Chess Opening Moves

In the Chess Opening Moves of the Semi-Closed Games (or Semi-Closed Openings) White plays 1.d4 but Black replies not symmetrically with 1...d5.

Very popular and sound replies for Black to 1.d4 are the Indian defences (1...Nf6). Because of their ambitious and double-edged nature they offer an unbalanced game with chances for both sides.

1. d4 Nf6

White moves

indian defence

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4
Nimzo Indian Defence
1 d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7
Kings Indian Defence
nimzo indian defence
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kings indian defence
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1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5
Gruenfeld Indian Defence
1 d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6
Queens Indian Defence
You can use this safe and solid opening when White avoids the Nimzo-Indian by playing 3.Nf3 instead of 3.Nc3.
gruenfeld defence
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queens indian defence
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1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+
Bogo Indian Defence
This opening is sound and played on all levels of chess.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5
Catalan Opening
White plays d4 and c4 and fianchettoes the white bishop on g2 before playing Nf3. This solid opening can arise from different move orders and is played also at top levels of chess.
bogo indian defence
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catalan opening
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1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5
Benoni Defense
1.d4 f5
Dutch Defence
benoni defense
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dutch defence
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