3 Chess Openings for White – For Beginners!

In this video I show you 3 chess openings for white! In this beginner video I cover the basics of the Sicilian Defense, the French Defense, and the Italian Game (from white’s point of view).

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  1. I’ve watched a bunch of your videos and enjoy learning chess from you! I just watched this one and it’s my new favorite. I like your approach to focus on one common opening and the 3 common responses. It helps me understand strategy to be on the look out for opportunities to attack and vulnerabilities to defend. Thanks for the videos Professor!

  2. I've opened 4e my whole life. Never played a game that ended up any of those ways lol

  3. Honestly 1 of the best youtube channels for actual beginners. Do you have stream schedule?

  4. I thought it was very good. Keep it up just as is.
    And thank you for your postings.

  5. According to the Lichess database, for players below 1800, we have the top 3 responses to 1. e4 , in all formats but with most games being rapid or slower, as:
    #1 …e5 with 38 million games
    #2 …c3 with 15.3 million games
    #3 …e6 with 10 million games
    and close behind we have #4 …d5 with 9 million games

    For games rated over 2200 (most games being blitz or faster), definitely not beginners anymore we see:
    #1 …c5 with 9.7 million
    #2 …e5 with 5.1 million
    #3 …e6 with 3,9 million

  6. Ngl I thought you were going to cover the scnadi instead of the french

  7. i think this is great for the level i'm at, but more videos explaining all the possible other good deviations for e4 is good to extend knowledge

  8. As a chess newbie, I would like to know if all openings are colour specific, ie. openings for white only and other opening for black only or can any opening be done with both colour pieces?

  9. This was not too slow and not too fast for me at least. . Right on!

  10. I just wanted to say thank for this video. It's well presented, I love target audience notification- and it made sense. I'm not new to chess but I'm starting over after almost 10 years from not playing after hitting a plateau and getting frustrated with trying to learn from books that take way to much for granted. I'm starting with the basics all over again so this was great

  11. At below a thousand rating I've never had anyone respond to e4 with the sicilian. Sick and tired of trying to apply lessons only to find that my opponent isn't following any particular line

  12. I like your videos. want to play on lichess sometime? What's your name there?

  13. This video covered all that may be necessary for a beginner or an intermediate player👍

  14. Can you do a similar video to this one but open with d4 instead of e4? I think a series of beginner videos that have the most common White openings would be nice. It might be nice to summarize e4 vs. d4 openings, and which lead to easier learning or are more aggressive, e.g., the pros and cons of each e4/d4 you teach (let's assume the most common 3 of each), and how you would rate these based on different criteria (ease of learning, attack potential, etc). This would be aimed at ELO 1000 or less.

  15. When you move knight to c6 what if he brings bishop to b5. And pins the knight? If you take pawn with knight he takes your queen with bishop

  16. The pace is really gd for a beginner like me who plays daily, throughout the day vs a veteran player. Apples for apples, I beat him, when he misses a position n I capture his queenie. Often we got to the very end, where he almost always grabs one or two additional queenies w his pawns. (I have yet to do that) In most other videos, the host moves/talks way too fast. TA. Stay well.

  17. Alright just tried these openings and got fucked by the cpu

  18. I liked your video very much, it is simple but also very useful, much recpect to u

  19. Thank you! For me this level of detail is spot-on!

  20. Your videos are very good, you speak slowly enough to let the information soak into a person's brain. Most chess videos I have watched go through the moves with lighting speed as though they were in a race and the chess novice learns absolutely nothing. I would prefer to listen to one video that explains one opening at a moderate speed than a video that speeds through ten openings at blazing speed in which I gain no knowledge. Keep up the good work and may the good Lord take a liken to you.

  21. Is the following a good move?
    White: e4, Black: e6
    White: e5
    If yes, why? And if not, why not?

  22. A effective opening I made by myself, and I mean REALLY
    PS: this only works for white but there is a key move to defend it, actually two of them, but make sure to use it on the third move of your rook or queen is gone

    It's based of the Italian game, so I think I should call it the Italian attack, so here's how it goes:

    1. e4 e5
    2. Nf3 Nf6/Nc6 (either way works, it's just that Nf6's just more aggressive)
    3. Bc4 (whatever random move except h6 or f6, that move prevents the attack and ends your plan but here's a tip: your plan's not over yet, you can chase the pawn away so that the plan continues)
    4. Ng7 (any move)
    5. Nf7 (any move)
    6. Nxd8 or Nxh8 (any move)
    And that my chess newcomers trying to battle against other newcomers is a really good option as a new opening to discover and even though I'm not one anymore, I still use it and it's pretty effective, make sure to middle finger someone when someone plays f6 or h6 on the third turn

  23. Best explainations I have found so far. Most channels go way too fast (for me as an ELO around 600), or 'put on a show' by not explaining things calmy but in a more 'entertaining' fashion. I definitely prefer it the way you explain it. Thank you!

    Edit: point of improvement could be to add timestamps in the video, for example for the variations. But the video itself is great!

  24. Lots of great material here. Subscribed & Liked…I will be rewatching this many times!

  25. Thank you Nelson. Your videos are perfect. As a beginner, other people’s videos are usually far too fast to understand what they are talking about. Sometimes, on a few occasions, I pause the film and go frame by frame to get all the moves. Jill. x

  26. This video starts on the wrong foot: "black's most common response to e4 is c5". That's wrong. That's the most common response AT GRANDMASTER LEVEL, but this is a video for beginners. At beginner level the most common response by far (64%) is e5. c5 is a very distant third with 6% (the second one is d5 with 10%). You can see it in the Lichess openings database.

  27. I think you went too fast. I personally don’t remember the designation. What is “E”

  28. That was great. I am a beginner and mostly play tons of puzzles. This was super helpful and I will probably watch it a few times so I can practice it without stopping to look. thanks!

  29. Hi I am not a beginner but I am not knowledgeable/confident about developing my first moves. I am much stronger with my middle game and enjoy it far more whether or not I am ahead. Your videos and explanations are really helpful as I can learn whatever I want and I practice on a board.

  30. Finally a good video for beginners (aswell as the video on blacks openings). You learn all the essentials and basic knowledge of the most important openings without getting overwhelmed with dozens of variations in a 20min video (per opening!). Kudos to you Sir!

  31. Out of All the learning -chess videos I have seen, this is by far! The only one I could really follow and learn something. Great job! And excellent teaching skills by pacing yourself to show all potential opponent's moves. I am Learning alongside my daughter. Thank you very much!

  32. Thank you for this. It's really helpful that you laid out the 'why' instead of just the 'what'. The openings are much easier to appreciate now. Thanks!

  33. I am a beginner. Your presentations are easy to understand because you explain the pros & cons of each move. Could you explain the Pirc Defense in one of your future tutorials. Thanks

  34. Nice, just spent 2 hours studying with the board and trying to memorize these ones and the ones for black to have a solid base to start (I'm 400 ELO started playing a couple days ago) and my oponents don't seem to respond in the same way but that's fine because I just had a 82 accuracy game for some reason after studying for 2 hrs yay. Guess mindlessly playing was not the way to go

  35. Again great video. Exactly my learning level. Not too detailed not to soft. Perfect. Go on lik this, please!

  36. Excellent stuff! I am so glad I found this channel. I can't believe how prolific you are. Thanks very much for your help.

  37. Please make another video similar to this.

    I always come across the phildor and never know what to do.

    Also add a scandanavian

  38. I like your video, however the teeth sucking after every sentence really triggered me.

  39. That was great. Just the right amount of detail, actually. Thanks.

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