1. e4 Openings for White & Black

Here is a collection of some of the most popular openings for White starting with 1.e4, and also some of Black's responses against 1. e4. Typically, 1.e4 is a great choice for attacking chess players that lead to a lot of dynamic play for both sides. The positions tend to get very tactical and one must play with care usually to avoid immediate tactical disadvantages.

  Sicilian Defense: Alapan's Variation

Sicilian Defense: Alapan's Variation

  French Defense

French Defense

  Pirc Defense

Pirc Defense

  Scotch Game

Scotch Game

  Alekhine's Defense

Alekhine's Defense

  Italian Game

Italian Game

  Ruy Lopez (Spanish)

Ruy Lopez (Spanish)

  Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation

Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation

  Caro-Kann Defense

Caro-Kann Defense

  King's Gambit

King's Gambit

  Scandanavian Defense

Scandanavian Defense

  Sicilian Defense

Sicilian Defense

1. d4 Openings for White & Black

Here is a collection of some of the most popular openings for White starting with 1.d4, and also some of Black's responses against 1. d4. Typically, 1.d4 is a great choice for Positional chess players, looking for a very balanced and safe-setup. The positions tend to get very solid with d4 lines, avoiding any immediate tactical breakthroughs, and is usually a lot safer choice for lower rated players.

  Benko Gambit

Benko Gambit

  Grunfeld Defense

Grunfeld Defense

  Modern Benoni Defense

Modern Benoni Defense

  Queen's Indian Defense

Queen's Indian Defense

  Bogo-Indian Defense

Bogo-Indian Defense

  King's Indian Defense

King's Indian Defense

  Nimzo Indian Defense

Nimzo Indian Defense

  Slav Defense

Slav Defense

  Dutch Defense

Dutch Defense

  London System

London System

  Queen's Gambit

Queen's Gambit

  Trompowsky Attack

Trompowsky Attack

1. Other Openings for White & Black

Here is a collection of some other popular openings apart from 1.e4 and 1.d4. Typically, these openings are a great choice for Positional chess players, looking for a very balanced and safe-setup. The positions tend to get very solid, avoiding any immediate tactical breakthroughs, and is usually a lot safer choice for lower rated players.

  Bird's Opening

Bird's Opening

  Grob Opening

Grob Opening

  Nimzowich-Larsen Attack

Nimzowich-Larsen Attack

  Catalan Opening

Catalan Opening

  Hungarian Opening

Hungarian Opening

  Polish Opening

Polish Opening

  English Opening

English Opening

  King's Indian Attack

King's Indian Attack

  Reti Opening

Reti Opening