3 Basic Opening Strategy Principles | Chess

3 Basic Opening Strategy Principles | Chess

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Hi my name is Rebecca Taxmen and I’m with Chess NYC. I’m going to talk to you today about the three principles to opening strategy. So when we get to the game we’re always like, ‘Uh, what do I do? There’s so many pieces. I don’t know how to start.” Well I’m going to give you three steps that are going to help you create a strong, confident opening.

First thing that we need to understand is these four center squares. These are considered a super square because this is where the center of the board is, the control center. For example, if I have my knight in the center of the board, my knight can control up to eight different squares, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. We can see that this is a very strong place for my knight. If I have my knight on the side of the board it can only control up to four squares, 1, 2, 3, 4.

Therefore, my knight is stronger in the center whereas most pieces are stronger in the center of the board. So at the beginning of the game you want to think about center control. First thing we can try and do is get our pawns into the center. Very important to try to get our pawns to control the center. The next important step that we want to focus on is piece development.

Now I like to think about my pieces as they are working for me. I want to give my pieces a job. If they’re sitting back here they’re not happy and they’re not doing anything. So my next step is to bring my pieces out and have them working for me. Usually we bring out the knights before the bishops. So I can bring my knight to F-3 and my other knight to C-3 and then I’m bringing them towards the center. Notice how I did not bring my knight to H-3, that would not be a good choice. Towards the center.

Next, I want to bring my bishops out, again towards the center controlling the center squares. The next step that we always want to consider is king safety, very important. I like to consider the king like a baby. The reason I consider the king a baby is because we always want to protect our babies just like we always want to protect our king. Therefore, the best way to protect your king at the beginning of the game is to castle. Now we have two places, two ways that we can castle. You can either castle on the king’s side or on the queen’s side.

Right away I can see that I can castle on the king’s side. To castle I move my king two spaces and then bring my rook to the other side and now my king is stuck behind a little fortress or, to keep with the theme of a baby, a crib and it is protected and safe. Just to review, the three important principles are controlling the center, piece development, and king safety. Those are the three things that we can do at the beginning of the game to go into the middle game confidently.

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150 Comments

  1. So…

    Controlling the center, piece development, king safety, and "ad lib" YT commentary.

    :-p….

  2. This actually make you understand how to think when playing chess ..oppose to other videos teaching you a move ,but not understanding why your making that move….nicely done thank you

  3. Usually in my experience, moving the pawns up like that opens the queen/king up for attack

  4. "The king is like a baby"
    My head: WHOS TOUCHING THE CHILD

  5. Gonna go back to school and act like I didn't watch 10 chess tutorials and like I didn't download a chess game just to impress them.

  6. Wait but then can't you use a bishop, attack a pawn and the king has to attack it and then is in the open and its game over cuz you drag your queen out behind the bishop

  7. why does this woman look like ozzy osbourne

  8. I’m sorry, it’s got a little bit of valid info but this isn’t how you be good at chess. Y’all wanna learn? Practice, buy a book about Chess, learn what to do in certain situations, you’d get pulled apart easily by doing whatever this is 😂 controlling the center is not as important as u might think

  9. Thanks this was really helpful now i know why my father does this from the very start

  10. This video is amazing. I'm currently teaching my 12 yr old daughter how to play. I've been looking for strong, clear, short videos that can teach her some really core skills. This video is absolutely perfect. THANK YOU!

  11. I still don't know what to do at the beginning of the game

  12. I swear 70 percent viewers are focusing H&Y

  13. Her: take control of center squares
    Me whose a gamer: ok take mid control 1st….got it

  14. I didn’t even know you were allowed to castle like that🤦‍♀️ I always moved my room all the way ariund

  15. the center isn't the middle 4, it's the middle 16, and all that power is for nothing without support.

  16. Women turning the king into a baby in a crib. Shocking.

  17. I really loved your teaching skills.I might be the next Bobby fisher. Now I am beginning to get jealous others know what I know . Shall I cry ❤💕

  18. I won the very first match I played after watching ur video. Thanks.

  19. Rule number 1: don't listen to a woman playing Chess.

  20. Jamal Murray #BlueArrow #MileHighBasketball says:

    I’m going insane playing this game.

  21. Thank you for your concise, useful and friendly instructions.

  22. But ur oponent will atack u befor u do all of that

  23. the opponent: Yeah right, as if i was gonna allow you to do those.

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