Chess lesson # 35: Petrov Defense (Russian Defense) | Chess openings the right way

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Petrov’s defense is a great alternative to play with the black pieces. It is also known as the Russian defense because its early contributor, Alexander Petrov, was from Russia. In different parts of the world, it is also called Petroff’s Defence, Petrov’s Game, Russian Defence, or Russian Game. I personally like it because the black pieces try to fight for the initiative from the very beginning (even though it is not accomplished in many instances); and also because when we play moves such as 2…, Nc6 the white pieces could continue with so many different variations. And if you are not familiar with the theory for all those variations, you could easily get in trouble not because your opponent is better but because they have done more memorization. So, by choosing an opening like the Petrov defense, you won’t have to memorize so much theory.

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60 Comments

  1. Anyone know the chess set used for this videos thumbnail???

  2. Great introduction and instructive ideas in the Petrov. Well explained. Thanks!

  3. For learning these lessons i have yo practice more and more then i can only find the flaws in my moves and also if opponent moves a piece randomly then also i can learn from my mistakes. Thank you for the lesson sir

  4. The attack idea in minute 11:35 is like a greek gift 🎁 but whit blacks, am I right? It was revealing, thanks a lot master

  5. 12:01 can we just plat Ra8 and pin that bishop, then we will have more space in center

  6. I played it and my opponent thaught I was going to play the Stafford gambit and premoved nc6 and lose his knight 😂…

  7. Is bishop d6 in the opening also good

  8. It looks promising. I will give it a try. Thanks heaps for the tuition Roberto.

  9. What would the line be if white played 3. d4 as opposed to 3. Nxe5?

    You mentioned that you would cover it but I didn't notice it in this video.

    Or is it just covererd in later video and I haven't gotten that far in the playlist yet?

    Thanks for the lessons!

  10. Stafford Gambit can be played with this. Nice to see new things I think I’m learning have already been covered here. It’s a very aggressive opening and I like it.

  11. GLORY TO UKRAINE (opening is very fun to play imo)

  12. hi Robert
    Tatoo#360 reporting
    I really like the Vienna opening but feel I need to know more of the attacking principles. could you address the Vienna gambit in one of your next lessons?

  13. So I had a question. You showed that instead of taking the knight with the queen white could you pawm d4, but what to do if they go pawn d3?? Should u just retreat the knight? Thanks

  14. I like pirc defense as black pieces

  15. Your board color isnt eye friendly. For somebody whose using android phone it is quite less contrast with black. Just an opinion.

  16. I have to say…. this series you have put together is solid gold for anyone wishing to either get started in Chess or sharpen their skill set in the current level they are at. With that said, please keep these videos up permanently or at least give us all notice if you are planning to discontinue them so we have some lead time to download them all into our personal libraries my friend. Please continue uploading. You are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. My favorite defense as black, very effective against stronger players.

  18. could you do a video if they don't take with the knight in the beginning, because almost no one on 900 level takes the pawn

  19. After Bg4 by black, why wouldn't white push the bishop away with h3?

  20. 1:50 if they take the f7 pawn forking queen and rook you're forced to take with king removing your right to castle leaving you in a surely poor position?

  21. These are defensive lines tho. I hate playing long games

  22. How do i learn all the theories of a particular opening??

  23. 13:45 I think Bxf4 was the move for white after that I think a queen trade with Nd4 is the best option 🤷‍♂️

  24. the worst think in this opening is if the knight take on F7

  25. Another great video. I've been going through all your content, taking notes and trying out your ideas. 10/10

  26. There's actually a funny draw after f3 Qxe1 Nf1, then we have to play Rh1 Kx QxN Kh2 Bxf3 gx, and perpetual check, it's sad because if we don't play this as black we lose since so many pieces are still under attack of ours.

  27. Not practical at all, but a good perspective about what comes next in the future lessons

  28. 13:59 I couldn't find the checkmate in 2 moves, but I found a checkmate in 4. I didn't see the continuation after Nxh2, so U decided to deflect it. 1)…Ng6+, 2)Nxg6,Qxh2+ 3)Kxh2,Rh6+, 4)Nh5,Rxh5#

  29. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 { C43 Russian Game: Modern Attack } Nxe4 4. Bc4 d5 5. Bb3 exd4 6. O-O Bc5 7. c3 dxc3 8. Bxd5 Nxf2 9. Rxf2 c6 10. Bxf7+ Kxf7 11. Nd4+ Kg8 12. Nxc3 Qxd4 13. Qb3+ Be6 14. Qxe6# { White wins by checkmate. } 1-0

  30. Everyone is talking about Stafford, but no-one knows about kholmov

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