35 Vital Chess Principles | Opening, Middlegame, and Endgame Principles – Chess Strategy and Ideas

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Clear and easy to follow, WITH EXAMPLES – the top 35 chess principles that EVERY chess player needs to know. These chess principles cover the opening, middlegame and endgame. Chess opening principles are crucial to help you get off to a good start. Chess middlegame principles are vital throughout the game. Chess endgame principles are important to finish off the game properly. These chess principles will take your chess strategy to the next level. These chess concepts and ideas are crucial to how to improve at chess. One of the best ways to improve your chess strategy, is to learn these important chess principles. These chess strategies will help your chess rating grow very rapidly. These chess principles are beneficial to beginners, intermediate chess players and advanced chess players as well. There are some beginner chess principles, some intermediate chess principles, and some advanced chess principles.

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400 Comments

  1. I knew most of these from either general logic or years of playing, but there have still been a few that I have never considered before. Much obliged, Sir.

  2. Doubled rooks on one file supporting a pawn just won me a checkmate from the jaws of defeat! Thank you!

  3. When you are weak on one color of squares, you are really weak on both colors. (Bronstein, paraphrased)

    Related:

    When a player has a losing position and is weak on one color, the opponent's breakthrough will come on the other color. (Neil McDonald, paraphrased)

    And I can't remember who said this – again, I paraphrase:

    When you have a choice of rook moves, consider carefully the plusses and minuses of each move. Once you come to a conclusion and have decided on moving a rook, move the other one instead.

  4. When you're down a rook and your opponent is two moves from promoting a pawn with check, hope chess is your only resource.

  5. I have realized, that the only hope for me is number 33

  6. 6? I was lead to believe that non-committal moves are best.

  7. If i ever beat magnus. Thats bcuz of this video🤌😌

  8. Ahh .. "Hope chess" – that warm blanket beginners live in 😂

  9. Principle #36: Never shake your opponent’s hand until the game is over

  10. Principle 36? Don't blindly follow the other principles. Recognize when you need to break the rules.

  11. #33 is weird. Don’t play “hope chess”?!
    A big part of chess is using the opponents mistakes. You always hope that your opponent doesn’t see different forks and so on. If you assume you always play (on any level) against a perfect playing computer, you could change to Backgammon instead. 😂
    The pilots often says: “Never assume, it makes an ASS of U and ME!
    What’s your FIDE rating?

  12. I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. Thank you.

  13. 17:05 that's not a checkmate when the piece can be captured by the pawn 🤷‍♂️

  14. Chess is a brain game not a tricky
    And played by a on principlees

  15. U forgot principal #36…don't keep undefended any piece

  16. What about controlling either dark or light squares ?

  17. very informative vid! thanks

    as an aside, I'm a knight lover, and so I'm the idjit that will make a bishop knight trade every time.

  18. Your last one it was not a smooth check mate😂😂😂😂

  19. Just seeing this now – sharing with everyone I know. Was a 1650 player at 15 in 1990. You nailed a lot of good ones. Two I didn’t know. I think you need a follow up video with more of these. Call them bonus rules. I have a few.

    1) generally speaking, do not exchange a ‘good bishop’ for a bad bishop
    2) create open lanes for bishops to increase their value
    3) attack supported pawns with minority attack
    4) keep tempo, or fight to get it
    5) create space, when possible
    6) support all pieces, when possible. Don’t leave hanging pieces
    7) understand tactics like forks and pins

  20. Late to comment but you’re a very good chess content creator and I learn like at least 1/3 from you, I’m your average chess fan that likes it more than it likes me and I’ve been watching your videos for years, keep it up

  21. After a move, ask yourself what the piece was defending and what new threats are there.

  22. where have I heard this gentleman's voice b4 🤔?? sounds very familiar.

  23. how is 34 a check mate? a pawn can kill the knight?

  24. Playing for fun mostly, but these tips certainly ensure that fun increases, thanks!

  25. this the KJV Store guy isn't it!!? @chessvibes

  26. Taking casual chess more seriously than school rn.

  27. Too long. I'm just gonna go lose to Martin some more.

  28. Thanks.. the only thing for me that I have learnt big is Don't Play a hope chess, which I always do… Thanks…

  29. Wtf if you play g6 against the scholars qxe5 check and ur rook is gone

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