“When you see a good move, wait – look for a better one.” – Emanuel Lasker, 2nd World Chess Champion
The chess openings contain the first moves, when both sides endeavor to develop their forces into the sphere of action where they will exercise the greatest power against the opponent´s defenses.
The middlegame is the developed phase of the game and then comes the endgame, when most of the pieces are gone and kings start to take an active part in the struggle.
There are dozens of different chess openings, varying widely in character from quiet positional play to very aggressive. In some opening lines, the exact sequence considered best for both sides has been worked out to 30–35 moves or more. Professional players spend years studying openings, and continue doing so throughout their careers, as opening theory continues to evolve
For most chess openings, the fundamental chess strategic aims are similar:
Apart from these fundamentals of chess openings, other strategic plans or tactical sequences may be employed in the openings.
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