Getting The Queen Out

One of the ‘golden rules’ of chess openings is not to bring the queen out too early. This is because opposing pieces of lesser value can develop whilst gaining time by attacking her.

Yet needless to say this rule is widely ignored, especially by young players trying to pull off scholar’s mate (1.e4 followed by 2.Bc4, 3.Qf3 or 3.Qh5 and 4.Qxf7 mate). And there are also many exceptions, for example the Sicilian Najdorf Poisoned Pawn (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6) is known to be an excellent line of play (at least at GM level) but features the early development of Black’s queen and the snatching of White’s b2 pawn.

So what’s the golden rule? That there is no golden rule! And that trying to impose one can land you in a lot of trouble!


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: