Opening Strategy

  1. Develop pieces towards the center, to safe and useful squares.
  2. Control the center by occupying it with pawns and attacking it with minor pieces you’re developing.
  3. Protect the king by castling early, usually on the kingside.
  4. Develop pieces with a threat, or in defense of a threat.
  5. Make as few pawn moves as possible, and make pawn moves that further the development of pieces.
  6. Move each piece only once, unless you must do otherwise.
  7. Don’t bring the Queen out early.
  8. Develop minor pieces first – usually knights before bishops.
  9. Connect the rooks and bring them to open files.
  10. The best first move is a centre pawn move.