Kopec’s Five Goals of the Chess Opening

The following guest post was written by International Master and TOP Chess Director, Danny Kopec.


1. Develop Pieces (Bishops and Knights): You must get your pieces out.

2. Control The Center: You must move them to control the center.

3. King Safety: You should get you King in a safe position by
castling early.

4. Space: You need space for your pieces with adequate pawn play.

5. Material Balance: Here is the Catchall. You cannot finish the opening with any loss of material (pawns, pieces) or permanent structural defects (PSDs).

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