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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First tactics book:
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