The opening stage refers to the initial moves of a chess game. It is important to play the opening well as it is the foundation for your game. Today we’ll share with you 3 very simple basic opening rules that you should always remember! 🙂
Basic Opening Principles
1) In the opening stage, we should first push our central pawns (e- and d-pawns) in order to get better space/activity for our pieces.
2) Next, we should develop our minor pieces (bishops and knights). It is often recommended to develop the knights before the bishops.
3) Avoid queen moves early in the game. Do NOT move the same (developed) piece more than once, and avoid playing pawn moves on the flank (a- and h-pawns).
Our guest coach, FM Marko Makaj, will explain to you these rules in a very instructive video lesson, which you can watch below:
About the author
Marko Makaj is from Croatia. He is a FIDE Master with an ELO of around 2350 and a chess trainer. He has held this title since 2008. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have time to play in tournaments in order to achieve the title of IM or GM. He has been working as a coach for over 15 years and many of his students have achieved great results.
P.S. Did you like this lesson? Even if you’re not a beginner, you may share this lesson with your beginner friends – it can be very useful for them. 🙂 Feel free to write your thoughts in the comments below.