Chess for Beginners: Learn the Best Strategies to Improve (44+ hours)
When it comes to learning a new skill in chess, the first 20 hours are crucial.
This is where you lay the foundations of your understanding.
Make a mistake here, and all your future work rests on very shaky ground.
There are so many players in the 1800+ Elo range who still make errors based on decades-old faulty assumptions.
They lose game after game because of weak endgames or lack of positional understanding, spending years stuck at the same rating as they try to unlearn bad habits…
Imagine you’re sending a rocket to the moon. If you start just 1-degree off-course, you’ll end up missing by over 4000 miles – nearly twice the diameter of the moon.
It’s similar with chess. Whether you’re starting out in chess yourself, or coaching others, it pays to be on the right track from the very beginning.
If you want to make serious progress in the game, it’s what you do now that matters.
Are you looking to inject some fire into your chess openings, middlegame, and endgames so you steamroll your opponents and get explosive Elo gain?
This 44-hour mega bundle of chess strategies for beginners covers all the main pain points a chess player rated below 1800Elo faces on a daily basis and helps you fix them, improving your chess understanding and your overall game.
Kasparov’s Greatest Hits – GM Damian Lemos
Garry Kasparov is widely believed to be the best chess player in the history of the game. Kasparov’s accomplishments on the board are unparalleled, as the former World Chess Champion dominated the game with a fury.
Aside from a powerful desire to win and fighting spirit, what really distinguished Kasparov’s play was the incredibly high-level of his opening preparation.
Kasparov’s opening play frequently led to an enduring initiative that he would convert with dazzling sacrifices and overwhelming attacks.
In this 3-hour course, Grandmaster Damian Lemos explains 9 of Kasparov’s most instructive victories – focusing primarily on the opening technique that granted the former World Chess Champion strong positions from which to attack.
Fighting in the Endgame – FIDE Master Alisa Melekhina
Fighting in the endgame is a skill that can help players rack up those extra points.
FM Alisa Melekhina analyzes two of her own chess endgames, one in which she drew a pawn down, and another in which she pulled off a win in an equal rook ending.
You’ll be led through three major principles that can be applied in your own chess endgames:
- Mentally adapt to a change in the position.
- Resist by preventing your opponent from executing their only winning plan.
- Take advantage of complacency; force your opponent to make decisions.
About the Author:
Fide Master Alisa Melekhina is one of the top female chess players in the United States. Her peak rating is 2302 Elo and she is also a frequent contender in the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship.
Her instructional videos include topics on the c3 Sicilian, Advanced French, King’s Indian Defense, Fighting in the Endgame, Power of the Double Rooks, and Defeating Drawish Players.
The London System (Lemos Deep Dive) – GM Damian Lemos
The London System is a chess opening that usually starts with the moves 1.d4 and 2.Bf4 (or 2.Nf3 first, followed by 3.Bf4) by White.
This flexible chess opening is a weapon that you can use against virtually any Black defense and thus comprises a smaller body of opening theory than many other openings.
The London System is one of the Queen’s Pawn chess openings where White begins with the move 1.d4, but doesn’t play the Queen’s Gambit. It normally results in a closed game.
The best chess strategies for beginners in the London System are here!
About the Author:
Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina who has reached a rating of 2559 Elo.
Damian Lemos was no stranger to success from an early age, achieving the FIDE Master title at only 14 years old, International Master at 15, and Grandmaster at 18.
In his lessons, Damian 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 for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.
If you want an opening system to call your own, one which you can force your opponents into and then outplay them with your expertise, master the London System with GM Lemos’ Deep Dive course!
Anna’s Essential Endgames Course – IM Anna Rudolf
Most club players hate endgames.
With a clenched fist in the air, they’ll wail and shout that it’s much more fun to just line up their pieces, sac one of them, and deliver a brutal checkmate as a roaring crowd cheers them on…
…That’s much better than grinding out a tiring 60-move endgame win.
But what if this dream checkmate doesn’t happen and their opponent manages to wriggle out of trouble?
The pain of a feeble, unskilled handling of the resulting endgame…
…A win turned into a draw… or a draw turned into a loss…
But not for you.
This course makes things simple with IM Anna Rudolf shedding light on the endgames every serious chess player absolutely must know.
Mastering these techniques, you’ll soon be converting fundamental endgames with a well-practiced mastery.
Can you convert with a Bishop and Knight vs Lone King? You’re covered.
Can you assess the coming King and Pawn ending, even while there are still lots of pieces on the board? Sounds impossible, but there’s a simple trick making it easy in any position.
Join IM Anna and you’ll quickly be saving the toughest Rook Endings, winning the most drawish Opposite Color bishop endings, blocking dangerous passed pawns, and much more…
About the Author:
Anna Rudolf is an Olympic Chess-Player and three-time Hungarian Champion currently rated 2325 Elo. She has been able to accomplish the titles of International Master and Woman Grand Master.
She recorded her first video series in 2013 and since then, she has established herself as an acclaimed chess commentator, events streamer, and chess reporter.
Anna has participated as a commenter in many world-class events including the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships in Doha, the Paris and Leuven legs of the Grand Chess Tour, the 2016 Candidates Tournament, and the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku.
The Secrets to Mastering the Chess Opening (Beginner DVD) – GM Damian Lemos
In this chess course, Grandmaster 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, and 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 over material.
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!
Mastering Control of the Center (Beginner DVD) – GM Damian Lemos
“Mastering Control of the Center” features an exceptionally clear presentation by GM Damian Lemos, highlighting the basic concepts of controlling the center and tying that back in with basic opening strategies.
Viewers will see many chess strategies for beginners regarding different types of center structures as GM Lemos presents his favorite ways to play for an advantage in a variety of positions.
In chapters 1 and 2, GM Lemos presents a detailed analysis of how the former World Chess Champions Capablanca and Alekhine used central control to win key games.
Chapter 3 demonstrates a very effective method to establish control of the center and convert this to a powerful initiative and winning advantage. In the rest of the course, GM Lemos instructs viewers on how to play common central positions featuring an isolated pawn, loose pawns, and connected pawns with opportunities to create a sudden central break and passed pawns.
If you are a beginner chess player struggling in the opening or middlegame, this chess DVD will teach you how to incorporate strong central control into your repertoire and start winning more games immediately.
Chess Tactics of the Grandmasters (Beginner DVD) – GM Damian Lemos
Beginner chess players win and lose with tactics. It is just that simple for the beginner chess player. If you are not constantly looking for tactical opportunities to win material, gain space, or to seize the initiative, you are not playing good chess.
The best chess players win by forcing moves, which are moves that threaten tactics and make your opponent react. This chess DVD will teach you the basics of tactics and how to start winning more games immediately.
Intended for the beginner and intermediate audience, GM Damian Lemos produced ¨Chess Tactics of the Grandmasters¨ to explain to less experienced players that you must constantly be attentive to the tactical demands of any position.
This comprehensive chess DVD will teach you how to apply this fundamental principle in your games to stun your opponents and never leave yourself undefended!
Winning Chess Strategy for Beginners – GM Damian Lemos
Chess Strategy is the most difficult step in the road to improvement for beginners, requiring a deeper understanding of chess than simply tactics. You can think of combinations as math equations with a given, concrete result that you can prove. But strategy is more like describing the variables in this math problem and how changes will affect all aspects of the surrounding environment.
Play like Anatoly Karpov
Effective long-term strategy is what made one of the best players in the history of the game, Anatoly Karpov, so incredibly good. While beginner chess players should be proficient in tactical awareness and opening play, there should be a comprehensive approach that also incorporates strong strategic understanding.
In this comprehensive chess video/DVD, Grandmaster Damian Lemos explains how beginner chess players can develop a strong foundation in strategy and use this deeper understanding to create powerful long-term strategies that will crush opponents and instantly improve your results.
Play the Middlegame Like a Grandmaster (Beginner DVD) – Part 1 – GM Damian Lemos
Part 1 features hours of action-packed chess instruction, presented by Grandmaster Damian Lemos who explains the art of the middlegame and focuses on how you can start winning more games now! The middlegame is one of the hardest phases in the game for beginner players because there are no strict rules to guide your play (unlike the opening) and there are still most pieces on the board to consider.
If you are a beginner chess player looking to improve your tournament results IMMEDIATELY, this chess DVD is GUARANTEED TO HELP YOU PLAY BETTER!
The middlegame defines the outcome
Normally the middlegame is what defines the outcome of a game, where deeply understanding the tactical and strategic themes is more important than ever. In this chess DVD, GM Lemos analyzes various examples to teach viewers about a different way of thinking … a different approach to the middlegame.
Grandmaster Lemos illustrates his ideas by presenting numerous games from legendary players like Anand, Capablanca, and Steinitz, thoroughly demonstrating certain principles in the middlegame that are guaranteed to help you improve your game and your results.
Play the Middlegame Like a Grandmaster (Beginner DVD) – Part 2 – GM Damian Lemos
The most difficult phase of the game for beginner chess players is the middlegame because it is a constant time of transition, maximum tension, and a time of combining immediate tactical needs with long-term positional ideas. Most middlegames contain nearly all of the pieces still on the board, and the friction between opponents inevitably creates conflict, requiring complete attention to avoid forcing combinations. This chess video/DVD features hours of extremely high-quality instruction by experienced chess trainer Grandmaster Damian Lemos, reviewing the basic concepts of the middlegame and how to apply them successfully in your own games.
You MUST improve your middlegame!
If you are looking for chess strategies for beginners, this DVD is guaranteed to help you by improving the most important phase in the game. Chess has evolved significantly in the 21st and absolute precision is required to be successful. Grandmaster Lemos focuses on 6 games by Super-GMs to demonstrate how the best players in the world apply basic principles in the middlegame to achieve crushing attacks or long-term advantages to win games!
Play Aggressive Chess like a Grandmaster (Beginner DVD) – GM Damian Lemos
If you are not playing aggressive chess, you are not playing good chess. The game is just that simple!
If you come out swinging from the very first moves in a game, constantly striving to create threats and place pressure on your opponent you are going to be playing winning chess. If you employ the opposite style and try to create a solid position that your opponent can’t crack – you are going to be playing losing chess. In the 21st century, you must play aggressive chess to be successful.
This is true at any level, from absolute beginner all the way up to World Chess Champion; you must attack your opponent if you want to win the game! – FM William Stewart
Learn from current real-world Grandmaster games
“Play Aggressive Chess like a Grandmaster” features hours of elite chess instruction by Grandmaster Damian Lemos, reviewing recent games by Super-GMs to demonstrate how the best chess players in the world today are using aggressive chess to win important games.
It is fascinating how GM Lemos describes basic principles that beginner players can use in their games, and then goes on to show how players like Garry Kasparov, Magnus Carlsen, and Veselin Topalov have repeatedly used these exact same concepts in their own games at the highest levels.
This chess DVD is guaranteed to improve your game because you will start making the most out of every opportunity to create threats, place pressure on your opponent, and create problems that your opponent will be forced to solve.
Play Positional Chess like A Grandmaster (Beginner DVD) – GM Damian Lemos
Understanding positional chess is one of the most difficult concepts for beginner chess players because there are no concrete rules that apply to any given position. There are general guidelines, such as avoid placing your pawns on the same color as your bishop, however there are always exceptions and every position is different.
So how can beginner players improve their understanding and use of positional chess? Grandmaster Damian Lemos explains numerous basic principles for positional chess, providing the beginner player with a strong platform to start employing deeper ideas in their own games.
Improve your Middlegame with Positional Play
After watching this chess, beginner players will feel much more comfortable in the middlegame as you will truly understand how to apply different concepts in different positions. This method that is presented by GM Lemos is exponentially more effective than simple memorization of common rules.
If you are a beginner chess player that is trying to improve your tournament results but currently lack the deeper understanding of positional chess that is required to succeed at higher levels, this chess DVD is guaranteed to push you towards more profound plans and better results immediately!
How to Attack Like a Grandmaster (Beginner DVD) – GM Damian Lemos
The secret to winning chess games is very simple – YOU MUST ATTACK! If you like to open passively and slowly build a strong defensive position, you are playing bad chess! To win games in chess, you must be attacking. You can’t just wait for your opponent to make a mistake!
The best players in the world try to create at least one threat with every single move; why can’t beginner chess players do the exact same thing? This simple principle of consistently striving to attack your opponent is guaranteed to help you play better and improve your practical tournament results. Constantly creating problems and forcing your opponent to solve them is the mark of a good chess player, regardless of your level.
Learning from The Games of the Masters
In this chess DVD, Grandmaster Damian Lemos examines legendary attacking games that demonstrate the full process of several world chess champions. GM Lemos emphasizes the influence of attacking chess as one of the greatest driving forces in the game, repeatedly stressing that the attacker is ALWAYS favored! If you are a beginner player that simply wants to achieve better results, this chess DVD will push you strongly in the right direction.
How Grandmasters Defend Tough Positions (Beginner DVD) – GM Damian Lemos
In this chess DVD, GM Damian Lemos stresses the importance of paying attention to the underlying balance of the position and to remain alert to the changing dynamics of any position, and be ready to adapt and change to a more solid, defensive posture.
Learn when it’s time to switch into Defense Mode
Many beginner players are unable to defend well because all of their focus is on memorizing openings and playing into attacking patterns they have studied. However, if things don’t go according to their plans, they can be caught off guard and be forced to defend.
The art of defense can be extremely difficult to learn, especially for beginner players because it is very hard to know when it is appropriate to stop attacking and start defending. There is always a balance of power in chess, and sometimes your position is not strong enough for your attack.
How to Defend Tough Positions
If you are a beginner chess player and you aren’t able to defend tough positions, you are going to be giving away points for free because you will not be saving hard games. GM Lemos points out that to succeed at any level in chess, you must be versatile and able to defend tough positions!
Giving away free points just because you haven’t dedicated time to studying defense is definitely not going to help your rating out! If you are a beginner chess player looking to improve your game, this chess DVD is guaranteed to help your results skyrocket by not only saving draws in tough positions, but fighting back to win games that you would have quickly lost before!