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Opening Principles

Opening Principles

Course 34 episodes
(1 hour 49 min)
Creators GM Avetik Grigoryan

"Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist." - Pablo Picasso

How do you find the right moves when you can’t remember opening theory?
What do you do if your opponent intentionally takes you ‘out of the book’?

The key is to use chess opening principles to find the best continuation! 

Many beginners are familiar with such principles but still struggle to find the right moves in the opening. That’s because their understanding is on a surface level, while a GM’s understanding is much deeper...


For instance, its important to develop your pieces.

But what’s the right way to do it? 
How do you punish your opponent when they’re behind in development? 
And when should you break this opening principle? 

Knowing how to answer questions like these in a specific position is more important!

In this course, GM Avetik takes you on a journey to build a solid foundation of such principles so that it’s easier for you to figure out the opening moves and remember the theory!

Following these principles will also help you safely navigate ‘out of the opening theory’ positions.

This course is best suited for:

  • Players below 1500 because it will build their ‘base understanding’ of how to play in the opening. It’ll also help to grasp the lines in the ChessMood repertoire.  

  • Players up to 2000 rating will also find value in the course, especially from the lessons where you’ll see how to punish your opponents who don’t follow the opening principles.

Get ready to improve your understanding of chess openings so that you remember the theory easily and punish opponents who take you ‘out of the book’!

Let's dive in!

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What you'll learn

  • The 3 main opening principles you should follow. 
  • The 4 mistakes you should avoid in the opening and how to punish your opponent when they make them.
  • Which are the 2 weak squares for each side in the opening.
  • Why the popular opening advice like ‘castle early’ is bad.
  • The philosophy behind chess openings.
  • The principles behind playing a gambit and more!


Students give this course an average of 5 out of 5 stars.

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Course 34 episodes (1 hour 49 min)
Creators GM Avetik Grigoryan
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