Top 12 Solid Chess Openings not involving 1.e4

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FIDE CM Kingscrusher goes over Top 12 Solid Chess Openings not involving 1.e4
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Info about Chess Openings:

A chess opening or simply an opening refers to the initial moves of a chess game. The term can refer to the initial moves by either side, White or Black, but an opening by Black may also be known as a defense. There are dozens of different openings, and hundreds of variants. Opening moves that are considered standard (often catalogued in a reference work such as the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings) are referred to as “book moves”, or simply “book”. Reference works often present move sequences in simple algebraic notation, opening trees, or theory tables. When a game begins to deviate from known opening theory, the players are said to be “out of book”. In some opening lines, the moves considered best for both sides have been worked out for twenty to twenty-five moves or more. Some analysis goes to thirty or thirty-five moves, as in the classical King’s Indian Defense and in the Sveshnikov and Najdorf variations of the Sicilian Defense.[2] Professional chess players spend years studying openings, and continue doing so throughout their careers, as opening theory continues to evolve. Players at the club level also study openings but the importance of the opening phase is smaller there since games are rarely decided in the opening. The study of openings can become unbalanced if it is to the exclusion of tactical training and middlegame and endgame strategy.[3]

Aims of the opening
Common aims in opening play
Whether they are trying to gain the upper hand as White, or to equalize as Black or to create dynamic imbalances, players generally devote a lot of attention in the opening stages to the following strategies:[5]

Development: One of the main aims of the opening is to mobilize the pieces on useful squares where they will have impact on the game. To this end, knights are usually developed to f3, c3, f6, and c6 (or sometimes e2, d2, e7, or d7), and both players’ king and queen pawns are moved so the bishops can be developed (alternatively, the bishops may be fianchettoed with a maneuver such as g3 and Bg2). Rapid mobilization is the key. The queen, and to a lesser extent the rooks, are not usually played to a central position until later in the game, when many minor pieces and pawns are no longer present.
Control of the center: At the start of the game, it is not clear on which part of the board the pieces will be needed. However, control of the central squares allows pieces to be moved to any part of the board relatively easily, and can also have a cramping effect on the opponent. The classical view is that central control is best effected by placing pawns there, ideally establishing pawns on d4 and e4 (or d5 and e5 for Black). However, the hypermodern school showed that it was not always necessary or even desirable to occupy the center in this way, and that too broad a pawn front could be attacked and destroyed, leaving its architect vulnerable; an impressive-looking pawn center is worth little unless it can be maintained. The hypermoderns instead advocated controlling the center from a distance with pieces, breaking down one’s opponent’s center, and only taking over the center oneself later in the game. This leads to openings such as Alekhine’s Defense – in a line like 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 (the Four Pawns Attack). White has a formidable pawn center for the moment, but Black hopes to undermine it later in t

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  1. best chess channel of youtube in my opinion…. i have learned so much with your videos! Improved my rating from 1100 to 1350 aided by your game analysis; very glad 😄

  2. Thank you for another constructive and helpful video which I as a weak player enjoyed a lot.

  3. Hi Gavriel! I'm playing my club championship and so far I'm doing well (2.5/3). 90+30 time control. I'll play an over the board game against the tournament leader and If I win, I'll most likely end up in the 1st place. I'll play with the White pieces. He's a King's Indian Defence/Caro Kann player. What is your recommendation for some anti systems based on his repertoire?

  4. Thanks KC. Queens Pawns (non Indian) Openings have worked for me, especially the Torre Attack and the London System. The Colle System, not so much, the Queens Fianchetto Attack never, and the Hungarian Attack rarely, if ever.

    I win with it often, but for some reason I detest Reti’s Opening. For one thing, I wish they would name it the Kings Knights Attack – but they don’t. ☹️

  5. trompowsky attack is not solid enough for a quick game like 3/0.

  6. IMO, the trompowsky is not an intuitive opening and therefore it demands lots of theoretical study from players.

  7. Thanks for an interesting video, i found the discussion at the end most interesting. I play 1.e4 unfailingly. I would just add, that being a member of chessworld has greatly improved my chess. Your videos have also helped. Keep up the good work KC.

  8. Such a helpful video, thank you! I especially liked the ‘philosophical’ comment at the end. I’m just getting back into the game after many years and the opening canon seems so overwhelming. Your channel has really helped me a lot!

  9. Yo KC, could you add to your openings playlist by say, teaching us the opening and then going on line and playing some people to show how that opening works irl?

  10. Thankyou so much I'm sick of playing e4

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