What are some chess openings for beginners?


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Some chess openings for beginners are the Ruy Lopez, the Italian Game and the Sicilian Defense. While there are a myriad of chess strategies, these openings are some of the most common.

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The Ruy Lopez opening, also referred to as the Spanish Game, is named after a Spanish priest who studied the opening in 1951. One of the most popular openings at all levels, this opening has been widely studied and provides multiple strategies to both players. The Ruy Lopez is completed in the following sequence of three moves: e4 e5, Nf3 Nc6 and Bb5.

The Italian Game was developed in the 1600s and is possibly the oldest opening game. It remained popular throughout the 19th century, but players often choose the Ruy Lopez over this opening due to the perceived advantage that the White player gains on the third move. This opening is achieved with the following sequence of three moves: e4 e5, Nf3 Nc6 and Bc4.

The Sicilian Defense is accomplished by an opening first move of c5 and is a popular defensive response to an opening move of e4. With this move, the player fights for control of the center of the board but avoids symmetry of e5.

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