Piece Development

In this course we will look at different guiding principles to ensure that in the majority of positions you know approximately what to do in order to get good squares for your pieces.

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3 Total lessons
1.2 Hours of video
11 Exercises
Beginner Level
PGN-Files Available

About the course

One of the most important things in chess is to make sure that we get our pieces to as good squares as possible in the opening stages. If we fail to do this then our opponent will have an advantage from the very beginning of the game and very often, we will not be able to recover. Knowing how to place our pieces correctly and where to place our pieces is not a very easy task because depending on the opening different features of the position will require different adjustments. For example, in certain pawn structures we may want to put our bishop on the d3-square while in other pawn structures we want to put our bishop on the e2-square and sometimes these differences can be very subtle. In this course we will look at more of the fundamental guiding principles to ensure that in the majority of positions you know approximately what to do in order to get good squares for your pieces and to not give your opponent ahead start so to speak. Speaking of the opponent we should also watch out not just for what we are doing in the opening or what we should do in the opening but also watch out for how our opponent is developing his pieces and whenever we can we want to both try and frustrate him from completing a good development of his pieces and also make sure that he does not do the same to us because a crafty opponent will be seeking to find ways to make our development less harmonious. Therefore, if sometimes you find yourself getting awkward positions out of the opening or not quite sure where you should place your pieces and want some general tips and pointers on how to improve this then this is the course for you. This course is intended for players with a FIDE rating of 1000-1200 ELO, but also improvers and intermediate players can benefit from this course. A complete set of PGNs of everything covered in this course can be downloaded and will help you to analyze it at your own pace and convenience.

Course structure

Lesson 1 Getting good Pieces out of the Opening - Part I
27:36
  • Getting good Pieces in the Opening - Part I
    27:36
  • 3 Exercises
  • PGN Files and Summary
Lesson 2 Getting good Pieces out of the Opening - Part II
26:27
  • Getting good Pieces in the Opening - Part II
    26:27
  • 3 Exercises
  • PGN Files and Summary
Lesson 3 General Openings Explained
20:13
  • General Openings Explained
    20:13
  • 5 Exercises
  • PGN Files and Summary
  • IM Alex Astaneh
  • IM Konstantin Kavutskiy

IM Alex Astaneh

Alex Astaneh is an Irish chess player and gained the International Master title in 2011. He is a three-time Irish Champion and joined the Irish Olympiad Team for three times. He has also many years of teaching experience and offers individual training or seminars for big chess clubs. Besides regular coaching, Alex is also active on social media and provides instructive and entertaining video streaming and publishes chess videos on his channels.

2427
ELO (Peak: 2438)
1681
World Rank

IM Konstantin Kavutskiy

International Master Kostya Kavutskiy is a professional American chess player. In addition to playing chess all the United States and Europe, Kostya is also a successful coach, writer, and has recently started streaming and publishing videos on YouTube. His first book, "Modernized: The Open Sicilian", was published in Spring 2015.

2424
ELO (Peak: 2430)
1741
World Rank

What you’ll learn:

  • How and where to place your pieces correctly.
  • Different guiding principles to ensure that in the majority of positions you know approximately what to do in order to get good squares for your pieces.

Target Audience

Beginner (ELO 1000-1200)

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