Chess lesson # 24: Three principles of the opening and more | Chess Openings the right way

Chess 4 All: The opening in Chess is the beginning stage of the game. So far in this course, we have learned about the endgame and middlegame, but we have not discussed the opening in detail.In this class, you will learn the main three principles you should follow as well as other tips to get the most out of your opening.

00:30 1) Control the center of the board: we know by now that our pieces control more squares when they are in the center. Also, having pawns in the center will make it difficult for your opponent’s pieces to maneuver and move around.
02:15 2) Develop the minor pieces: minors pieces are your knights and bishops. The rooks and Queen are major pieces. If you only use pawns, it will be hard to unleash a quick attack. That is why we immediately develop our minor pieces, which are better attackers. When developing our pieces, we also have to bring them towards the center. This way, they control more squares and also they can get to our opponent’s king faster.
05:25 3) Castle your king: Finally, we need to put our king in safety by castling. This special move will also allow the rook you castle with to come to the central files and help put pressure through any open files that might open.
09:25 *Speed is another important factor in the opening stage. We need to do all of this quickly so that we can attack our opponent’s king before they can defend. Consequently, we cannot afford to waste time when developing our pieces.
10:02 *Game analysis: the game we review in this lesson allows us to put everything together and appreciate how other players effectively use these ideas.

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Chess is an intellectual battle where players are exposed to numerous mental processes such as analysis, attention to detail, synthesis, concentration, planning and foresight. Psychological factors are also present on and off the board; playing Chess stimulates our imagination and creativity. Every single move a player makes is the result of a deep analysis based on the elements presented on the battle field.

Chess in its essence teaches us psychological, sociological and even moral values. In a Chess game, both players start with the same amount of material and time. The fact that the white pieces move first is considered to be practically irrelevant —especially because a player typically plays one game as white and one game as black. Consequently, the final result of the battle solely depends on each player. It doesn’t matter if you win by taking advantage of your opponent’s mistakes or by simply avoiding mistakes yourself. Truth is that Chess is an extremely individual sport and our defeats can only be blamed on ourselves and no one else. And this, in the end, only benefits us because we learn to be and feel responsible for our actions and never come up with excuses to justify ourselves.

We also learn that when it comes to our victories on the board, our opponent’s mistakes play a more significant role than our own skills. Let’s not forget that a Chess game without any mistakes would be a draw. This way, Chess provides us with another valuable life lesson: be humble at all times.

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  1. Consider a person who knows nothing about chess and He is watching your videos from 1st lesson till now..How much rating you would expect from him tobe on?

  2. Coach 10^100000 that much i love u you are goat no joke love you coach this the best chess channel for those who wants to learn chess from basics ❤️❤️🇮🇳

  3. Your like my own coach . its Means Alot Sir . ❤ FrOm 🇮🇳

  4. I feel bad for all those people who have and interest to develop their skilld in chess but couldn't find this channel

  5. I was 300 at the beginning of this series now im 500

  6. This is helping me a lot thank you for your hard work I used to be 200 elo and now I am 600 elo

  7. You haven't reached 100k!How is this possible you deserve millions of subscribers

  8. Excellent Starting for Openings…Thank you Robert !!!

  9. Sir, I really appreciate your work. It's like having a personal coach… I'm very glad that I've found this channel. Wish you the very best. Keep bringing these good staffs… 💕

  10. Hi. I really appreciate as well the lessons. May I ask you something…is there no defense strategies on chess? I mean…I know that the goal is to performe a check mate but, I'd like to see different strategies instead of always opening the center. For example, if you have the principle on the top of your mind that your oponnent will castle his king as soon as possible, couldn't we develop more the edges with bishops or even trying to include major pieces earlier (opening pawns in order to sacrifice it and putting towers a head). Thank you for your time.

  11. The game example opens my mind. Ty so much! One question: how can I play against myself in

  12. Thanks for these lessons… I have watched all of your lessons till now… I will move further till the end….

  13. Around 12.17, i was thinking that as the black i would let the pawn at e5 either take my d6 pawn, recapturing the tile with c7 pawn,thus closing the bishop line or just let it be ther until phase 2 is completed.

  14. Hello
    First of all thanks for your effort it's really helping
    Second of all at 11:43 or something like that doesn't bishop to g5 guarantee capturing the queen?
    Cz if the the queen takes u take with the knight and that's a good trade
    Or is it more important to block thr check

  15. e4 not only controls the center, but also allows the development of your bishop and queen

  16. I’ve watched up to here already in 1 day!

    Fantastic course it’s been a life long goal to learn chess

  17. After watching this I managed to gain my ratings back to 200 from 100.

  18. Please can you make a special video for black openings for beginners like me?
    If not then please tell me what will be the best black openings.
    Just a request!

  19. Please make more openings like in the Caro can, sicillian, Italian and lot more you're the best👏

  20. Nobody does this so detail ! You are a Master for a reason !

  21. i loved the idea with the sacrifice!i hope i get to learn more about this from our great teacher!

  22. Hi Mr Ramirez🙂
    Plz I have a question , at 6:40 after playing Be3 , if my opponent trades bishops. Then I will have doubled pawns , so do u recommend playing Bg5 instead ?

  23. And plz one more question , do u advice to develop black bishop always before putting the castled rook on the open E file ?
    Thx for ur time and advice 😊

  24. Mr Ramirez. I watched this video three times and as an intermediate player I wanna ask u if at 12:00 , if black plays Nge7 instead of d6 ? Is there any chance for black to win the game since he is a pawn ahead ?

  25. When I said intermediate player in my comment. I meant my self. Just not to mis understand me 😊
    To me ur better than many GMs.

  26. Mr Ramirez. At 6:41 , if his bishop trades our black bishop then we will have doubled pawns. So do u roccomend playing Bg5 instead of Be3 ? Is it better. And if we play Bg5 and our opponent immediately challenges with h6 , do u advice to capture his pinned knight or play Bh4 to make our Oppenent has a bad pawn structure ? Once again thx for ur time and for answering my questions🙂

  27. Ah. Sorry now I saw ur reply for my question. I asked it twice. Iam sorry

  28. Loved this video Robert. How did you think of sacrificing your rook? That was absolutely brilliant.
    I have seen this video quite a few times. I am still not able to wrap my head around that move.

  29. Much needed video I'm following your videos regularly with heart and soul ❤️
    Love and respect from India 🙏

  30. You have an amazing talent in teaching. Thanks!

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