The Most Important Chess Principles | Intro to “Top 25 Middlegame Concepts”

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Note: This is the introductory lesson to the course “Top 25 Middlegame Concepts” by GM Igor Smirnov.

What is a chess guideline? What is a chess principle/concept? A chess concept/rule/principle/guideline is a certain relatively universal pattern that you can use in any and every chess game of yours.

🔹 Why Learn Chess Concepts/Principles?

Well, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of chess rules! Although not every chess term stands for a rule, very often it correlates. As you can see the glossary of chess, it has everything from A-Z.

So, if you try studying different chess books, videos, etc., you can spend your lifetime learning chess without really mastering it. But, how is it possible that 12-year-old kids become chess masters? It is because they focus on the most important principles.

In this introductory lesson, you will see how a commonly known chess principle “Knight on the rim is dim” is universal, meaning that it is applicable in any stage of the chess game!

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00:00 Course Intro: Top 25 Middlegame Concepts
00:33 What are chess rules/principles/concepts
00:48 Example concept: Knight on the rim is dim
02:14 Chess concepts/principles are universal
03:42 Learn only the most important chess rules
05:00 Too many rules can only confuse you
07:22 Solution: Right system of thinking

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12 Comments

  1. Great content, deep systemic thinking insights and friendly personality!Thank you for your work.

  2. ► Chapters

    00:00 Course Intro: Top 25 Middlegame Concepts

    00:33 What are chess rules/principles/concepts

    00:48 Example concept: Knight on the rim is dim

    02:14 Chess concepts/principles are universal

    03:42 Learn only the most important chess rules

    05:00 Too many rules can only confuse you

    07:22 Solution: Right system of thinking

  3. Thank you for your work . I learnt a lot from your other videos … though I am not a professional player I love playing chess and your videos have been educational which made my love for chess even more

  4. 1. Prioritise King Safety. 2 If your king is safe and you don't know what to do play in the centre.

  5. I love your personality sir.and also the way you teach.

  6. Igor, great content as always. Please straighten those books behind you. Looks like an earthquake just hit. Thank you sir!

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