Opening Up the Board with Open Chess Games

Part of the Chess Openings For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In chess, open games are defined by the moves 1.e4 e5. Many of these chess matches feature open files, ranks, or diagonals that facilitate piece movement. People who enjoy attacking early and often are typically drawn to open games.

Opening Name Opening Moves
Alapin’s Opening 1.e4 e5 2.Ne2
Bishop’s Opening 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4
Damiano Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6
Danish Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4
Evans Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4
Elephant Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3
Falkbeer Counter-Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5
Four Knights Game 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6
Giuoco Piano 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5
Göring Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3
Greco Counter Gambit (or Latvian Gambit) 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5
Hungarian Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7
King’s Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.f4
Petroff Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6
Philidor Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6
Queen’s Pawn Counter-Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5
Ruy López 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5
Scandinavian Defense (or Center Counter Defense) 1.e4 d5
Scotch Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4
Scotch Game 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4
Three Knights Game 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Bb4
Two Knights Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6
Vienna Game 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3
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