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The most popular first moves in chess through history

This chart shows the most popular first move for the player with White in games of chess in modern history, followed by Black’s response. These are usually pawn moves, and the destination squares for the pawns are labeled on the chart. In the Indian Defense, Black’s first move is with the knight, labeled with an “N.” (Click here for a complete guide to notation for chess.)

As always, many thanks to Randy Olson for sharing his charts with Know More. Click below for more detailed versions.

Max Ehrenfreund | May 27, 2014 at 11:01 am
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