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Popular chess openings

A game of chess… always a good way to entertain yourself or to simply practice your intellect. Since the lockdown in March, and an urgent need for time spending while being at home, as well as the breakthrough of the TV show “Queen’s Gambit”, this game, gain huge popularity during 2020.

2020 popularization

As being an ancient game, a game of chess is been popular in any era. Especially in the 20th century with the appearance of some famous players such as Capablanca, Spassky, Kasparov, Fischer… this game was at its peak. With huge discoveries in terms of informational technology, chess was a little bit forgotten, but with all the circumstances that happened in 2020, this game had its blooming again.

Why is that so?

Because of the lockdown, people were forced to find a way to spend their time at home. A good way of doing this is playing some board game like chess. But, the thing that influenced the huge jump in terms of popularity in 2020, was the appearance of the TV show “Queen’s Gambit”. With the appearance of this show, a rise of 72% in searches of the term “chess” has been noted. So, with its popularity growing up, if you want to play competitive, you should learn some of the most popular and useful openings.

  • Ruy Lopez (starting moves: 1. e4, e5; 2. Nf3, Nc6; and 3. Bb5.),
  • Italian game (starting moves: 1. e4, e5; 2. Nf3, Nc6; and 3. Bc4.),
  • Sicilian defense (starting moves: 1. e4, c5),
  • French defense (starting moves: 1. e4, e6 2. d4, d5),
  • Caro-Kann defense (starting moves: (1. e4, c6).

How to learn and discover new chess openings?

First of all, you can practice some of the previously mentioned. You can type their names in a Google search and find some more variations for those. Also, you should be careful with which pieces you are playing, because it is not the same opening for black as it is for the white, even though it has the very same name. You can find some more popular chess openings here.