Learn the Queen’s Gambit Chess Opening and Relax ♕ easy tutorial for beginners ♕ ASMR

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The Queen’s Gambit is a mainstay in chess opening theory. It is a great opening for beginners and improvers, because at the lower levels you can achieve much the same setup in most games, helping you get familiar with the themes, strategies and tactics of the opening. At the same time the Queen’s Gambit is an opening you can have with you for your entire chess life. It can be played at the beginner level, the club level, the grandmaster level and even at the world championship level. It will never get out of style, it will never get refuted and you’ll always be able to find new and fascinating ways to play it.

In this video you’ll get a deep strategic understanding of what your pieces want to do and why in the Queen’s Gambit. I believe it is most helpful for beginners and improvers to understand the ideas, plans and concepts rather than memorizing endless opening variations and then be left clueless as soon as their opponent deviates. After this strategic introduction I will show an example game so you can see for yourself how deadly the QG can be in effect.

I will make at least one follow-up video (coming out about a week’s time after this one) where I go over the most common responses to the Queen’s Gambit, so you’ll have an overview of all the different stuff black can try and hit you with.

If you are new to the channel I can understand if you are wondering about the peculiar manner in which I speak. This video is not only a chess tutorial, it is also what is known as an ASMR video. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and is described as a “tingling sensation” one can have when listening to a soft or whispery voice. The point is to relax the listener and maybe help them sleep. It is also known to be effective against anxiety and have a general calming effect. I can also have the exact opposite effect, which is known as misophonia. If you get inexplicably angry when hearing my voice, please do not be alarmed. This is normal and happens to about 5% of people. You can either vent your anger by writing a nasty comment (not generally recommended) or listening to powerful music – if you are into metal then put on some thrash, if you are into hiphop put on some MOP and scream it out (recommended).

In the video I say Capablanca and Alekhine played their WcM in 1934, which is incorrect. That match was played in 1927, but they played 34 games which was how I got it mixed up.

169 Comments

  1. Don‘t give up im 17 from Austria and still make enough mistakes

  2. This is exactly what I was looking for, an in depth explanation of where each piece wants to be and why, thank you!! I haven’t found anything like this anywhere else

  3. who is the girl in the thumbnail?
    she seems familiar? is she famous for something? an actor in a movie maybe
    what's her name?

  4. Hi! I absolutely love your chess channel, keep up your good work! I actually love your channel so much that I'm going to write a short essay below explaining why exactly it is so great, as well as dropping a few suggestions here and there 😉

    To begin with, watching your chess content is a magical experience, because you present it in a way that conveys the spirit of the game, the philosophy and patience behind each move. You tackle things slowly, which makes people think on their own, rather than shouting out 20-move lines which nobody understands. You portray chess as a subtle art full of mystery, not a boring math exercise, and that is perhaps why I love your channel so much. Second of all, you don't just cover random chess content; you really take time to pick things of profound import, and that's why your videos have the power to inspire, to open minds. Finally, you explain things very clearly, omitting all the confusing complications that inevitably are part of the game of chess, but perhaps are not essential to understanding the main point.

    As for suggestions, I don't really have much to say other than continue what you've already been doing. I love analysis of historical games, especially when there is some background story around them; I love short puzzles and now I love opening videos too. About the latter, I think that there is a lot of potential here. Other channels that discuss opening theory are rather dry and can get pretty boring and unintuitive, but you really have a knack for expressing the purpose behind each move. Combined with your excellent storytelling I think you could demystify opening theory, getting people to think while at the same time keeping them captivated. 

    For example, as a beginner I don't really understand the difference between various responses to Queen's Gambit by black. I play an opening because its moves look optically sound, but I don't know how to follow it up. And I can imagine ASMR chess calmly explaining to me the strategic difference between the Tarrasch and the Grunfeld, how not to mess up setting up the King's Indian; how to coordinate your pieces out of each opening, where to break through in the position, etc. To some, chess openings are about memorising lines. To me, each is like a unique painting with a unique feel and possibilities, and I'd love a youtube channel that would approach it this way. I think you do and could build upon that. I loved that you included an example game, btw, as it is impossible to understand an opening without insight into troubles that it poses for the opponent in the middlegame, as well as concessions that you need to make in return for getting the setup you desire. 

    Also, another idea for a video: what about selecting a thematic topic in chess, such as a knight outpost, the greek gift, piece coordination, material vs. piece activity; firstly explaining the general idea, then going through some thematic puzzles together, and finally, studying a game or two where this topic proves to be crucial in securing a win? I think it would be both useful and fun.

    And another thing. Opening theory, middlegame concepts, endgame patterns, historical games, tactical puzzles; this is all fun, but they are just different aspects of the same thing: the actual game. We might know all these, but when when we sit down and play suddenly we don't know how to apply our knowledge, or we think we do and then we err and collapse. How do grandmasters do it, that they jump around the board with their pieces, shuffling around nobody knows for what purpose, and then even though the material is equal, they emerge with a winning position? What do you do in chess when it seems there is nothing to be done, when the position seems equal; how do you make your opponent err and how do you avoid mistakes that can cost you the game? How do you understand the implications of the smallest of moves; how a single pawn push can sometimes change the course of the game? These are some abstract topics that could also be covered in future videos, as a series of intellectual chess meditations, taking up a a topic and the reflecting on it, possibly utilising some examples in the process; in form of existing puzzles, game excerpts or even chess compositions of your own. How do you actually evaluate a chess position? What do you need to think about before making a move? Questions that every serious chess player has asked themselves, questions that don't have definitive answers but are designed as a way of going ever deeper into an infinitely deep ocean of wisdom within.

    Coming back down to earth, videos about the greatest chess players of all time would also be welcome. Not only showing their games, but telling what is known of their story, demonstrating their playing style, their chess philosophy, the highlights of their career, their best games and worst blunders…

    All right, this is long enough already. Maybe I got carried away with all the suggestions, but these are just to inspire you to keep doing what you already are – great videos about chess. I'm sure that if you invest all your heart into it, this will become one of the top chess channels in the world, and you will be more than able to make a living out of it. I wish you all the best, and am anxious to see more amazing content!

  5. Sometimes I forgot I’m a man and fell in love with this beautiful voice!

  6. At 50:35 could you also force checkmate with bishop to A3? Or would there be a way out?

  7. I need your chess set. It's so nice.

  8. This is what i've been waiting for since your sicilian dragon video. I really hope you will also do open sicilian, king's indian defense, ruy lopez, and d4 kg6 for black (i know that's a lot, even just for this last opening). But, I don't wish you to be hurried. I am willing to wait months.

  9. I watched the series and it got me learning how to play the game.

  10. Hey ASMR Chess!
    Love your opening theories! Thanks to you I‘m now a Sicilian and Budapest player and I‘ve had quite some success!
    However, I‘ve never been able to get into the Queens Gambit and I prefer to play e4…
    Do you have any opening videos for e4 planned? I‘d love it! Your videos work the best for me personally to learn and also remember the openings!

  11. I would like to know tour chess background or if theres any video which he talks about it

  12. Thank you for the good asmr and the chess tips♟

  13. The queens gambit is my most beloved opening for white I believe it universally unbeatable if played right . To get you safely into the middle game with strong development . Then it's on You to not blunder . I feel that pawn c-4 is a stronger opening than D-4

  14. Where can I find the chess set that you have?

  15. I just wanted to know how to play this game, my friend wanted to play me in this and just destroyed me. I'm still left clueless ;-;

  16. Came for the wispering, stayed for the explenations. At first I thought this will be a gimmick, but the pace is good, stories are interesting and sounds are great

  17. If the center pawns are the most valuable, then they should have the back up of c3 and f3?

  18. The ad I got basically wanted me to throw away my life so I can hustle and waste my money. Sounds good to me!

  19. Control the spice, Control the universe !

    Great Dune reference!

  20. i learned chess by myself when i was 7, my first win was against my grandfather who is an expert in checkers, i also won a game against my math teacher when i was 12 but i never practiced or improved this skill until recently that i started to feel interest in the game again but i was always losing in online games, so after watching your videos especially this one of the queen's gambit and understanding better how the board and pieces work, i have won 7 times in a row! thanks 🙂

  21. Does anybody have a link to this chess set?

  22. Hey Man, Absolutely love the content, perhaps you could let me know the chess board and peices you are using, Keep up the Good Work! Thanks

  23. Mister/any Kind Person, could you please put subtitles?

  24. The rain on the window was perfect 😍😍

  25. And half way through the video I thought the elephant in the room was black not moving yet 😂😅

  26. tried this strat as a 200/300 player and started beating the 1000 rank cpus 👍

  27. Respect! Your pronunciaton is very clean and your explanation helps a lot.
    Greetings from germany

  28. It's nice that ur giving German a go ^^. Sounded good.

  29. Thank you so much for this video. May I ask why did you play pawn to e3 in minute 34:00 instead of e4. (At the start of the video you were talking about d4 and e4 as the best opening pawns…)

  30. Have you done anything on the London system? I really liked the Queen’s Gambit stuff and would love to see something on the London

  31. I love your wooded chess set! Where could I get that specific set? 😃

  32. i have adhd and i recently picked up chess. your videos help me focus and learn chess while also being very relaxed!! i love your videos so much, keep it up! ❤

  33. Genuinely, these videos improve my chess more than just about anything I’ve watched. After watching your Sicilian defense video, it has been what I play against 1.e4 and with amazing results because I understand the role of each piece in the position. If ever you have the time to make a video on playing the Spanish as white, I’d greatly appreciate it as it is my main opening for white.

  34. I have been watching you for a while, I started because of the asmr, but I love your passion for chess. Sometimes when I play chess I just feel blind to what is happening around me.

  35. Wow. Actually I'm only on your channel because of the Chessup (I'm kind of a Tec need) but your German flashed me completely 🤯

  36. Why cant the queen take the knight and sacrifice itself?

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