How To Learn & Study Chess Openings

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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.

0:00 Introduction
0:35 WHAT ARE OPENINGS?
4:45 DATABASES
12:40 HOW TO ANALYZE GAMES

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305 Comments

  1. Dead GothamChess, i've watched your videos for years. You have taught me so much about the game and you are the ONLY method i use to see new chess stuff or keep up with chess competitions. I got a request, if i may… There is an android chess game and i cannot, for the life of me, beat it. My brother belives it may be an engine who is at a too high dificulty, i belive i still Need to keep on improving… Is there any way you can try out the game, off camera of course, and beat all the AI in all dificulties as the Black Pieces. Im stuck at the 7th… Thanks and beat of luck to you!
    Love the channel

  2. I like the explanation on how to analyze past games here, but how helpful is it for a new player(like myself) to just know what are statistically bad moves, rather than WHY they’re bad moves? I do understand that the database at least helps you identify what move is the place to start looking, but I figure it’s more helpful to understand why certain moves are bad? Aside from them not leading to a good statistical outcome. Maybe I just need to become more familiar with fundamentals and openings first.

  3. As far as actually learning an opening, in this modern age we have resources that weren't available when I was young, like YouTube and chess computers. This is how I learn openings today. I pick some instructional videos on that opening and start a playlist. I write down the variations and moves in a notebook, repeating parts of the video at slower speeds. Then I re-watch the video numerous times, following along in my notebook. Then I do this with other videos on that opening that analyze other variations or continuations. I then follow up on transpositions to other openings. Then I notice the similarities and differences between openings, like the Kings Indian Attack or the 3.g3 Vienna or the closed Sicilian. I definitely respond better to video learning than setting up a chessboard and playing the moves from a book.

  4. I like my girls how I like my chess openings

  5. Are we supposed to memorize all those openings and branches?

  6. Gotham is like a kindergarten teacher that hates kids but also wants you to succeed

  7. Lovely! I’ve been a beginner for 50 years! Hopefully videos such as yours will help me make some progress!

  8. Idk why but ever since I've taken chess seriously I have become dumber and dumber at it. 😂

  9. Play the king’s pawn, if they play the same thing, queen h5, get their pawn, and checkmate

  10. My opponent r so noob like me that I do these openings and they do something whack n we both just blunder 20 times lol

  11. whats the difference between knowing the moves by heart and just plain using the computer or cheating in any other way. you didn't think of it yourself. that's what I don't like about modern chess. way to many preparations. reminds me of when I was a kid and my grandfather beat me with scholar's mate.

  12. Im rated 200 and lose 100% of games. I wish I knew how that was possible, but I am absolutely terrible at the game.

  13. The openings some of them is hard to memorize but it's worth it once you mastered it but not gonna lie I wanna teach my brother that kind of opening

  14. I got an interesting question how did people study before databases and maybe you should make a video on studying the old school way

  15. Im just properly starting to learn chess and i didnt know the vienna was an opening i play that one quite regularly i then follow knight f3, pawn d4 then bishop etc

  16. You seem angry and exasperated with less developed players for not being able to know the implications of every possible move when they don't have access to the engine during their game. ??

  17. The problem with opening is I learn them and then I play someone who doesn’t even know them. I feel like I’m learning them for no reason

  18. i like watching anna , seem to take less in though 🤔 but you , sir have a very aimiable style easy to listen too ,definetly not overbearing , and i can concentrate on your chess instruction 😅

  19. 12:24 interesting position , that as novices we are warned against multi pawn moves (just being devils advocote ) could explain the rartity of it

  20. that database is a cheat ppl gonna use that while playing chess online

  21. You’re very helpful but you go way too fast in your chess moves to follow

  22. I got caught up counting the seconds between each time you blinked

  23. Ahh yes. I personally prefer to use the ligma opening

  24. I just think and throw whatever bullsht gambit and opening i do, but won but sometimes loss.

  25. I got interested recently I play a normal mode and I wanna learn to play better

  26. Yo can anyone tell me about any free database

  27. Came here looking for tips on openings, and now I'm drowning in information. started playing 2 months ago, the chess world is so new to me that I didn't know moves had cool af names and that my opponent is studying my every move, when I'm just vibing my way to a check somehow, and actually doing quite decent :') …but after this video I see why one should study to master it.

  28. This video was so understandable I had to play it thousand times

  29. this is a very useful video! i always found using databases weird but this helped a lot.

  30. If I lose my game tmr vs my friend in study hall u owe me 20$

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