3 basic opening rules you should remember!

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).

You may also like to check out the best chess openings for Black against 1.e4 and 1.d4.

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

FM Marko Makaj
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.
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  • garykevinware

    In the example that paralleled Paul Morphy’s Opera Box game, the presenter had White taking the b7 pawn which would allow Black to force a trade of queens with …Qb4+.

    • Hi there,

      Exactly, Qb4+ is a good way for Black to trade off the queens and prolong the game. Nevertheless, Black would be a pawn down with no compensation, and the endgame should be winning for White easily.

      Thanks for your comment!

      • male Gupta

        yess sir you are right completely deear sir yesterday i come up with a interesting articles about a chess prodigy of india which is big cricketer now a days yuzuvendra chahal in 2002 he represendted india in greence international olympicad and he was master class player 2300 plus back in those days but he had to leave chess because he doesnot find sponsers and he needed 50 lakh back then to become professional what do you think about these thanks.

  • male Gupta

    sueprb lectures thanks for the game yaar you are great igor sir lilov lesons are not productive now a days please engaage oleksineko forr other lecutres nad future vidoes thanks al ot sir byee tc.

    • Thanks for your suggestions! I take them very seriously.

      • male Gupta

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  • Scott Patterson

    igor wth a due respect I think you missed a vital reason to play …1e5! it stops and or blockades whites initiative by a later …e5 and restricts f4 and d4..restrict means in my case discourages. but to be fair I was not taught this either in my beginner books of old. please keep giving everyone your time thanks.

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