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What opening should you play?

In total, there are over 1,000 possible openings and variations in chess, all varying degrees in terms of positional theory, tactical opportunities, and aggressiveness. With so many openings to choose from, which one is the best?



The answer is that there is no single best opening; instead, you have to choose which one best suits your skill level, playing style, and overall preference. In one lesson with our advanced students, we went over different openings for white and black. At the end, our students had an idea of which openings they preferred and which ones they would want to study more in depth.


To access the presentation with openings recommended by our instructors, you can click here. The openings we included consist of some of the most popular openings played by both colors, and each include some popular variations as well. Once you've chosen an opening that interests you or one that best suits your playing style, study it more and memorize different lines!


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