3 Basic Principles of the Opening Development

3Princ-0Development is the process of bringing pieces into the game from their initial positions. It is very important to develop the pieces quickly. A player who gets development advantage may start a quick attack using his numerical superiority of developed units.

Bring Your Pieces into Play

Planning the middle game too early and making premature attacks without sufficient preparation is a common mistake of young players.

Remember: first of all bring all of your pieces into the game and only after that start planning the middle game.

Insure the King

There are many different positions and it’s hard to give a solution for all opening development strategies, but it is definitely good to castle as soon as possible. The king in the center destroys the connection between the flanks, limits our possibility to use central files, and creates a risk of an attack by an opponent’s who has already castled. So don’t underestimate importance of insuring your King.

Control the Center

3Princ-2The center is the heart of the board. It is a strategically important area from which we are close to all other parts of the board. In the opening, players start fighting for the center with pawns. Therefore, it is important to keep the flexibility in our central pawn structure as we’ll be advancing it if necessary. After exchanging some central pawns, players start to fight for the center with pieces. Pieces are usually extremely active in the middle of the board. For example knight a1 controls only two squares while from any central position it controls eight!

So, remember: Control the center and you control the board.

7 comments on “3 Basic Principles of the Opening Development

  1. Montgomery Webster says:

    Great article!
    I was looking for something like this to send to beginner players who are taking their first steps to improve their chess game.

    Here’s a short phrase to remember everything: (CDK) – Control the center, develop your pieces, and secure the king.

  2. What 4 openings do you advise beginer to learn ? That’s 2 as White d4 & e4 and 2 as Black to counter these, please.
    I find I seem to do better with an uncluttered board, giving easier movement for my attacking pieces. On chess.com my rating is around 1600, give or take about 70 points. As I don’t know my openings, luck decides whether I do well or get my self in knots ! Just play “off plan” not prepland strategy. Lastly, I’m retired, so should know better, however, watch a lot on Youtube, but tend to forget fairly quickly what I think I’ve learnt ! So just plod along.

    1. ichess says:

      The most important thing in the opening, is to understand the basic principles, and to play with a plan. It’s very difficult to recommend one opening or another because it depends on many factors, like style, time to study…

  3. Randallvan says:

    What can you say with this sir? I use stonewall attack every time I play white and Sicilian defense every time I play black. I am mastering both openings, before I go deeper with please give me an advice to continue or to stop. Thanks.

    1. ichessnet says:

      Sicilian Defense is a very sound opening, so if you’re an ambitious player you should go on. Stonewall attack is a system, it can be useful, but you should have more weapons in your chess repertoire with white pieces.

  4. Shantanu says:

    Hello Sir i am having problem with my opening which defense is the best opening ?

    1. ichessnet says:

      It’s very difficult to answer to this question. There’s no the best opening. You must look for yourself what is the opening adapted to your style and chess ambitions

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7 comments on “3 Basic Principles of the Opening Development

  1. Montgomery Webster says:

    Great article!
    I was looking for something like this to send to beginner players who are taking their first steps to improve their chess game.

    Here’s a short phrase to remember everything: (CDK) – Control the center, develop your pieces, and secure the king.

  2. What 4 openings do you advise beginer to learn ? That’s 2 as White d4 & e4 and 2 as Black to counter these, please.
    I find I seem to do better with an uncluttered board, giving easier movement for my attacking pieces. On chess.com my rating is around 1600, give or take about 70 points. As I don’t know my openings, luck decides whether I do well or get my self in knots ! Just play “off plan” not prepland strategy. Lastly, I’m retired, so should know better, however, watch a lot on Youtube, but tend to forget fairly quickly what I think I’ve learnt ! So just plod along.

    1. ichess says:

      The most important thing in the opening, is to understand the basic principles, and to play with a plan. It’s very difficult to recommend one opening or another because it depends on many factors, like style, time to study…

  3. Randallvan says:

    What can you say with this sir? I use stonewall attack every time I play white and Sicilian defense every time I play black. I am mastering both openings, before I go deeper with please give me an advice to continue or to stop. Thanks.

    1. ichessnet says:

      Sicilian Defense is a very sound opening, so if you’re an ambitious player you should go on. Stonewall attack is a system, it can be useful, but you should have more weapons in your chess repertoire with white pieces.

  4. Shantanu says:

    Hello Sir i am having problem with my opening which defense is the best opening ?

    1. ichessnet says:

      It’s very difficult to answer to this question. There’s no the best opening. You must look for yourself what is the opening adapted to your style and chess ambitions

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