Other openings to avoid

T hese openings do little or nothing to develop your pieces or control the center.

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1 h2-h4

1 h2-h4

White intends Sh3, but if Black responds . . . d5 he has the center and his queen's bishop also attacks the h3-square, stopping White's plan.

1 g2-g4

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This is too weakening and off center.

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White has developed a piece but, being on the side of the board, the knight does little to help in the fight for the center.

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Here the white bishop on <33 blocks White's own mobilization, lather like getting your sword stuck in your own scabbard!

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