Trapping white’s queen with Englund’s gambit chess opening.

If white’s first move is queen’s pawn to D4, which is known as the queen’s pawn chess opening, then black can consider trying this queen trap by responding with pawn to E5, which is the Englund’s gambit chess opening. Black riscs a pawn to win white’s queen, but versus casual players, then the reward should be worth the risc.

Pawn to E5 is the Englund’s gambit chess opening.

White takes pawn on D4 and then bishop to C5. This is the prelude to setting the trap.

Bishop to C5 is the prelude to the trap.

White will often respond with knight to F3 or bishop to F4. If white is aware of this trap, white will move knight to C3 and black should abort.

Blacks pawn to D6 sets the trap.
Black’s pawn to D6 sets the trap.

White takes pawn on D6 and then knight to E7. This move should be premoved or moved quickly, so white might think, that black make a mistake, and then take it and attack white’s queen without further speculation.

Blacks knight to E7 is the trick and should be done quickly, so white will think, that black made a mistake, and take it.

Bishop takes pawn on F2. White realizes, that only move is king takes on F2 and loose the queen.

Black takes queen.

Black has lost its queen in this trap in the Englund’s gambit chess opening.

White’s queen has been lost due to black’s queen trap in the Englund’s gambit chess opening.

PGN for this queen trap in the Englund’s gambit chess opening is d4 e5 2. dxe5 Bc5 3. Bf4 d6 4. exd6 Ne7 5. dxe7 Bxf2+ 6. Kxf2 Qxd1.

White is losing at this point, but will have different options, which mainly are attacking the queen and developing pieces. These are some of the possible moves.

Possible moves after queen trap in the Englund gambit chess opening.

I saw this trap on Eric Rosen’s channel on YouTube.

The Italian game chess opening: Strong development.

The Italian game is a basic chess opening, that follows the solid basic principles of chess openings by moving knights before bishops, taking control of the center area of the board and keeping the queen at its initial position, while developing strong positions and keeping an eye on black’s F7, which is a vulnerable spot, only protected by the king.

The Italian game chess opening shares the same initial two moves as the Ruy Lopez chess opening: White begins by moving king’s pawn to E4.

King’s pawn opening.

Black mirrors white’s move by moving pawn to E5. White moves knight to E3.

Knight to E3.

Black moves knight to C3. White takes control of black’s pawn, that is protected by the king, at the vulnerable F7 by moving bishop to C4. These positions is the Italian game chess opening. PGN is 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4.

Bishop to C4. The Italian game chess opening.

The Giuoco piano variant of the Italian game chess opening.

Black moves bishop to C4. This move brings the positions to the Giouco piano variant of the Italian game. PGN is 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5.

The Giuoco piano variant of the Italian game chess opening.

White castles on king side.

The possible moves from Giouco piano variant of the Italian game:

Possible moves from Giuoco piano variant of the Italian game chess opening.

The Sicilian defense chess opening: Black fight for center control.

White begins the game with the “king’s pawn” opening by moving pawn to E4. Blacks immidiately responds with the Sicilian defence chess opening and a fight for center control by moving pawn to C5.

The Sicilian defense chess opening: White moves pawn to E4. Black moves pawn to C4.

This move leads to many opening variants, that can create complex positions. The PGN for the Sicilian defence is 1. d4 c5.

The Sicilian defense chess opening.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense.

One of these variants of the Sicilian defense is the dragon variant. White moves knight to F3. Black immidiately fights for center control and puts pressure on white’s pawn on the E file by moving pawn to D6.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense: White moves knight to F3. Black moves pawn to D6.

White moves pawn to D4. Black takes it by moving pawn to D4.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense: White moves pawn to D4. Black takes it by moving pawn to D4.

White takes pawn by moving knight to D4. Black moves knight to C3.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense: White takes pawn by moving knight to D4. Black moves knight to C3.

White moves knight to C3. Black moves pawn to G6.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense: White moves knight to C3. Black moves pawn to G6.

These positions looks like a dragon. The PGN for the dragon variant of the Sicilian defense is 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense.

White might consider moving bishop to E3, bishop to E2, bishop to C4, pwn to G3 or pawn to E4. Black can move bishop to F2, attack white’s knight by moving knight to C6, attack white’s knight by moving pawn to E5 or move pawn to A6.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense. Possible moves.

The Najdorf variant of Sicilian defense.

Another variant of the Sicilian chess opening is the Najdorf variant, which is the same as the dragon variant with the exception of the last move: White moves knight to C3 as in the dragon variant. Black moves pawn to A6.

The Najdorf variant of Sicilian defense: White moves knight to C3. Black moves pawn to A6.

The PGN of the Najdorf variant is 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6.

The Najdorf variant of Sicilian defense.

White will often move bishop to E3, bishop to F5, bishop to E2, bishop to C4, pawn to H3 or pawn to F3.

The Najdorf variant of Sicilian defense. White’s possible moves.

You might also want to study the Italian game chess opening.

The Ruy Lopez chess opening: Start attack immidiately.

A well known opening is the Ruy Lopez chess opening. If you do not know much about openings, this one might be worth studying first. I will go through each move, show the final positions of the chess opening and then round off with possible moves from that.

White starts an attack immidiately with “king’s pawn” by moving pawn to E4.

Black mirrors white’s move and moves pawn to D5. White moves knight to F3.

Black moves knight to C3. White attacks by moving bishop to B5.

White has taken control of the center of the board and has prepared to castle at the same time. The PGN for the Ruy Lopez chess opening is 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5.

The Ruy Lopez chess opening.

Blacks might consider attacking white’s bishop by moving pawn to A3. Black might also consider other options.

The Ruy Lopez chess opening: Possible moves.

You might also want to study the Sicilian defense chess opening.

FreeBSD wallpaper with BSD daemon on red background.

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I exported it to the widely used 1920×1080 Full HD (16:9) resolution, 1920×1200 Ultra HD (16:10) resolution and 2560×1600 WQXGA (16:10) resolution and made it available for free download via the thumbnail links below. Enjoy.

FreeBSD themed wallpaper with the BSD daemon on dark red background for 1920×1080 resolution.
FreeBSD themed wallpaper with the BSD daemon on dark red background for 1920×1200 resolution.
FreeBSD themed wallpaper with the BSD daemon on dark red background for 2560×1600 resolution.

What makes a good chess opening?

The chess board and its 8 ranks, 8 files, 32 pieces and 64 squares gives an enormous amount of possible moves and chess openings. According to the online chess server Lichess, there is more than a thousand named and known chess openings, that is registered by their unique portable game notation (PGN) in the database.

The purpose of a chess opening is to develop strong positions and attacks. This is done by first moving one or more pawns out. Then it is time for knights and bishops to enter the game, because these pieces can attack from behind the pawns and prepares for castling at the same time. If you want to castle, it should be done early at this point. These opening moves concludes a chess opening. The middle game begins.

Bishop to C4. The Italian game chess opening.

The reason, that it is worth studying chess openings is, that many of these moves should be automatic, so you save valuable time, because the moves will be the best known responses to certain moves from your opponent. It might be a good idea to learn a few basic chess openings first and then exploring more advanced chess opening later.

If you would like to begin with a simple, basic and aggressive chess opening, then I recommend my little introduction to the Ruy Lopez chess opening.