4 Best chess openings for beginners

In this article, we are going to see the 5 best chess openings for beginners. As a beginner player, you should more focus on middlegame and endgame. The opening should be your side part. That’s why we will see a simple opening which you can prepare easily.

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Is opening preparation necessary?

This is a very hard question to answer. I would personally say that opening preparation is not much necessary if you are a beginner or even 1400-1500 FIDE rated. You should mostly focus on middlegame and tactics. Already we have published more than 10 articles about middlegame. you can read that articles.

But in this article, we will see 4 major chess openings which are very easy to prepare and beginners can play easily.

Best chess openings for beginner

1- Reti opening 

Richard Reti was a person to find this reti variation. Reti variation is one of the safest variations from white. You can play the first 10-20 moves fearlessly. We will see more about reti opening in another article.

You can do a standard plan in reti which is Nf3, g3, Bg2, 0-0, d3, Nbd2, e4.

Watch Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik’s games for more insights.

2- Pirc defense

Pirc defense is also a very safe opening from the black side to play. You will defiantly need some preparation to play this line. Pirc is not so much famous on top-level but many players play this line and they are rated around 2550-2600.

You will not need deep preparation. I will recommend you to watch a DVD of Grandmaster Victor Bologan on Modern Pirc.

There are mainly 2 lines which you have to prepare properly, 1st is Austrian attack and 2nd is mainline. Both give some kind of comfortable position to white but still black is fine in every position.

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3- Larsen opening 

1.b3 is called a Larsen opening. This also becomes popular in recent times. White has some very simple plans to play. Min point of this line to activate white’s black square bishop and play with that bishop.

in recent times many players played this b3 opening as their main weapon. Some players include Jobava Badur, Rapport Richard, etc. You can watch this player’s games and get some insights.

For this line, I will suggest playing as many games as possible on your computer or with a friend.

4- Nimzo Indian defense

This is opening which we can play against white’s move 1.d4. Nimzo Indian is the most popular opening in recent times. This opening has some plans which are almost similar in all variation. That’s why it is a very simple line to prepare as a beginner. I will recommend preparing this line from your coach.

You can read our article series on Nimzo Indian Defence which you can see from here. You will get a lot of information from these articles.

Follow top players’ games and analyze that games when you will start preparing Nimzo Indian Defence.

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How to prepare chess openings?

Here are some tips from which will help you to prepare chess openings

1- Practice online – Every time you will prepare a new line, don’t forget to play online and try. After every game analyzes all the games which you played. Don’t play more than 10 games in a single sitting.

2- Learn openings from coach – You should hire some coach to teach you openings. The coach will save your time a lot and he can help you in solving your queries. You can find the good coach on lichess coaches or chess.com coaches section.

3- Buy books of that openings – You have to invest some money if you really want to become a strong chess player. Purchase a book of your favorite opening and start your preparation. You can purchase books from quality chess or thinkers publications etc.

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7 chess tips to win every game you play on chess.com

In this article, we are going to see the 10 tips to win every game you play on chess.com or any other chess websites such as lichess or play chess. If you are a beginner player then defiantly this article will help you a lot.

Currently, chess is growing at 10x speed due to movie queen’s gambit and that’s why competition on chess.com has been increased quite a lot. A lot of players are playing online chess. Let’s see the top 10 chess tips to win every chess game you play on chess.com. Some tips are maybe not useful or you will not like that tips.

1- Solve puzzles before playing 

Solving small tactics sharpens your play. Try to solve at least 10 easy puzzles on lichess or chess.com wherever you like. For beginners, solving puzzles is key to improve your rating.

Just start solving puzzles before playing any games. Take a little hard puzzle than your actual level.

2- Concentrate

Concentrate on your game only. Many players listen to songs or eat in-between games. don’t do that. If you really want to win then you have to concentrate. Concentration is the key to win your game.

For improving your concentration you can practice meditation or yoga before playing games. Even if you do daily yoga and meditation then it will be beneficial for you in all aspects of life.

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3- Don’t Accept the takebacks 

This is the rule specifically for beginner players. Don’t accept takeback ever. You are not doing charity. Most people will not accept takeback and you should also do the same. I see many players accept takeback and lose their game and then post on the Facebook group. So better way is not to give takeback.

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4- Invest in Mouse.

A lot of players play with a laptop touchpad. I will insist you purchase a good quality mouse and mousepad for you to play a better game. You can play defiantly fast with a mouse.

A good mouse will cost anywhere between $10-$30. Every second is important in online chess games. In the blitz game, you will at least save 5-7 seconds by using the mouse.

5- Stick to one opening

People don’t prepare for online games. Most play to spend their time or to do time pass. So it is better if you stick to one opening with black and one with white only. Day by day you will gain experience in playing those positions and you will get confident.

You can study good openings from various books or lichess and chess.com itself. It is the best way to learn to open from the coach. A coach can train you better than self-study.

6- Play limited games 

Don’t play too many games in one day. I will suggest that playing a maximum of 9 -11 in a day will be best. If you play too many games then you will get bored and results will not come properly.

Focus on that 10 games and give your best. The other side of playing limited games is that you will also feel the scarcity of games and so effectively you will concentrate on the games more.

7- Study basic endgames

Endgame position came in last moves and at the same time, you face time pressure. Studying basic chess endgames is very important for players. Just start with 100 endgames you must know the book. In this book, he has given the best practical position that every player should know. This book is a little bit difficult to do daily 5-6 positions and after finishing, again do 5-6 positions. The best way to do that is to buy chessable course of the endgame. You will learn a lot from that book.


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This 5 youtubers will actually improve your chess strength

After the release of queen’s gambit on Netflix, chess showed a 5x user increase. Various new streamers, new players came and started recording videos and recording them. Many people don’t have real strength and just uploading videos from which you will learn nothing. If you want to become a strong chess player from a hobby chess player then you should definitely look into these youtube channels without wasting any time.

1- Agadmator chess channel

Antonio Radic who is also known as Agadmator on youtube just hits his 1 million subscribers and he is 1st one who has crossed 1M in chess. Agadmator generally analyses games from top players. He is always on time and analyses the latest top-level games. In his channel, you will see only chess content and nothing else. This channel is definitely suitable for those who are currently rated below 1800.

2- Gotham chess 

IM lavy Rozman is a very strong player from the united states of America. He started his youtube journey in 2020, In just 1 year he gained almost 600K subscribers. His style of teaching is awesome and he is also a top chess streamer on youtube. Gotham’s current rating is 2421. He also launched 5 courses on chess which you can purchase from his official website.

3- GM Hikaru

Hikaru Nakamura, the most famous personality in online chess. He posts regular videos on youtube. He analyses and plays games and his commentary is very entertaining as well as educational. He is one of the top players in chess if we consider rapid and blitz chess. Honestly, you will not learn much from him but you will enjoy his analysis style.

4- Ichess 

Ichess is a fully educational channel. Ichess is one of the biggest websites for online courses. Recently their website is brought by world champion Magnus Carlsen’s company play Magnus. They post regular videos about chess and their quality is also super high. They generally post-opening related content on there channel. Check out their website – https://www.ichess.net/

5- IM Eric Rozen 

IM Eric Rosen who is also from the USA. He currently has a 350k+ subscriber base. Recently in 2020 he also started youtube. He is also famous on twitch. He is very polite whenever he speaks something. He also plays rapid or blitz games on lichess and analyses.

This is our pick of 5 chess YouTubers who actually teach chess and not do timepass on streams. If you know more then let us know in the comment section

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How to get WFM chess title ?

The world chess federation (FIDE) has many titles. WFM is one of these titles. To get the WFM chess title there are certain regulations. Long-form of WFM is Women Fide Master. Fide introduced the WFM title in 1978. Fide has also given many titles to encourage women chess players such as Women Grandmaster, Women International Master, Women Candidates Master, Women Fide Master, etc.

Beth Harmon from the famous web series queen’s gambit on Netflix.

How to get the WFM chess title?

To get the WFM title there are few criteria. following are some requirements to get the WFM title.

  • WFM title awarded only to women.
  • You need to cross the 2100 FIDE rating mark
  • besides that FIDE also gives WFM title to many players who place in the top 3 in various ager group events such as Asian championship and world championship etc.

What does WFM mean in chess?

WFM means Women Fide Master. WFM is a prestigious title to get. WFM also eligible to get free entry in some tournaments and they are also able to play few strong tournaments due to their title. There are only 895 players who able to become WFM in a chess career.

Is GM or IM better in chess?

Obviously, the GM title is better than the IM title. To achieve Grandmaster you have to cross the 2500 elo mark and to become the international master you have to cross the 2400 elo mark. There are less than 2000 players who became grandmaster successfully. To become grandmaster you will need continuous dedication and hard work

What does wym mean in chess?

WIM is the title given to women international masters. There are very few players who get this title. For this title, you have to reach a 2200 Elo rating and achieve 3 IM norms. In some tournaments fide also grant titles to champions. Getting this tile is not an easy job.

Is WFM higher than GM?

Obviously not. Grandmaster requires 2500 elo points and WFM requires only 2100 Elo points. Grandmaster criteria also require to achieve 3 GM norms but WFM doesn’t require any norms.

watch these 2 amazing games played by titled player WFM Alexandra Botez.

If you want to read in detail about women Fide master then click here 




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7 things why lichess is best website to play and study chess

Lichess is currently one of the most popular websites to play chess. Thibault Duplessis from France formed lichess in 2010. As of September 15, 2020, lichess.org had a global rank of 1,307 at Alexa, with most of its visitors coming from the United States, India, and Germany.

Lichess is a completely free service to everyone and they don’t have a big team. Lichess is my personal favorite website because of its playing experience. Here are some key points why I think lichess is the best website all over the world.

1- Completly Free

Lichess is completely free and there are very few businesses that run absolutely free. If lichess started to run google ads then it can easily earn thousands of dollars. When I am writing this article there are 127000+ players who are playing on lichess. Currently, lichess is the only website in chess that is completely free and has huge traffic. Lichess uses patron model to fund their cost. When anyone donates any amount then they get a special Patreon. The badge on there profile. There are various lichess users who have donated to lichess in the form of lifetime membership. This membership is priced at 250USD.

2- Lichess analysis tools

Currently, I think lichess is one of the best tools to analyze your own games. Go to tools- analysis board and then you will able to analyze your game. Currently, lichess is using stockfish 12 which is also completely free to use source engine.

3- Puzzles

Recently lichess redesigned their puzzle section. Those who are finding good puzzles then they should defiantly solve lichess puzzles. In last month lichess started the puzzle dashboard and puzzle storm. Lichess also included 63000 puzzles in their lichess database. These puzzles are open source and can be downloaded in PGN and can be used to create any data or ebook or etc.

In puzzle storm, you will get 3 min and you have to solve maximum puzzles. Other websites started similar features before lichess but they offered in premium package. Lichess is 1st website to launch this feature for free. You can download these puzzles from here – https://database.lichess.org/

4- Lichess Coaches

Lichess only allows coach applications from titled players. That’s why spammers and fake profiles are not entertained. Lichess also offers a separate page for coaches where they can attach their photos and accomplishments. All applications are verified by lichess team members.

Lichess also offers a lichess classes section where you can add your students and send them messages, notes and track their progress. This feature is also exclusively available on lichess only. apply from here – https://lichess.org/help/master

5-Organizing a tournament

It is very easy to create tournaments on lichess. Players can also join the tournament with a link and password. This feature allows players to create tournaments with friends. Organizers also prefer lichess because it is very simple to use. Lichess also has good anti-cheating members.

You can easily create a tournament with various variants, swiss tournaments, club tournaments, club battles,s, etc.

6- Playing experience

The playing experience is also amazing on lichess. Lichess is very fast and has a very less lagging issue. I haven’t faced any server down issues on lichess. lichess also improving their playing experience from time to time. Lichess also offers many varients such as horde, king on the hill, chess 960, etc.

7- Open source code

All codes are free to use. You can use lichess codes to develop your website and it is amazing. there are no copyrights, patents,s, etc. Since lichess is always free to everyone, Thibault thinks that all codes should also be free. There are various websites that have inspired by lichess codes.

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