Basic Openings for Black | Sicilian Dragon & King’s Indian | Chess with David Pakman

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In this live chess coaching session, I teach a simple black opening repertoire to David Pakman. David is a political commentator (host of the @David Pakman Show) and has recently been invited to the second edition of’s PogChamps (a chess tournament for popular streamers and online personalities). To prepare for the event, I showed him the basics of the Sicilian Dragon (against 1.e4) and the King’s Indian Defense (against 1.d4).
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  1. Hi Eric, new to chess here, just started around 3 months ago. Can I ask how people get you to coach them? Would it be possible if I asked you to teach me a thing or 2 about chess please?

  2. "As White I have some training in Vienna and Ponziani" ……oh dear……….

  3. Pakman the political patzer, I mean greedy grifter.

  4. Did bro just say King"s Indian seem's easy…simple ideas…few variations and less memorization???? 💀💀💀

  5. One of the best black openings I've been shown. Simple and pretty much universal in applying.

  6. Can you really call this Sicilian without C5? You have the dragon structure but it’s not a true Sicilian without C5 clamping on the d4 square

  7. The amount of patience Eric Rosen has for chess … it’s just incredible. What a teacher 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  8. I like your tutorials. Where's your livestreams? Twitch?

  9. Basic openings for black > Sicilian dragon😅

  10. This is a great instructive lesson, thanks Eric

  11. For the sicilian dragon, what if they go pawn to e5? do you commit to kings indian with pawn g6 or do you have to ditch and pawn d6

  12. I know this video is 2 years old and it's highly unlikely you'll even see this but I'd really love it if you could make more videos like these, this is one of the only videos I've been able to easily digest and learn a specific opening, it's the best video I have watched for this purpose. I think it helped you had someone else who was a relative beginner to explain it to also who could ask questions like "What if his pawn takes here…" for example. Some other IMs/GMs will just tell you specific lines that never get played at my level with little explanation behind the moves themselves and will say something like "every other move is bad" but then not explain exactly how to punish those "bad" moves because to them it's just obvious but in some cases is a complicated (or at least non-intuitive) set of moves.

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