Openings & Explorer

What is the Game Explorer?

Search through millions of games played by top players and see the most popular openings and moves. Then study the games to see the themes and ideas played by Grandmasters in similar games! For each position in the opening, you can see the full range of viable moves to make next - and see the cumul...

Does move-order matter when I'm looking at a position in Explorer?

No, the data you see in Explorer (i.e. related to typical continuations and the frequency of wins, draws, etc.) is specific to the position you are viewing, regardless of what moves you made to get there. This is as it should be: What matters is what happens as a result of the position you are v...

How do I use the Game Explorer?

To use the Game Explorer, simply make moves on the board and then watch as the table on the right updates with the games and moves made in similar positions by other chess players. It's a great way to study common openings, and you can see the names of openings related to the current position just ...

What are chess openings?

The opening in chess refers to the first several moves of the game. "Book" chess openings refer to common sequences of moves that have been studied and are generally well-known by professionals. Many such lines are well documented in authoritative references like The Encyclopedia of Chess Openings ...