Getting Better at Chess with iChess Club

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Getting better at chess is fortunately not very difficult with an iChess Club membership.

One of the fundamental principles to getting better at chess is

the keep it simple approach and that less is more!

Your Club membership at keeps everything you need to get better at chess in one place.

Although it might not have a physical presence, knowledge can weigh you down as surely as carrying hundreds of chess books in a suitcase.

The secret to carrying vast amounts of chess knowledge effortlessly is to add a little more slowly. 

You can effortlessly improve your physical strength by adding ankle weights while walking. Similarly, you strengthen your capacity to carry knowledge by adding a little more each year.

Your iChess Club membership is like a gym membership that helps you build up your chess knowledge but this membership saves you time and money!

You also get to take it with you when you travel thanks to live-streaming!

However, both physical strength and increasing your capacity for knowledge need a solid foundation. A solid foundation for getting stronger and getting better at chess is principle-based!

That makes it a lot easier to get started on the road to improvement.

There is no substitute for hard work, but when the work is improving at chess it doesn’t feel very hard or much like work. The incredible exclusive discounts club members get brings top-quality instruction on all phases of chess within reach.

You can find out more about the many benefits of becoming an iChess Club Member at our FAQ Page and if you still have questions our friendly staff will gladly answer them for you.

One of the most popular presenters at iChess is IM Anna Rudolf. Learn how to choose an opening that fits you.

Although many players fall into the trap of spending too much time studying the opening it is essential to have a way to safely negotiate the opening moves of a chess game.

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes

Getting Better at Chess By Learning the Opening Principles

There can be no doubt knowing the theory of buoyancy is a lot more helpful than only knowing how to build a raft. Understanding why a raft floats allows you to make many different types of watercraft.

When you understand how chess openings work, you will find getting better at chess openings a lot easier. Memorizing the moves works well only if your opponent sticks to theory.

How does it help you to know the first nineteen moves of the Open Ruy Lopez if your opponent plays the Steinitz variation? Maybe it is a passive defense, but do you know how to take advantage of a passive but solid position?

Fortunately, a 40% Club Member discount makes improving all three phases of the game very affordable!

As an iChess Club member you get access to a vast array of Members Only premium VECO videos on the opening. Update weekly the Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings (VECO) will help you learn the ideas behind the opening.

Presented by top coaches and titled players you get unlimited access to the ideas, tactics and essential theory of the opening. Your iChess club membership makes it easier than ever to learn new openings or change your opening repertoire.

These high-quality opening videos free up your budget for courses to improve your essential middlegame and endgame skills.

When it comes to giving you an edge against your opponents your iChess Club membership delivers in many ways.

The Three Crucial Opening Principles You Must-Know

There are many different ways of playing the opening, but it is accepted the three main principles of every successful opening are:

  1. Control the center.
  2. Develop your pieces actively.
  3. King safety.

Everything else in an opening flows from these three main branches. Getting better at chess means becoming very familiar with these three principles.

Keep in mind that these principles will help you in the openings and in the middlegame and endgame too!

Many of the iChess exclusive Master Method series training courses include grandmaster tips and techniques on all three game phases.

Remember, your monthly iChess Club coupon is valid for a full year and is stackable!

Save those coupons until you have enough credit to treat yourself to that perfect training course. Although your iChess Club monthly coupon is automatically applied to your order, you can save it by clicking on “Remove.”

Every month you can remind yourself that step-by-step, you are moving closer to unlocking a wealth of chess wisdom guaranteed to improve your game!

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Great Chess Games Are Built on Principled Play

What seems like a little thing can prove the essential building block for much greater things. Using these principles as the foundation of your opening play will allow you to reach sound middlegame positions.

Imagine how much time you will save in a blitz or rapid game if you only think about three principles. Instead of trying to remember if you play …Bf5 or …Be6 on move 12, you can ask, “Can I develop a piece actively?” or “Is my king safe?”

Firstly, answering the last two questions is a lot easier during the game. Secondly, one of the easiest ways of getting better at chess openings is to reduce your mistakes.

Getting Better at Chess Openings Is All About Time

Time is a crucial component in getting better at chess in many aspects of the game. Using your time wisely at the board and away from it is essential.

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There is no getting around the fact you need to study some opening theory. Getting better at chess means knowing when and how to break the rules, and theory is your guide.

For example, if you play a gambit, you could give up a pawn for a lead in development. Knowing some theory will guide you in making use of your development advantage.

Until your rating is above 2000 Elo, your main goal in getting better at chess should be reaching a safe position. Allow the increase in your opponent’s playing strength to decide how much opening study you need.

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Using Time Wisely in the Game Is Essential

In a chess game, time is a critical factor. Your material advantage won’t help you if your pieces can’t get back in time to defend your king.

This does not mean a material advantage is not important, but it is not the most important advantage.

Always consider how much gaining material will cost you in time. 

Remember, it is not only the time to win material you must consider. It would be best to consider how much time it will take to get your piece back in play.

When you play a gambit for a lead in development, don’t give up your advantage in your rush to regain your material.

If you find yourself behind in development, don’t waste any more time getting your pieces developed.

Choosing a Sound Opening Helps You in Getting Better at Chess

Be sure to make full use of your access as an iChess Club member to the VECO library of chess openings. Here is IM Anna Rudolf teaching us how to go about building an opening repertoire the right way.

IM Anna Rudolf teaches us how to build an opening repertoire

Unless your opponent blunders early, you will win most of your games in the middlegame and endgame. A sound and versatile opening is the Three Knights Game.

Playing an opening with a low theoretical workload gives you time to get better at chess middlegames and endgames. Here is how play might unfold.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3

three knights game starting position. Cutting down the amount of time you spend studying openings is crucial to getting better at chess.
Three Knights Game starting position.

3…Nf6 is best met by transposing to the Scotch Four Knights Opening with 4.d4. By using this move order, you are cutting down the options available to Black.

Apart from 3…Nf6 black has tried 3…g6 or 3…d6. 

Both these moves can get met with 4.d4!

A natural response to 3.Nc3 is 3…Bb4, which is a bad move because it allows 4.Nd5 with c3 to follow.

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Three Knights Game with 3…Bb4

In this game, Wen Yang shows how to play against the solid but passive 3…d6. Here is a classic example of the power you can generate by centralizing your pieces.

Wen Yang – Lan, Zilun, 1-0, TCh-CHN 2017

Black resigned because 25…dxe5 allows 26.Qc5 when checkmate on e7 is unavoidable. 25…Kf8 allows 26.Be7 leading to a heavy loss of material after 26…Ke8 27.Bxd6+ with a mate to follow soon.

Against 3…g6, Mihail Kobalia played a fantastic attacking game before transitioning into a won endgame. This against a player rated 100 Elo higher than him. 

Black never managed to get his king out of the center, and it took all the chess skills of a 2700 rated player to defend until the endgame. 

Kobalia, Mihail – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar, 1-0, FIDE World Blitz 2013

Final Thoughts

Getting better at chess openings, middlegames, and endgames is not difficult if you use chess principles. These principles have stood the test of time and helped chess players become world champions.

They will form a great foundation, but mastery of anything will always include a systematic learning process and a willingness to work hard.

Many talented chess players who relied on talent have fallen aside, while hard-working players of lesser skill have become titled players. 

World champions like Botvinnik and Tal spent a lot of time analyzing their games. Their effort was well-rewarded, and yours will be too!

A big part of getting better at chess is learning how to save time. Another aspect you are sure to enjoy is saving money while getting better at chess.

Why wouldn’t you want to get a 40% discount on courses by the top players and chess coaches in the world today? Especially when it comes at no cost to you.

There are no long-term contracts and if circumstances in your life make it necessary to cancel your membership we’ve made that painless for you too. Simply click on “My Account”, “My Subscription”, and “Cancel”.

On top of all of the other benefits, your first month will only cost $1! That’s right, for only $1, you get all the Club membership benefits, including unlimited access to member videos covering a variety of essential chess topics!

Getting better at chess was never this easy nor this affordable!

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