Everything you need to know about openings!

Let me share with you a few interesting quotes:


I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals”Julius Erving


Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals” – Jim Rohn


What people don’t realize is that professionals are sensational because of the fundamentals. The sensationalism has taken over the professionalism” – Barry Larkin


We can clearly understand the fact that the BASICS (the fundamentals) are very important – be it in chess, math, science, or even life! 🙂
chess fundamentalsThat’s why we’ve invited a guest coach to prepare a lesson for you on the basic yet most important principles of chess. Today, I’d like to introduce to you a new chess coach, Marko Makaj. He is a FIDE Master and has recorded a new video lesson for you.


In this lesson, he explains everything you need to know about openings. The video is for a beginner-player and in it you can understand the importance of development and the center.


Suggested: brush up on your opening knowledge with practical tips and make your opening play powerful and error-free. Get “Chess Opening Fundamentals” FREE e-book now!


You can watch the video 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.



Did you like this lesson? Please write your opinion about this author in the comments below. And even if you’re not a beginner, please share this information with your beginner-friends; this could be very useful for them! 🙂



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  • ayush

    thanks dear igor for a new coach and this lessons sir please ask marko makaj to give mei coaching.thankyou.!!!

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Ayush,
      You can find his details in his Facebook page and contact him.

      Prasaadh | Support Officer

      • MarkoMakaj ChessAcademy

        Hi to everyone! I hope you enjoy this lesson! Thank you Ayush! You can contact me on e-mail [email protected]

        • male Gupta

          Thakyu sir I really like your lessons they are just great I wwant private coaching from you

      • male Gupta

        Thanks sir for help sir you are great

  • Debashis Dutta

    hi igor, i have purchased your courses GM Positional Understanding, Your Winning Plan, Endgame Expert and GM Opening Laboratory (The first one). However, when i updated my computer to windows 10, the e-books for these courses no longer open, as they are not compatible. Could you send me the new compatible e-books or suggest another solution to this technical issue?

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Debhashis,
      We are sorry that you are facing this issue.
      I have sent you an e-mail about this problem. Kindly continue this conversation via e-mail.

      Prasaadh | Support Officer

  • Lovro Glavina

    The 11 year old Indian prodigy Praggnanandhaa has just beaten a 2645 GM in less than 20 moves with amazing attacking chess! I highly suggest taht you make a lesson about it on this page.

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Lovro,
      Thanks for the suggestion. It is really interesting. I have made a note of your idea.

      Prasaadh | Support Officer

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