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Understanding Chess Openings

Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko

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This course is a deep exploration of chess openings by International Grandmaster Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko.


Understanding Chess Openings

Understanding Chess Openings

by Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko


Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko has been a Chess International Grandmaster since 2005, and was Ukraine's 2016 Chess Champion. Having played chess since he was four, the grandmaster now shares the lessons from his long and successful career.

In this course, Oleksiyenko shares valuable lessons on how to start a chess game in a way that sets you up to win. The grandmaster takes us through the strategies he has used in his most memorable games, with explanations so simple that even a complete beginner can follow along.

Oleksiyenko makes the course even more interesting by discussing several of the most costly failures in chess history, demonstrating how failing to implement his simple strategies can even lead even the pros to disaster. By highlighting the most costly mistakes, this course teaches us to avoid them right from the get-go.

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You will need all of your pawns and all of your pieces, so it's only logical to develop them as fast as possible to the best of your abilities.

- Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko

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