How I ‘Memorized’ 100+ Chess Openings EASILY [4 Easy Tips]

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How do grandmasters learn and memorize numerous chess openings? For many chess players, struggling to recall the opening moves or different variations is a common challenge.

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares a 4-step process for learning and studying chess openings effectively. By understanding the rationale behind the moves, you’ll never forget the opening again. These principles are applicable to learning and playing ANY chess opening, including gambits and traps.

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00:00 How to learn chess openings easily?
00:36 4 tips to memorize chess openings
00:54 Understand the reason behind every move
03:00 If you can attack, do it
05:45 How to play gambit openings? [3 Rules]
06:15 Gambit Rule 1
07:43 Aim for maximum activity of your pieces
08:49 Gambit Rule 2
10:28 Put Pressure on the Pinned Piece
11:14 Gambit Rule 3
12:34 4 questions to memorize any chess opening
13:01 Question-1
13:56 Question-2
15:16 Question-3
15:57 Question-4

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91 Comments

  1. Really like that soft-light background! Looking sharp!

  2. I can finally play the Scandinavian Defense safely.😇😎

  3. It would be fantastic if you could apply these four questions to other specific openings as well. That would be a huge source of additional content for you. I'm always in search of chess videos that give me understanding not just memorization.

  4. Damn, I forgot 4 rules right after watching this video…

  5. Now, how do we remember the four questions? 😀

  6. Understanding being superior to blind memorization reminds me of this quote.

    “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

    — Albert Einstein

  7. These type of videos are absolute gold.

  8. There are a lot of your videos when "opponent" loses badly just by playing "natural moves", but at the same time you are playing crazy moves, sometimes sacrificing minor pieces and even rook or queen in order to win the game. So I think the question of how to memorize the chess opening was specifically about this. How to remember all the tricks that I can play in the opening and especially how to defend in case opponent is trying to use one of them.

  9. I find one of the harder things is practicing a new opening. Perhaps I should try some unrated matches or something. Try them against bots but it's almost impossible to get good practice in! Either the bot is like 1000-1200 and is way too easy, or it's like 2100 to 2200, which for me is way too hard!

  10. I love love love the Scandinavian. Played it for years. Just now learning Accelerated Dragon.

  11. Now we need golden rules or step by step guide to play like nezhmetdinov. Who wants a video about this?

  12. You crack me up Igor. I was hanging on every word and when you said “why do we even play chess?” I burst out laughing. Thank you for the great sense of humor.

  13. I am seeing Stockfish recommending 3.Nf3 as the best move, just ahead of 3.d4. It is also associated with a higher win rate for white, both overall and in the Masters only database. So why is d4 nearly four times as popular among GMs?

    Furthermore, after 3.d4, 4.Bg4 is only the 2nd most common (both among GMs and overall) and the 3rd choice from Stockfish, after Qxd5 (1st choice) and Nxd5 (2nd). White's winning percentages after white's move 4 is as follows:
    4.Qxd5 — 51% for full db, 59% for GMs
    4.Nxd5 — 50%, 41%
    4.Bg4 — 43%, 42%

    It seems that Igor's recommendations here are in conflict with both computer analysis and real-world outcomes. Well, at least he gives us reasons for each move. That should help us all to remember the wrong move.

  14. I only play 960 random chess now. No more memorizing lines for me. It's all tactics and creativity.

  15. Yes, please make this a series! I would love to see these questions applied to other openings as well

  16. 17:08 That pin is so nasty, it's not just the bishop that's going to fall. It's actually impossible for white to save their queen. That position is just an instant resignation for white.

  17. It's like watching your math professor do calculus. Makes sense when he does it but doing it yourself is much harder

  18. Memorizing only helps to a point anyway, as your opponent is sure to throw something bizarre at you a few moves in and you're pretty much on your own, but it still helps to have a good framework to work from.

  19. I don't really remember opening. I just play what feels the best

  20. Answering the question "why do I play chess" has been one of the most productive cognitive events of my life. Nevertheless, I still play 😄.

  21. I need to ask one thing
    Is 100 openings enough for a grandmaster?
    Or do I need to Learn more
    How many Openings do You know?

  22. Here is why I don't play the Scandinavian Defense, especially the Portuguese Variation [Analysis by "Stockfish 15.1, Chessis App"]:

    1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bg4 4. Bb5+ Nbd7 5. Be2 Bxe2 6. Qxe2 Nxd5 7. c4 N5f6 8. Nc3 e6 9. Nf3 Bb4 10. Bd2 O-O 11. O-O White is fine. Or…

    4. Bb5+ c6 5. dxc6 Nxc6 6. Bxc6+ bxc6 7. Nf3 e6 8. O-O Be7 9. h3 Bh5 10. c4 c5 11. dxc5 Bxc5 12. Qe2 O-O White is better. Or…

    4. Bb5+ c6 5. dxc6 Qa5+ 6. Nc3 Nxc6 7. Nf3 Ne4 8. a4 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Qxc3+ 10. Bd2 Bxf3 11. Bxc3 Bxd1 12. d5 Bxc2 13. dxc6 O-O-O 14. O-O Be4 15. cxb7+ Kxb7 16. Ba5 White is better. Or…

    4. Bb5+ c6 5. dxc6 Bxd1? 6. c7+ Nc6 7. cxd8Q+ Rxd8 8. Bxc6+ bxc6 9. Kxd1 Rxd4+ 10. Nd2 White is winning.

  23. I like your videos , simple and helpful❤

  24. What if they play d4->d5 instead of taking on f7?

  25. Отлично видно Игорь, спасибо ❤

  26. Memorizing openings is good until your opponent goes off the script

  27. Brilliant walk through, has changed my chess

  28. Really close to what I was looking for as a beginner, please dive deeper into these topics ✌️

  29. I was just watching one of your videos where you talked about counter attacking after you suggest white might play pf3, I'm like what about bb4+

  30. I lose all respect for my opponent when they play the Sacandinavian

  31. when you have already checkmated your opponent before the checkmate i'm trying to find out how you made it after when the game is over. so, i have a lot to learn.

  32. What if after you move bishop to g4 they move their bishop to b5?

  33. Bro literally greatest chess online preacher and teacher of ALL TIMES of this ERA …THE SAINT OF CHESS….BLESS ALL

  34. Bro read my mind. you just gained a subscriber smirnov

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