3 Vital Chess Opening Principles

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the top 3 most vital chess opening principles. These principles are universal, meaning that they work in any and every chess opening.

These principles are unknown or misunderstood by a lot of chess players, which gives you a competitive edge against most of your opponents.

You will also learn the single most important chess opening principle that will skyrocket your results. This has the power to increase your rating by 200-300 points.

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00:00 Top 3 Chess Opening Principles (Universal Rules)
00:17 1) Don’t move your f-pawn
01:43 What about the Dutch Defense 1.d4 f5?
02:48 Exception: you can move your f-pawn if…
03:13 2) Don’t move your queen early
05:11 Example: French Defense, Two Knights Variation
06:49 Most important chess opening principle
10:07 3) Calculate 1-2 moves ahead
11:53 Anti-Blunder check

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71 Comments

  1. 1st rule don't move a C pawn don't work for me cuz I'm a king's gambit player 😅😂 must figure something else 🤔

  2. Can you please make a Sicilian video for black. 🥺
    I am having troubles finding the right sequences through analysis.

  3. Igor, can you make video on how to play the Sicilian defence with black?

  4. Very good points Igor. I would've moved that Bishop & lost my Rook too. A great lesson 👍

  5. Best chess content on YouTube with lasting profound concepts that don't rely on memorization.

  6. I really enjoy the videos you do that go over principles. I feel like learn a lot more than your other ones. I enjoy your gambit videos as well but videos like this cover a broader range of the game. Thank you for posting great content!!

  7. That funny because in your last video on the bIshops opening, its all about the F pawn! 😀

  8. When you watch a video and see all the errors you and your opponents made earlier this morning 😂😅. Proof I need to make a purchase soon enough, I'm liking what the grandmaster secrets is offering based on the description on the website 🤔

  9. Carlsen and Nakamura are the worst players ever in the chess history.

  10. Your right 2 moves thinking ahead is good . My error is I try to think 10 moves or more ahead and I end up making the same blunder I was supposed to avoid. Just overthinking can be fatal . 2 or 3 moves I was much better

  11. Absolute right, most lost caused by a blunder or eror, more than opponent's trap

  12. would you recommend king's gambit even though you sacrifice f pawn?

  13. i actually dont really agree to not using your queen early. got bullied alot by a 1500 player which played well with pressure from bishop and a queen (im 1000)

  14. Best chess teacher on YouTube. Cheers! 😃👍

  15. 12:10" if black plays some random move, say bishop e7 then that doesnt really do anything"
    yeah no youre right, it only treatens to win the queen, but yeah I get the point

  16. 11:27 i think instead of knight a3 it's better to move the light squared bishop to b3 to stop the fork and if they capture the bishop then recapture with the pawn that will open the file for the rook

  17. Again with the flame like it is at every work of longer duration and ardour. Thanks.

  18. 12:07 Be7 literally threatens to trap White's Queen after Rf8 I wouldn't say it does nothing.

  19. great chess opening principles,
    made similar topic about chess too, any feedback is greatly appreciate,
    thanks, all the best

  20. I dont understand, what if white castle?? is not an obvious response? black cannot castle, probably would lose or not?

  21. Mate in one: “a subtle downside” 😭😂

  22. If magnus moves the f pawn he just wants a challenge lmao theory is boring for him

  23. If you were a Natural, you wouldn't be reading about Chess nor would you be watching Chess videos,.
    You need to know that you are a limited Chess player and accept it.
    Follow these ideas and you'll be very good and you'll have fun:
    1. Play to the center of the board (knights on the rim of the board are bad) and don't move the "F" pawn.
    2. Don't leave your pieces unprotected and look for your opponents unprotected pieces. Look for forks, pins, Double Attacks, etc. Get a book by Fred Reinfeld called "1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations".
    3. The count. When you're attacked or you're attacking…how many times can a recapture occur? You need to have one more "count" to win.
    4. Knight maneuvers…look at the color of the "square" that you knight is resting on. The knight can only attack a "square" of the opposite color.
    5. Bishops are better than Knights.
    6. In the opening, try to move you queen one or two moves after you opponent moves their queen.
    7. In the opening, try to Castle one or two moves after you opponent Castles.
    8. Memorize every trap you can find.
    9. Google Search for "10 End Games Every Chess Player Should Know" Lucena, Philidor, etc.
    10. Square Rule.
    11. Get a free Chess app called "Shredder" and solve some puzzles.
    Finally, here's a quote from Paul Morphy where he reminds us that Chess is just a game, "The ability to play chess is the sign of a gentleman. The ability to play chess well is the sign of a wasted life."

  24. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  25. I never move my F pawn because I like to castle over there, and want my pawns all together back there for king defense. It's all about defense, until your opponent makes a mistake trying to break your defense, always attack, but focus more on defense, or you'll jump on an attack you are making , and miss his attack on you, which may be more dangerous for you than your attack on him would be to him, and if he gets you first, that may throw your whole plan out the window.

  26. Right, 2 moves ahead is pretty good, then you just take it one move at a time with caution.If you have a real good defense, your game will fall together for you if you watch carefully for your opponents mistakes.Just like Boxing, or MMA, if you can protect yourself really well, your opponent will eventually make mistakes trying to beat your great defense, then, you simply take advantage of those mistakes that your great defense caused him to make.

  27. F pawn is perfectly valid that tip was terrible. cari kann fantasy, stonewall, many trompowsky lines etc.

  28. Thats what ive been saying, if i can capitalize when my opponent blunders i would be 1400

  29. starting around 6:18 where you talk about defending f6 with a piece other than the queen, why is the g pawn not mentioned? Is it simply better to develop the bishop or the other knight instead?

  30. The fantasy variation in the Carocan defense is moving the pawn to f3 and is one of the most challenging variations for a Caro player

  31. Another one of Igor's great videos, simple to grasp, bringing calm and focus needed for improving at chess, his always positive vibe. Thank you!

  32. 1st rule: don't move f-pawn….and i play king's gambit as one of my main lines 🙁

  33. Thanks for your videos. I’m learning and winning a lot more than before.

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