The opening is the most important phase of the game in chess because you have to come out swinging, desperately attempting to punish the slightest inaccuracy by your opponent. At any level in chess, from beginner to World Champion, the player who is able to achieve rapid pressure in the opening is going to have better chances of maintaining a long-term advantage.

In this chess course GM Damian Lemos demonstrates how the beginner player should perceive the opening and plan a successful approach by aiming for strong control of the center, rapid development and early threats!

This Course is targeted at beginner chess players, guaranteed to vastly improve your understanding of the opening and how to start winning games from the very first moves!

Learn the basic opening rules!

In this chess course GM Damian Lemos explains the basic concepts of the opening: explaining the basic rules and guidelines for minor piece development towards the center, while also showing a few typical mistakes in this phase of the game.

  • In the first example we have a brief review of the basics,
  • In the second example we dive into the game Morphy vs McDonell where white wins thanks to a rapid lead in development.
  • In the third video we see black lose too many tempi with his queen in the early stages of the game, for which he will be punished very dearly!
  • In the fourth video, we study a gambit where black prioritizes his development in place of material game
  • In chapters 5-6 we examine a few games by the former World Chess Champions Capablanca and Alekhine – all the while emphasizing their energetic and attentive styles of play from the very first moves.
  • Lastly, we will analyze a game where white plays very ambitiously in the opening to create powerful long-term outposts to stage a deadly attack!


GM Damian Lemos (FIDE 2559)

Damian Lemos was no stranger to success at an early age, achieving the FIDE Master title at 14 years old, International Master at 15, and Grandmaster at 18. In his courses, Damien works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected. By developing specifically tailored training regimens, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches can only dream of.

Course Curriculum

Video Lesson
1. Introduction 00:14:00
2. Morphy vs McConell 00:18:00
3. Shaw vs Zeidler 00:30:00
4. Horn vs Liardet 00:20:00
5. Capablanca vs Scott 00:24:00
6. Levenfish vs Alekhine 00:37:00
PGN files 00:00:00

Course Reviews


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  1. I really enjoy the training and the explanations by GM Damian


    I don’t consider myself as a beginner but I really enjoy the training and the explanations by GM Damian. The way he interprets every move and teaches with only 6 games to crush your opponent is awesome!

  2. Mistakes in opening..


    I think a good course for intermediate players who knew openings principles very well, but not for a very beginners players..in general a good examples for mistakes in openings,,,,


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