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Notes – A Collection Of Chess Openings Video Tutorials

Chess openings

In the game of Chess, “openings” are the initial moves each player makes of their pieces from the starting, or home, positions on the board. Chess has been played for so long and analyzed critically by so many that many of the more common or popular sets of opening sequences have been given names associated with the type of play involved or the individual pro associated with the opening itself.


Gambits are openings which involve intentional sacrifices of pieces in order to gain strategic advantage early on in the game’s opening. Below is a list of popular gambit openings:

The Queen’s Gambit

The Danish Gambit

The King’s Gambit

The Latvian Gambit

The Budapest Gambit

The Smith-Morra Gambit

Albin Counter-Gambit

The Benko Gambit


Defenses and systems involve strategic defenses to particular opening patterns, or are opening patterns closely associated with particular professional players or players’ groups. Below are some popular defenses/systems:

The Sicilian Defense

The London System

The Fried Liver Attack

The Vienna Game

The Lolli Attack

The Scandinavian Defense

The Traxler Counter-Attack

The Ruy Lopez

The Semi-Slav

The Grunfeld Defense

The Scots Game

The Nimzo-Indian Defense

The Kings Indian Defense

Good YouTube resources on chess openings:

  1. KebuChess
  2. thechesswebsite
  3. OnlineChessLessons
  4. wwwChesscom

Other chess openings links:

  1. Chess openings explorer
  2. Book Openings
  3. Study Plan Directory
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