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    Starting Out with 1. e4

    This special 30-lesson opening course teaches you a complete king's pawn opening system. Most chess games open with 1. e4 and this course shows you how to get off to a solid start. The course begins with opening principles, and goes on to cover all the major variations, along with classic Black mistakes you can exploit. Included quizzes help to both sharpen your tactics and deepen your understanding of the underlying positional principles.

    Chess U also offers a course on 1. d4 openings. Stay tuned for courses from Black's point of view that give you the tools to equalize the game when defending. 

    We do hope you enjoy the course and hope to see you win many wonderful games playing 1e4. Good luck!

    -- IM Levon Altounian

    • 1Scotch Game 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc...
    • 16Caro-Kann Apocalypse System...
    • 2Center-Counter Trap: White win...
    • 17A Variation on Legal's Mate...
    • 3Modern Defense: Disaster on f7...
    • 18Modern Defense: Exploiting Wea...
    • 41. e4 Nc6 - Nimzovich Defense...
    • 191. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 - Philidor ...
    • 5The Pirc and Modern Defenses...
    • 20Alapin Sicilian Part 3...
    • 6Ruy Lopez Trap...
    • 21Legal's Mate...
    • 71. e4 Nf6 - Alekhine's Defense...
    • 22Playing the Alapin Sicilian Pa...
    • 8French Defense Exchange Variat...
    • 23Latvian Gambit Trap...
    • 91. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Qf6? - Black L...
    • 24Trap in the Alapin Sicilian...
    • 10A Caro-Kann Miniature...
    • 25Caro Kann Opening Trap...
    • 11Another Trap in the Caro-Kann...
    • 26Alapin Sicilian Part 2...
    • 121. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 - Ma...
    • 271. e4 d5 - The Center-Counter ...
    • 131. e4 e5 Bad Black follow-ups ...
    • 281. e4 e5 with bad black follow...
    • 141. e4 g6 - an inferior Modern ...
    • 291. e4 a5? Punishing aimless p...
    • 151... b6 Disaster...
    • 301. e4 d6 2. d4 b6? - Black cre...
  • Author
    Levon Altounian

    IM Levon Altounian is on the list of the most prominent chess players, coaches and organizers in the USA. He was a participant of three of the most prestigious US Championships, winner of the 2000 National Open and 2011 G10 National Open, many Arizona and California State Championships, including the 2010 “Champion of the State Champions” title. He also holds numerous records on ICC (chessclub.com) where he recently played a match with GM Hikaru Nakamura. Under his leadership, his students from all over the US won more than 100 Individual and Team State and National titles, including the K-5 Nationals in 2004 (Tucson, AZ team) and Denker competitions. His organization, called Arizona Chess For Schools, works tirelessly to promote chess on every level and also specializes in organizing chess events, camps and providing private and group lessons. To find out more please visit Arizonachessforschools.com or contact Levon directly at laltounian@msn.com.