Opening Theory: Make as Few Pawn Moves As Possible
The pawns’ job is to create space on the chessboard for bigger pieces to play by moving
to control the center of the board. However, once the pawns have created enough
space for strong pieces to move out, they should not move for a large portion of the
game. After all, by moving stronger pieces, you’ll be able to make stronger moves.
Chess players typically consider moving the pawns positioned in front of their king and
queen at the start of a game. By moving these pieces, players open up possibilities for
their bishops and queen to enter the game while simultaneously occupying center
squares. The only pieces that cannot move out after these moves are the rooks.
However, this is fine because rooks should not actively participate until later in the
– New Orleans 1850
– White: James McConnell
– Black: Paul Morphy
– French Defense