Beginner

Opening Principles

Opening Principles

Get an advantage in the first few moves

  • Control the Center

    Put your pieces in the ideal position to control the most important part of the board - the center.

    • 5 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Develop Your Pieces

    Take control of the game by rapidly developing your pieces to key central squares and combining your forces to create powerful attacks.

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Protect Your King

    King safety is the most important positional factor in chess. Learn how to protect your king and take advantage of your opponent's unsafe king.

    • 5 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Active Pieces

    Get your pieces off their starting squares and into the game.

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Your Opponent's Move

    Avoid blundering and win more games by first understanding your opponent's move before making a decision.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Phases of the Game

    Understand how a game moves from opening to middlegame and then to endgame.

    • 2 min
    • 6 challenges
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