>I've been playing for a little bit now, but one of my weaknesses is opening moves.
Are you developing your power pieces? A lot of people just fiddle with the pawns in their opening moves when you can get more impact with each move by using stronger pieces.
I usually try to get some stronger pieces out there in the center after getting the pawns in the right place. Sometimes I've seen a queen go "behind enemy lines" steal a few pieces and retreat with no harm done. Some people just don't see that coming. I'm usually not afraid to trade a queen for a queen. I don't like it when people rely too heavily on that one piece. Even though I am a little relunctant to trade it.
queens waste your time in the early game. Almost anywhere on the board a queen can be threatened. By bringing out your queen early you may lose your initiative. (in my opinion keeping initiative is one of the most important things)
i've learned the best way to open the game is taking your middle pawns to the center along with your knights... then, according to your opponent, your game might follow in different ways...
it IS a bad idea to move both your rooks and your queen from the first line... i would recommend to move throughout the table one of your rooks and your bishops... always leave at least one rook protecting your king, alonng with the queen...
and yes, I play.
On and off for the last 25 years or so. Currently off for lack of opponents (I don't like chess clubs, am not interested in competition play which is all they're interested in to the extent that often members won't play outside the club competition).