Chess Openings – Essentials Training Course

This Chess Essentials course will teach you how to understand and play Chess Openings, even those that you don’t know

Hi, my name is Manuel Ocantos. I am a chess player, top ten of the country that I represent (Luxembourg).

What you’ll learn

  • Clearly identify the opening stage.
  • Apply opening principles to improve your play.
  • Reduce by half the time spent playing the opening stage.
  • Achieve much better middlegame positions, enabling you to win more games.
  • Know when to break opening principles.
  • Exactly know what to play against your opponent’s moves, even against those that you are not familiar with.
  • Dominate opening sacrifices.

Course Content

  • Introduction to the course –> 2 lectures • 4min.
  • Why opening matters, even for world champions –> 2 lectures • 5min.
  • What’s the opening and the most important idea in chess –> 5 lectures • 12min.
  • Development –> 10 lectures • 38min.
  • Castling –> 7 lectures • 28min.
  • Center –> 7 lectures • 29min.
  • Breaking principles –> 10 lectures • 52min.
  • Bring it all together –> 4 lectures • 13min.
  • Next steps –> 4 lectures • 40min.
  • Conclusion –> 1 lecture • 1min.

Chess Openings – Essentials Training Course


  • Know the chess rules.

Hi, my name is Manuel Ocantos. I am a chess player, top ten of the country that I represent (Luxembourg).

Are you having problems with the first moves of your games? This course will allow you to dominate chess openings.


In this course I will teach you everything you need to know to play the first 10-15 moves of a game

against any move that your opponent plays. You will learn how to apply principles so you’ll understand

what you will be doing in your games. You won’t have to memorize hundreds of lines to play the opening well.


This course is for beginners. You do not need any previous knowledge about chess besides knowing the rules.

For your convenience the squares of the board are marked to help you if you’re not familiar with chess notation.


You will learn the fundamental chess principles but more importantly when those principles can be broken.

Throughout the course you will be testing your skills. There are activity files to download so that you can take your time and analyze the positions that I give to solve.


If you are tired of getting bad positions in your games or intimated by your opponent’s confident play

together we’ll learn how to improve at this fascinating game.