Chess Openings Explained: Learn the Why 

Set your game openings on the path to success

With so many chess openings and variations, it seems as if players are doomed to endless memorization cycles if they wish to make their way to winning. Memorization is important, but without understanding the logic behind opening moves, one also makes sure  to become an easy target for opponent surprises. DecodeChess can help understand the concepts that govern (almost) each chess opening move, making you a better, smarter player!

opening position

Over 1,000 Chess opening variations!

Chess openings are a grand project of humanity, stretching back in history and filled with theory, experience, and most importantly, passion and love for the game of chess. There are over a 1,000 chess openings variations,  but much less than that are used by the majority of chess players worldwide.

As a chess player, you probably had the following two questions pass in your mind: Which opening/s should I stick to; How many chess openings should I memorize? The answers to these questions depend on your personality, level of devotion to the game, and the number of people you speak with.

One thing is clear – memorization skills are needed in order to improve your grasp of chess openings. However, the more you understand the logic and ideas that justify each move, the better you’ll become at analyzing potential opponent threats and conspiracies, and the better you’ll be at responding to them with the next best move. Therefore, chess openings explained are always better than chess openings memorized.

Chess Openings Explained – DecodeChess to the Rescue

DecodeChess is here to help you understand the why behind your chess opening moves, and we do this by explaining the benefits, weaknesses, and overall position concepts with just one click on the Decode button. Let’s dive into some examples, to show you exactly how this can be done (spoiler – so simple!).

Below we’ll review three opening instances to further show you how DecodeChess can help you make sense out of openings, instead of just memorizing them.

  1. King’s Pawn Opening
  2. Danish Gambit
  3. Sicilian Defense, Najdorf variation

King’s Pawn Opening Explained

Here’s an explanation for White’s next best move in the King’s Pawn Opening, after having played 1.e4 e5.  Each explanation line has an importance bar next to it, and each explanation can be expanded (+) to follow the variation and to get further ideas.

chess openings explained - king's pawn opening 2.Nf3

And here is the analysis of the Opponent’s intentions:

Opponent intentions(Black)in the king's pawn-opening

The Danish Gambit Opening Explained

Below is the analysis for White’s next best move after 1.e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 in the Danish Gambit opening.

chess opening explained - danish gambit c3

And here’s what you’ll get when you click on the Plans tab:

plans for white in danish-gambit after playing c3

The Sicilian Defense (Najdorf) Opening Explained

Below is the analysis for White’s next best move after 1.e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 in the Najdorf variation of of the Sicilian Defense.


See the full decoded position and why a6 is the recommended move here.

Summary: Understand Your Chess Opening Moves

Mastering your openings depends a great deal on memorization, but without understanding the moves involved,  you’ll be prone to opponent surprises. DecodeChess can help you understand the WHY behind your openings, making you a smarter player.

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