Chess.com's Openings Database Covers almost 2 million Games by Chess Masters.

 

A first step toward learning chess openings is to learn and play several openings that are in opular use by good chess players. This is much better than stumbling immediately into unsafe territory and demonstrating to your opponent that you do NOT know how to open a game. It will also help you determine if your opponent seems to have sufficient valid opening experience.

 

Chess.com - Openings Study Plan For Intermediate Players

 

Learn 1.e4 openings

 

The following links represent the fundamental openings that chess.com suggests for intermediate chess players.

 

Ruy Lopez - Morphy Defense - Closed

 

Ruy Lopez - Marshall Attack

 

Scotch Game

 

Scotch Game - Mieses

 

Scotch Game - Classical

 

Scotch Game - Steinitz French Defense

 

French Defense - Exchange

 

French Defense - Winawer

 

French Defense - Classical

 

French Defense -- Tarrasch Variation

 

Caro Kann

 

Caro Kann -- Classical/Main Line

 

Caro Kann -- Advanced

 

Caro Kann -- Panov-Botvinnik Attack

 

Sicilian -- Open Variation

 

Sicilian -- Closed Variation

 

Sicilian -- Smith-Morra Gambit

 

Alekhine's Defense

 

Scandinavian Defense

 

The Pirc/Modern Defense

 

King's Gambit

 

Learn 1.d4 openings:

 

Nimzo-Indian Defense

 

Queen's Indian Defense

 

King's Indian Defense - KID

 

Grunfeld Defense

 

Benko Gambit Benoni Defense

 

Slav -- Botvinnik Semi-Slav

 

Learn 1.c4 and/or 1.Nf3 openings:

 

Open Catalin

 

Closed Catalan

 

English Symmetrical

 

Botvinnik - English Structure

 

Reti

 

3. After grasping the concept of how opening lines can tranpose into one another in chess, try to recognize how/where Transpositions occur in your own openings. Make sure you understand that sometimes an early board position can arrive from different move orders. Example: Slav 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 is exactly equivalent to English Opening 1.c4 c6 2.d4 d5

 

For several years I have had a basic (free) membership on chess.com, but I have never explored the benefits.

 

I would like to know whether the basic(free) chess.com plan may be adequate to meet the needs of students who participate actively in the Tasby/Conrad Chess Clubs, but I am not sure. I have found that you need to unlock Explorer to study the game database. Explorer is limited unless you have at least the Gold premium membership. I am beginning to see that the basic membership may not be good for much more than an opportunity to play online and improve one's rating. It looks like you cannot solve more than one tactics problem per day at the basic level.

 

At a recent Dallas Chess Club tournament, someone suggested that free chess.com benefits include the opportunity to play unlimited games online, develop a chess.com rating, play against the computer, and participate in tournaments. I do not know if the basic membership allows someone to access all the games (s)he plays (without having to download or save them individually) or to save a basic analysis of each game.

 

Chess.com says that basic members enjoy limited access to "some learning tools" (whatever that means). I would like for an interested player to try to assess the opportunities at the basic membership level and identify the shortcomings of basic membership: game limits, tournament limits, playing against the computer, chess lessons, game analyses, access to performance statistics, etc. Specifically, we need to determine the relative strengths of chess.com and chesstempo.com. Overall, I believe that Chess.com is vague regarding the features at each membership level. Here are some comments that I have seen re. chess.com membership levels:

 

The Diamond Level videos are much better than those on YouTube (subjective).

 

Chess Mentor is GREAT (subjective).

 

Tactics Trainer is the best one on the net (subjective).

 

If you want the videos, go for Diamond.

 

Forget about Gold; don't waste your money (subjective).

 

Basic: No Tactics?, Unlimited Games and Tournaments?, No Lessons, No Game Analysis?

 

Gold: 25 Tactics per Day, 5 Lessons per Day, Some Computer Analysis

 

Platinum: Unlimited Tactics, 10 Lessons per Day, Deep(er) Computer Analysis

 

Diamond: More money, more or better features, more hype.

 

 

On March 30, 2018 I subscribed to a free, one-week Gold membership that will cost me $29 per year. My subscription will allow us to compare features with those of the basic membership. The gold plan allows five lessons per day, and 25 tactics problems per day (ChessTempo allows unlimited problems, even at the free membership level).