Openingsprincipes

Openingsprincipes

Learn the correct way to play the first moves of the game! 

Are you tired of not knowing what to do in the opening? Have you ever felt like you were behind from the very first move? Then this course is for you! By learning these important opening principles you will start playing the first moves of the game confidently!

Here is what you will learn:

  • The different phases of the game and how they are connected
  • How to protect your king
  • The importance of controlling the center
  • How to develop your pieces!
Control the Center

Control the Center

Put your pieces in the ideal position to control the most important part of the board - the center. Try to attack those squares, e4, d4, e5 and d5 early in the game. If you can control those squares your opponent won't be able to find good squares for his or her pieces.
5 minuten
5 Uitdagingen
Develop Your Pieces

Develop Your Pieces

Take control of the game by developing your pieces rapidly to squares where they control the center. You want to develop your knights and bishops and castle quickly. Once you've done that, it's time to move the queen and connect the rooks. This is a great goal for the opening.
7 minuten
5 Uitdagingen
Protect Your King

Protect Your King

King safety is the most important positional factor in chess. Usually the best way to secure your king is to castle. That way you can use your center pawns to fight for the center, but keep your side pawns back to protect the king in a castled position. Another great aspect of castling is that it helps your rook fight for the center.
5 minuten
5 Uitdagingen
Active Pieces

Active Pieces

An active piece has the potential to make many moves. At the start of the games most pieces can't move at all and the knights can only move to two squares each. The best way to get pieces active is to move them towards the center of the board.
7 minuten
5 Uitdagingen
Your Opponent's Move

Your Opponent's Move

It’s important to pay attention to what your opponent is trying to do each turn. You want to watch out for any checks, captures, or threats that the opponent might make. Those are the moves that are likely to get you in trouble if you don’t see them coming. Sometimes your opponent will make more than one threat and you’ll want to find a move that defends everything, so take your time to look at multiple ideas. The best way to stay safe is to ask yourself each turn “if my opponent had another move, what would he or she play?”
8 minuten
5 Uitdagingen
Phases of the Game

Phases of the Game

Chess games typically feature three phases. The opening is when each side focuses on developing their pieces from the back rank. Once most pieces are developed we reach the middle-game, where both sides attempt to improve their positions and still have most of their pieces. If no one has won yet, the game enters an endgame where each side has just a few pieces and most likely players will try to promote a pawn and then checkmate.
2 minuten
6 Uitdagingen

Lessen

Opening Principles

Grondbeginselen
6 Lessen
34 Minuten
31 Uitdagingen
Uitgegeven December 27, 2018
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