This tool provides an easily searchable and easy to use interface to the over 2,000 opening positions which are represented in the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, or ECO.
You can search for an opening 3 different ways:
Regardless of which way you choose to search, just type any kind of query into the search box and the ECO opening database will do the right thing.
However you search for an opening, each one appears in a gray box, with an image of the final position on the left and the list of moves on the right. Here is an example:
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In addition to the non-looping GIFs we use on our page, we also store looping images (IE after the animation completes, it will start over again) purely for your usage! To load them, just change the URL of the image you would like from: