Magnus Carlsen’s favorite Opening: Ruy Lopez

The Ruy Lopez is a chess opening that’s played by Magnus Carlsen, Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. It’s one of the strongest chess openings and it will help you win more games of chess. Subscribe if you want more chess content.

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  1. Mr. Lopez knew what he was doing back in the day.

  2. Now I understand why this is magnus Calsen favorite opening

  3. I'm a d4 player so I won't use this opening, but the explanation of openings around pieces having missions is so much easier and more intuitive than "memorise these fifty lines", you teach a lot better than most resources I've seen

  4. Hey can u pls do the ponziani steinitz attack/gambit??

  5. What does the Goldsmiths Defense hold for black?? People say that it's the most ridiculous opening for black, but I seem to have won a lot of times playing that particular opening at 800-900 elo.

  6. We need a nimzo indian video. With a caveat to play Queen's indian if white avoids the nimzo.

  7. I play e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 Bc4, ( Bc5 or Nf6 ) you can start fried liver with Nf6

  8. This is Insane! The best guide i have ever seen.

  9. Nearly a minute of nonsense intro. Brilliant. Thumbs down. Goodbye.

  10. hey can you make a video about the scotch gambit

  11. I enjoy your funny regular content but you are really good making these more instructional videos too. You made one of the most complex opening to look simple and easy to understand with "missions" and general game plan. I really hope that se will see more content like this on future! Maybe solid opening as a black against D4?

  12. the ruy Lopez is also my favorite opening besides the Italian Game

  13. Your videos are a bit below my level, but with this one you definitely made a really useful opening tutorial for beginner players. I totally agree on your approach of explaining the game plan and missions of every single piece. It’s way more efficient than going through the lines one by one.

  14. Just like the pinned comment, I am not aware that I have been playing a famous move. The only problem is, I am always sucking in middle game and have no directions at all. After watching this, I think I understand the mission now. Thank you, now back to funny videos 😅😅😅

  15. This guide is amazingly good and easy to understand, I love it

  16. Pretty boring opening. You open by threatening to trade your bishop pair for… A pawn?

  17. Question: After I go Nf3 black goes Nf6 immediately, As in if I take their pawn and they straight up take mine. What do?

  18. Make a video on the Kings Indian Attack or defense

  19. I remember subscribing to this guy when he had 1.7k subs even though that was just 4 months ago . Good times!

  20. what about all of the hundreds of sidelines

  21. 9:33 monkeys are intelligent enough to speak but they hide it to avoid paying taxes

  22. Can you please do something similar for the mengarini defence.

  23. Make a video in queen's gambit declined

  24. Great use of background music 👏🏼👏🏼

  25. So it’s kinda like the Italian, Sorta?

  26. Bro just blew my mind im 2 elo 🤯 yeah I was wondering what to do if i was black lol

  27. Do the indian king's defense, it was my first opening

  28. I don’t know if ruy lopez is Magnus favorite, but i know his secret weapon and it’s catalan

  29. Dude
    I have bend stuck from 1289 to 1296 on lichess
    How can I become 1300?

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