The Beginner's Guide: Where to Develop the Pieces

In today’s post, I want to talk about the opening and more specifically about piece development in the opening stage of the game. Many a time, before the start of the game a beginner player would cast a look over the board, adjust the pieces, look around to see where his friends are playing, and then make his first move by pushing a central pawn twice. So far, so good! But the trouble starts just after this first Grandmaster move that most of us do play in our games to keep equal chances for a win right from the start. 

Today, I want to focus on where and how pieces are to be developed in the opening, so that we preserve our slight advantage, as white, or have the best shot for equalizing as soon as possible if playing black. Things like move order, piece value, and target pawn structure are to be considered when aiming at placing one’s pieces at their optimal squares without the need of moving them twice or breaking any other important opening principles due to our opponent’s threats during the opening. I believe this video will be quite instructive for any beginner player on



  • 3 years ago


    An excellent introduction to how to develop your chess men in the opening. I like the way you say it, it's all about "what structure to set up" in order to mobilize your troops most efficiently. 

    Actually structure, strong, construct and strategy are of the same Latin root meaning build up, or pile up. When developing your forces before the clash of armies breaks out in the middlegame, the aim is to make a solid formation able to withstand enemy attacks and ready do advance at the place and time of your choosing. 

    Sadly we disconnected learning chess from its roots and the art of warfare. As Comte de Guibert (1743 – 1790), the French general and military writer who influenced Napoleon's strategic thinking, put it, "The art of [development] is to extend forces without exposing them, to embrace the enemy without being disunited."

    From the author of the Blog that looks at the other side of chess

    chess art by Samuel Bak, Sheltering Myths, 1998

  • 3 years ago


    Of course there are players who have their own ideas on development ..

    Actually I really tried to make the moves that this video is recommending as best as I could.

  • 3 years ago


    richiejkock I don't know what you're listening to, but he does not sound even slightly British! I think English is a second or third language for him and he's enunciating words very clearly to make sure people can understand him. We should just be glad he puts the effort in to teach in English at all :-)
  • 3 years ago


    It´s pretty basic stuff, but for a 1000-1100 rated player following this .. it will get you at least 50 points extra instantly!

  • 3 years ago


    Good intro to openings

  • 3 years ago


    It looks so simple  .

  • 3 years ago


    Tremendous help. Thank you.

  • 3 years ago


    tigerlilov, why do you speak with such a British upper class accent???

  • 3 years ago


    Great video. Thanks!

  • 3 years ago


    why not Nd5 instead of Re1?

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you for these great videos. I've learned a lot. Please continue them.

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