Flank openings

Flank openings are all those openings which do not begin with 1. e4 or 1. d4.

Bird: 1. f4

In Bird's Opening White begins with 1. f4 and takes direct influence over the e5-square but at the same time weakens his king's position.

Englisch: 1.c4

The English Opening starts with 1.c4. It is an important part of chess theory.

Larsen: 1.b3

The Larsen Opening arises after 1.b3. It is named after the former world-class Danish player, Bent Larsen.

Reti: 1. Nf3 d5 2.c4

The Réti Opening begins with the moves 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4. White offers a pawn sacrifice to dislodge Black’s central pawn.