Punishing Bad Chess Openings 👊 IM Valeri Lilov [Free Training]

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Every player has played a bad chess opening at some point in their chess careers, but usually that’s because we make mistakes or we got caught out by a strange move from the opponent.

Sometimes the opponent will deliberately play a bad chess opening in the hopes you might not be familiar with how to face it and fall into a game losing blunder early on. Truth is, however, that the bad chess openings are bad for a reason, and you don’t need to learn theory for every single opening out there. There are opening principles, such as fighting for control of the center, that ensure you don’t fall victim to such tricks.

These dubious chess openings can sometimes occur even at the highest level of the game, and in most cases they get rightfully punished! In this free chess training webinar, IM Valeri Lilov takes a look at some games that demonstrate why the less-popular openings should stay that way!

In the first game, Valeri examines a very exciting game that took place just this past week between the current World Chess Champion and number 1, Magnus Carlsen and Indian Grandmaster MR Lalith Babu. Magnus Carlsen starts the game with what is likely the weakest possible move you could ever play – 1. f3.

Babu certainly sets out to punish this move, denying opportunities to claim a draw and bravely fighting for the win. We all know how creative and strong Carlsen can be, but even some amazing moves weren’t enough to stop the best player in the world losing after playing such a bad opening!

Other poor openings include moves such as 1. h3, 1. h4, 1. f4 and 1. Nh3, but no matter what opening you come up against, you can feel confident that you have an advantage right away as long as you stick to the basic principles discussed in this video. On the flip side, don’t play these bad chess openings unless you’re willing to throw away a valuable point!

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12 Comments

  1. The guy that beat magnus was banned for cheatinf

  2. See, I know GothamChess and other content creator have good guides. And Im indeed a GothamChess fan. But the thing is, there are little known YouTubers like this channel who are sometimes, just, really helpful, sometimes more helpful than the bigger channels and their channels have guides which are not available at the big channel. Thanks my guy. You earned yourself a new sub ❤

  3. A bad opening I have encountered on chess.com a few times recently is where my opponent pushed their E pawn up two and attacked the center like normal. I respond with the standard follow up opening moves of both knights moved to the third rank. But this is where my opponents went bad. They devolved one knight and then followed up with their bishop from the other side to the square directly in front of the Knight they just developed. While this is an aggressive opening, it does not work because I then respond with my D pawn forward two spaces. When they take that pawn with their pawn, they attack my knight. But as soon as I move my knight forward and toward their ranks, that knight suddenly cannot be attacked. The knight they developed is blocking the pawn behind it from advancing to attack my knight, and they dare not move their queen up because then they would lose it.

  4. ศัลย์ สหกิจรุ่งเรือง says:

    3:55 What if Qxg2 and going to take rook in Qxh1 next turn? How did you defense/counter attack?

  5. Hardly a "punishment", although questionable. But Magnus being Magnus he can do this and more

  6. Why didn't black just take the bishop in min 4:40? Was the development really so much more important than being up a bishop? And how do you realise that as a beginner

  7. Excellent lesson! Thanks a lot!

  8. 1. g4 of course is a bad opening as if we decide to king castle, g pawn could easily fall down make the king weaker defense. Thanks a lot for the guidance Coach.

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