How To Learn & Study Chess Openings

In this video, we talk about chess openings and how to study them. I discuss chess openings for beginners, theory – Sicilian, Caro Kann, Vienna, Kings Gambit, and London Opening vs Kings Indian. I show you openings databases and discuss various platforms and teach you to analyze games.

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  1. I just use the Bobby Fisher opening.
    It has potential to sound cooler

  2. thanx for this lessson i was looking foor the french defense and now I know how to explore it against every move is it good or not

  3. I open with e4 9:01 You say to Play Caro-Kann but thats the only thing i can consistently beat. Practicing openers I can learn them but then i play and opponent does C6 and I don't realize what opener they are doing and i end up a move behind.

  4. Love the videos. Extremely helpful as a beginner,

  5. Levy delivers golden nuggets of information like this to improve our knowledge of chess for free…
    Just imagine what his paid for courses are like.
    I’m going to have to invest in my chess knowledge as soon as I get paid…

  6. Ok, before i play against sb now, i need to investigate their whole chess history to choose their least inexperienced

  7. Information overload. How to learn to read and I get book suggestions.

  8. Hi, very interesting computer analysis. I hv been a follower of you recently and find all your vids very beneficial. May I know what chess programming is that or is there an App? TQ

  9. My man great at chess and also the best football player from Ajax Amsterdam (I'll let you figure out who)

  10. Picking non-standard responses to common situations is the reason I always tell people that if I ever get mugged at knife/gunpoint, I'll simply pull down my pants and stare deep into the attacker's eyes in total silence, until he turns and runs due to the immense confusion I've caused him.

  11. I am designing, and 3D printing/painting custom Chess Sets, and Boards. The boards I am making from marble and quality woods. If I were to send you one , or a couple of different sets, would you show them off on your channel?

  12. I just started playing chess on a game app and I’m obsessed. I just want to get better and win a game lol

  13. So Chess is basically just a giant memory test?

  14. I've watched a lot of theory content on chess trying to learn to actually be competent, and this is BY FAR the most interesting, listenable, and digestible video i've watched to date, so thank you for that

  15. Just watch one video from Gotham chess and you'll understand the whole opening

  16. Richard Hislop - Harvest the Nations says:

    So helpful Levy! Been stuck around 1200-1300 for awhile because I played with tactics my whole life up till now rather then learning official opening lines. Thanks to you i'm now learning the Vienna Game / Gambit and for black The Caro Kann etc. to see if with opening knowledge I can push up to 1500+ in the future

  17. How does one get gud at chess if you have memory issues? Are there any tricks or am I just gonna fight an upphill battle the entire time?

  18. I am still on a hunt for that perfect chest channel for blind people. I am a blind chess player, and I'm still in that beginner stage. Unfortunately, a lot of chess channels use shorthand terminology to go with what's on the screen. So from my point of you, I just get things like, then I take on d4, and he takes d5. Then asix, then c3, then csix, then take E4, take G5. Absolutely no idea what all that means.

  19. damn now we can find what is the meta in chess also the tier list for chess openings

  20. One thing about the data is it’s coming from people like me who have no formal training at all and just I do whatever my eye sees

  21. no offense man but this was beyond irritating. 5 minutes in and youre still going on and on abotu nothing we care about hearing. keep it simple and just get to the lesson.

  22. Okay, this is like way too fast. You're already making a lot of assumptions about stuff as if it's common knowledge. No, I don't know about controlling the centre. I don't know what is considered 'classic' and what is considered 'weird'. I'm a complete beginner – that means I don't know anything.

  23. Hi Levy! It's been about a year and a half since you posted this, so I don't know if you still follow comments or not, but I have one I hope you respond to. A very important part of your advice was to seek out videos or other sources that go over the Themes of the openings. You claimed they were easy to find, but they are not. So far, I have not found a single channel that deals with multiple openings *by theme*. For example. "Themes of the Open Games" or some such. Instead, you've left your followers to flounder about trying to wade through hundreds of chess opening vids, one individual opening at a time – and even then, how many garbage vids must I go through to get to one that does what you say is so very important? Worse, with varying explanations you've left the Noob (or anyone else for that matter) to decide: Do they go with Mr. Billy Bag-o-Doughnut's idea of the French or some other guy? You just blew that whole entire part off as something I can just find all over. You made a really helpful video to intro the process of opening study but never finished the job. Perhaps you assumed that such knowledge was everywhere since so many channels offer content, but the devil is in the details! Rather than curse the darkness I say light a candle. So, I would like you to consider producing these opening theme videos yourself!
    You wisely suggest the use of databases since they are so valuable a tool that can be searched or played in many ways but remain a single entity. Imagine you had told us to just order every book on the Caro if we wanted to learn it? Of course not! A database is a one-stop tool. How about you do the same thing for opening themes rather than throwing us overboard and telling us to "start swimming"? I hope you will. This is an open forum and so all are welcome to reply, but yours is the only one I will respond to, FWIW.

  24. Aimchess is the funniest commercial I've seen in some time

  25. "You've got to know different things against different things. That's the best way to put it." Yeah, I doubt that 😉

    Love you tho

  26. 6:00 me heading to play the Nc6 line which has 100% win rate for white knowing damn well I will fucking blow it 😎

  27. Blacks queen size night keeps going for the fork or the queen is going for check but then attacking my queen side bishop.

  28. How do you play moves that trick your opponent ?

  29. man your explanation is not good for beginners and u know no advanced player will watch this video either, so it really doesnt make sense why ur making difficult

  30. I just play based on the next one move will be. And sometimes I don’t even see them lol. I don’t get how this helps. How do you even practice and get better at chess without a good memory

  31. So basically I've learned chess Is pay to win

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