The purpose of an Opening System is to turn seemingly random Opening moves into a more methodical and coordinated sequence, to efficiently develop both Pawns and Pieces, without violating the key principle of Time.
The current crop of versatile, fluid Opening Systems include:
White Opening Systems
- Reti System;
- London System;
- Stonewall Attack;
- King's Indian Attack (KIA);
Black Opening Systems
- King's Indian Defence (KID);
- Grunfeld Defence;
- Tarrasch Defence;
- Hedgehog System / Defence;
While most games appear to transition through three roughly defined phases of play in neat order:
... some games are cut short by a sudden Checkmate, which occurs in the Opening phase.
- Opening phase,
- Middlegame phase,
- Endgame phase,
This guide looks at examples of Checkmate Openings, from well known Openings, such as the Ruy Lopez and Caro-Kann Defence, respectively. There's examples of Opening wins for White and wins for Black.
But, these aren't 'shortcuts to victory'. They're presented to focus your mind on the mistakes made by the losing side.
This Chess Openings Terminology guide contains any additional terminology to do with Chess Openings, that hasn't already been covered in the previous Chess Openings guides.
Current entries include:
- Acronyms for the Pawns and Pieces;
- Named Chess Openings;
- Opening v. Defence Moves;