Opening Do's and Don'ts


Develop your pieces -- get them all out quickly

Control the centre -- get at least one pawn in the centre and point your pieces there

King's-side Castle -- to get your King safe

Think about opening a file for your Rooks


Move pieces twice without good reason

Move your Queen out early (because you will have to move it again when it gets attacked)

Make lots of pawn moves (develop a piece instead)