Opening strategy For Beginners - Staying Safe

In the early stage of the game you will always be in a 1 vs 1 grudge match with the opponent by your side. You want to castle away from him and towards your partner as soon as you can so your opponent can't attack your king. Here are some opening guidelines:

White has gone in with his bishop combo and won a whole rook because red was too slow to react.

This time Red plays an early h6 preventing white's bishop attack.

Black is playing vs green here and has followed all of our opening guidelines. His pieces are developed and he played h3 to defend his queenside, and is now ready to castle away to safety. On to the middlegame!

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