35 Vital Chess Principles | Opening, Middlegame, and Endgame Principles – Chess Strategy and Ideas

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Clear and easy to follow, WITH EXAMPLES – the top 35 chess principles that EVERY chess player needs to know. These chess principles cover the opening, middlegame and endgame. Chess opening principles are crucial to help you get off to a good start. Chess middlegame principles are vital throughout the game. Chess endgame principles are important to finish off the game properly. These chess principles will take your chess strategy to the next level. These chess concepts and ideas are crucial to how to improve at chess. One of the best ways to improve your chess strategy, is to learn these important chess principles. These chess strategies will help your chess rating grow very rapidly. These chess principles are beneficial to beginners, intermediate chess players and advanced chess players as well. There are some beginner chess principles, some intermediate chess principles, and some advanced chess principles.

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  1. I play much better knights instead of bishops. I have other player tell me they fear my knights. I am around a 1650 player. Is it reasonable to assume I do better because knights are harder to defend against by weaker players?

  2. This is brilliant for a newbie like me, thanks a ton

  3. I can’t stop coming back to this video, sometimes I wonder why do I even bother playing chess.
    If I suck anymore, I’d need a pimp.

  4. So in short, 'A really good chess player knows the right time to play Hope Chess.'

  5. 36. forks
    37. pins
    38. how to do checkmate with only rook or queen

  6. At 2:18 the move Nd5 looks strong. White is threatening Qd2 with Bxf6 gxf6 then Qh6 to follow.

  7. Great video man,
    Very informative and useful.

  8. I like knights more because of their forking abilities

  9. Thank you bro I used only difese move now I'm sticking

  10. Why do you always refer to “he” in the commentary ? Women play too. Better to use “they” and stay generic.

  11. Just played several games following as many of these principles as I possibly could at any given time. I kept the last frame of the video up just to be sure I didn't forget any of them and would reference the list on each turn. I lost all games. Obviously there's the #35 caviat…but I'm a 400…I'm not "good" at chess by any stretch of the imagination. But that also means I'm not exactly playing against top brass here. Yet I lost. A lot. I mean honestly…I'm having such a tough time breaking 500 it's insane. There are opponents I play where it's like holy good lord, how in the hell could they possibly know literally every move to make to perfectly counter and absolutely destroy me. I love playing chess but this is so dang frustrating. When I'm actively seeking out info to learn how to be better, but I just toggle between 300 and 400 rating with a few wins and a stupid number of losses. Grrr and yarg and other angry pirate noises.

  12. Excellent presentation, very clear and precise!

  13. Best informational video for chest and helpful information. If you came across so far, thank you sir!

  14. Great video! Sometimes on Youtube people will show these Gambits based on "hope chess". The idea that your opponent will make a totally stupid move that is below 600 ELO rating. I get annoyed and ignore these fake gambit videos.

  15. Such a great video. Thank you so much for all the effort you put into creating it

    Cheers 🎉

  16. That one tip of waiting for the pawns to get close in on your king and then blockading them in just helped my win a game. My rating is 980 and I just beat a 1100 with just that tip. It felt good to remember it and use it in a game. What a great feeling of not having to go into panic when the pawns swarm to my king pawns guarding the king.

  17. Chess has more variations than anyone can comprehend. It's OK to experiment and throw the rules out!

  18. Been playing for many years–never took the time to really study the game or watch videos like this. Wish I had. I've figured out most of these principles on my own through years of trials and tribulations haha

  19. I have a theory that bishops > knights is only true at high level competition. Against lower level competition, players routinely fail to see a devastating knight fork coming.

  20. Got bricked up 7 mins in had to stroke it for a minute back to learning😊

  21. 0:46 Principle 1 – Control Center

    0:57 Principle 2 – Develop Pieces

    1:16 Principle 3 – Knights before bishops

    1:24 Principle 4 – Don't move the same piece 2 times, while developing

    1:36 Principle 5 – Don't bring queen out too early

    2:03 Principle 6 – Castle Before move 10

    2:16 Principle 7 – Connect your Rooks

    2:33 Principle 8 – Rooks should go on open or half open files

    3:09 Principle 9 – Knights on the Rim are Grim

    3:25 Principle 10 – Try avoiding doubled Pawns

    3:56 Principle 11 – Avoid Isolated Pawns and Double Isolated Pawns

    4:26 Principle 12 – Avoid Backward Pawns

    4:49 Principle 13 – Don't trade your bishop for knight; without good reason

    5:27 Principle 14 – Avoid moving the pawns in front of your castled king

    5:50 Principle 15 – Don't open the center if your king is not castled

    6:12 Principle 16 – 2 minor pieces (Knights/Bishops) are generally than 1 Rook and 1 Pawn

    6:44 Principle 17 – 3 minor pieces is better than a Queen

    6:55 Principle 18 – Rooks are very strong on the 7th rank

    7:19 Principle 19 – Doubled Rooks on an open file are Very Strong

    7:38 Principle 20 – Bishops are better in open positions -Knights are better in closed positions

    8:16 Principle 21 – Best way to deal with flank attack is counter attack the center

    8:39 Principle 22 – Capture towards center of board

    9:03 Principle 23 – Utilize King during end game

    9:22 Principle 24 – Rooks go behind Passed Pawns

    10:00 Principle 25 – 2 Connected Passed Pawns on the 6th rank Will beat a Rook

    11:06 Principle 26 – Attack Base of Pawn Chain

    11:31 Principle 27 – Knights are best blockaders of Pawns

    12:00 Principle 28 – If Position cramped, Trade Pieces

    Principle 29 went on vacation

    12:39 Principle 30 – When Ahead material, Trade Pieces but not Pawns

    13:17 Principle 31 – When Down material, Trade Pawns but not Pieces

    13:57 Principle 32 – Opposite colored bishops are dangerous in middle game

    15:15 Opposite colored bishops are draw-ish in end game

    15:43 Principle 33 – Don't play "Hope chess"

    16:44 Principle 34 – When you see good move – Pause and look for better move

    17:11 Principle 35 – Know when to go against Principles

  22. No. 13 (don't trade bishops for knights) is good advice but the example he shows is the trompowsky attack where that is the entire idea of the opening, so maybe a different visual example could have been used. Great video nonetheless.

  23. Okay if you’re down material, you said to trade pawns off but then you said you DONT want to trade pawns off…? Then you said to rewatch it. To confirm that you said that. I think you might’ve mistaken your position, idk

  24. I never beat all the cats! I went to see ai added. I'll be watching all of these clips because I found a channel that uses the new chess app and am great ful for it thanks

  25. Awesome recap! increased my elo on lichess drastically!!

  26. My favourite thing is being down in material, but checkmating with what I have. Being up two rooks doesnt matter, when kniggt an queen can easily checkmate a cornered king

  27. My Elo is an eye-watering 400, but I guess this taught me at least one new thing.

  28. Tips in watching this video:speed it up so it won't be slow bc it saved my life

  29. I did not find 1 useful principal in this video

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