Chess Opening Principles - Master the Fundamentals with a GM
The #1 Course Every Beginner Should Start With

What you will learn

The three main opening principles you should follow.

Why the commonly given opening advice to “castle early” is not a good idea.

The four most common mistakes made by beginners in the opening.

The philosophy behind chess openings and gambits.

Which are the two weak squares at the start of the game.

How to punish your opponents when they deviate from opening principles, and much more…



“An invaluable resource for players new to the game, as well as the more experienced ones just wanting to fill in any gaps regarding their Opening fundamentals.” – Kevin Denny

“The best basic chess lesson I’ve seen online!” – Dave Browne

“Terrific. Gets straight to the core instruction that early-stage players need. Best I have experienced on the topic of ‘openings’.” – Roland Kennedy

“Excellent course, clear and concise explanations with examples. A must course for beginners and possible intermediate players.” – Johnathan San

“This course has helped me so much with my openings. I am a beginner and only have a rating of 300. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn how to start a game of chess.“ – Sam Baker

These are just a few of the hundreds of reviews I’ve received since publishing this course on my website.
And now, I’m very excited to share it with you on Udemy.


During my journey to the Grandmaster Title and subsequent coaching over 10 years, I observed that one of the most common mistakes beginners make, and about 99,9% of them make it, is diving into openings without understanding the opening principles.

As a result, they memorize move sequences but lack a profound understanding of what they’re fighting for and the purpose of their moves. Not surprisingly, when their opponent deviates from the scripted moves (which happens frequently), they have no clue what to do next.

“After watching these videos, I realized how silly my openings were.” – Anirudh Gazelli


Conversely, when you deeply understand the opening philosophy, the objectives of the opening phase, optimal piece development, critical squares, castling decisions, and more, you’ll understand any opening you’ll learn in the future much easier. You’ll know how to punish your opponent’s mistakes, and you’ll never be like, “Hm.. what’s next?”

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With strong fundamentals, you’ll be able to go much higher than anyone, who skipped this important step and quite soon found themselves hitting a plateau.

As Michael Jordan said, “Get the fundamentals down, and the level of everything you do will rise.”


In this course, I’ll take you on a journey to build a solid foundation of opening principles, so that, based on it, whatever openings you learn in the future, you’ll understand it better and learn more easily.

If you’re already familiar with some openings but lack a solid grasp of the underlying principles, no worries – we’ll fill in those gaps.

“I’ve been playing chess for a couple of years and was aware of the opening principles, but this really went to the next level in cementing them!” – Matt Teer

“This was incredibly helpful. There were several principles I already used, but I did not know why. This was the first course that actually explained the reason why very well. Thank you!” – Aaron Chapman

The good news is mastering these opening principles will be very easy. They’re not numerous, and they are very logical.

At the end of the course, I’ll also recommend resources where you can learn strong and data-proven openings for White and Black.

But first, let’s learn the fundamentals fundamentally.

See you inside the course 🙂

With best wishes and love,
International Chess Grandmaster,
Avetik Grigoryan




The ultimate goal in chess
Story of my friend
What are the best squares for the pieces
The center and the downtown
3 best setups
Example 1
Example 2
The two principles
Don’t bring your Queen out early
The exception
Don’t move the pieces twice
Just follow the principles
Egoistic development
Senseless moves with pawns
What we’ve learned so far
The unequal value of pawns
The philosophies of the openings
The ideas of gambits
Why “Castle early” is bad advice
A trick for winning a tempo
When to castle opposite side
Don’t castle just for castling
The King in the center
The takeaways
The worst move
The Knight sacrifice on move 3!
A common mistake beginners make
What about f4 move?
f2 and f7 weaknesses
c2 and c7 weaknesses
Your next move
See you soon? 🙂