more advantageous positions and allowing for greater exchanges. Whether it be to use them in catching your opponent off guard or to avoid falling into catastrophic and embarrassing traps, these are ten openings you should memorise to get a good footing in the game of chess.

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