Chess Openings for Beginner

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The first few moves of a chess game can be the most important moves you make. In those moves, you will establish your early game plans and strategy for your place on the board. Most beginners don’t need to memorize exact opening moves and should instead focus on good opening principles like controlling the center and developing your pieces. However, it is useful to know some openings as they can be common, and they do help reinforce good plans. But don’t become too reliant on memorization or you will soon find yourself feeling lost. Some of the best chess openings for beginners are:
The Italian Game
The Ruy-Lopez
The French Defense
The Sicilian Defense
The Pirc–Robatsch Defense
The Caro-Kann Defense
The Queen Pawn Openings

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Yokav Zusmannovich

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$30/week

5-9 weeks 5% off; 10 weeks or more 10% off

Moscow University

Civil Engineering

Enrollment is open for  

Fall

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Course Schedule 

FALL TERM

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Fall session begins 

16 AUG 2021

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twice/week

Wednesdays, Fridays

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Pacific Time

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15:30-16:15

WINTER TERM

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Winter session begins

10 JAN 2022

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twice/week

Wednesdays, Fridays

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Pacific Time

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15:30-16:15

SPRING TERM

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Spring session begins

21 MAR 2022

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twice/week

Wednesdays, Fridays

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Pacific Time

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15:30-16:15

SUMMER TERM

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Summer session begins 

7 JUN 2021

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twice/week

Wednesdays, Fridays

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Pacific Time

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15:30-16:15

DESCRIPTION

Welcome to the Chess Openings course for beginners!

The purpose of this course is to create a fun learning environment whereby learners can learn a new chess opening every week for 5 weeks! During each week, we will go over a new chess opening for either white or black. We will look at different variations and lines within the opening to best understand how to respond to certain moves made by the opponent. After the learner has learnt some of the lines, we will play a game together (if time allows it) to put to test whether the lines are effective or not. Learning new chess openings is vital to one's chess game. Knowing how to open a game of chess without blundering your pieces early on is a sure way of not losing so quickly. Furthermore, the greater your opening knowledge, the more chance you have of winning the opening games in any chess match. And not just that, learning new openings and understanding the chess line variations is really healthy for one's critical thinking and problem solving which is embedded in chess!

The course is going to be instructional/lecture based but interactive through the use of Chess.com's analysis board and plenty of CCQs (concept-check questioning).

In regards to what the Chess opening course is going to cover, below is a quick summary of what each week will cover:
Week 1: The Italian Game
Week 2: The Ruy-Lopez
Week 3: The French Defense
Week 4: The Pirc–Robatsch Defense and Karo-Kann Defense
Week 5-7: The Queen Pawn Openings
Week 8: English Opening, Sokolky's Opening, Bird's Opening

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

How to correctly play openings
How to survive in the first few moves in the chess openings
How to avoid mistakes and traps in the openings
How to memorize the long chess variations

WHO THIS COURSE IS FOR

The course is designed for students of any age, who know how to move chess pieces, but don't know how to start the game

REQUIREMENTS

PC/iPad w/ webcam, Chess.com and Lichess.org accounts and chess set

PREREQUISITES

No

COURSE INCLUDES

Week 1: The Italian Game
Week 2: The Ruy-Lopez
Week 3: The French Defense
Week 4: The Pirc–Robatsch Defense and Karo-Kann Defense
Week 5-7: The Queen Pawn Openings
Week 8: English Opening, Sokolky's Opening, Bird's Opening

ABOUT INSTRUCTOR

Yakov Zusmanovich was born in Moscow and he lived there for nearly 30 years. After graduating from Moscow University of Civil Engineering he worked as an air pollution control engineer, there are several publications by him in this field. Later on in the USA he changed his profession and he became a mainframe computer programmer.