How I ‘Memorized’ 100+ Chess Openings EASILY [4 Easy Tips]

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How do grandmasters learn and memorize numerous chess openings? For many chess players, struggling to recall the opening moves or different variations is a common challenge.

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares a 4-step process for learning and studying chess openings effectively. By understanding the rationale behind the moves, you’ll never forget the opening again. These principles are applicable to learning and playing ANY chess opening, including gambits and traps.

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00:00 How to learn chess openings easily?
00:36 4 tips to memorize chess openings
00:54 Understand the reason behind every move
03:00 If you can attack, do it
05:45 How to play gambit openings? [3 Rules]
06:15 Gambit Rule 1
07:43 Aim for maximum activity of your pieces
08:49 Gambit Rule 2
10:28 Put Pressure on the Pinned Piece
11:14 Gambit Rule 3
12:34 4 questions to memorize any chess opening
13:01 Question-1
13:56 Question-2
15:16 Question-3
15:57 Question-4

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91 Comments

  1. Hahahahaha! "Why do we even play chess"? … because adulting isn't hard enough

  2. I started playing chess a couple of weeks ago I hadn't played in about 25 years. Im really not very good 😂. I can consistently beat Stockfish lv 2 but i get smashed by level 3 every game and im struggling to progress any further. I only play against computer as i dont have the confidence to play actual people online.

  3. Now we need a video of how to remember the four questions

  4. I like most of my chess playing generation (60's) and way before computers – played Correspondence chess – yes – one move each post each game sent by general mail. If this may sound impossibly slow and downright tediously boring – you are wrong – the exact opposite – by playing at least 100 games at the same time and at once – offering next move options the mail-outs were large – first thing impossible to cheat and second the strategic thinking that is employed is almost impossible to replicate on the rapid game of today – but there is this – the third thing – this method of play developed in the player and this happened almost overnight and nearly everyone who got to at least the one hundred games simultaneously got immense enjoyment from – was the astonishing ability to recall every single game in play at any stage from memory – let alone openings and old grand master games. I could recall from just the number of the game that arrived in the mail without opening the scoresheet and set the board up at the exact last move – Unbelievably this incredible feat of memory did not seem to be apparent in me with most of my other everyday things – I couldn't even remember my telephone number – let alone complicated equations that continued to grow each day. However that did change and this ability eventually found its way over into other tasks. This mental training needs to be reintroduced to the populace. A teenager artist in my village I invited to participation in one of my exhibitions astounded both me and my wife with the serious gaps in her learned memory – she is typical of the intelligence levels for an 18 year old here in Italy. We had to tell her what street the exhibition was at and in turn what was her address in our very small village of 4000 people. She knew only the name of any of the town streets not where it was on a mental map and in relation to any of the main streets – she did not have a mental map of the village – what this generation have now for this now defunct memory – is the location on their cell-phones via various apps and this is what is employed exclusively and sent to each other. She was perplexed that we found that astonishing. This and other Hugely useful memorising tasks/methods are not employed anymore because they are not needed. Therefore location and many other problem solving tasks are left to the computer to solve – It will be interesting to see your progress with teenagers..By the way I'm very suspicious of that teenager that seemingly won against Carlson. My very first thought was immediate – a teenager – a computer – it is somewhere in all of this and therefore how exactly was that engine cheating employed against the world champ – not wether it was inherit raw intelligence and memory. By the way after thousands of correspondence games – As white the D4 opening move cannot be beat and the reply as black against E4 – the Sicilian. The human mind with its intuition even in correspondence games cannot be beaten by a computer.

  5. I believe PP on the PP is Alex Banzea’s thing.

  6. Bishop b5+ after black's Knight f6 throws off this defense, which happens to be the second most used move.

  7. Igor, on 15:00 you say its a common tactic to win the queen but you are absolutely WRONG.
    This doesn't work in this case because the king can move forward and there's no skewer possible on the white diagonal.

  8. Question? What is wrong with C4 to protect the D5 pawn immediatly after Nf6?

  9. ► Chapters

    00:00 How to learn chess openings easily?

    00:36 4 tips to memorize chess openings

    00:54 Understand the reason behind every move

    03:00 If you can attack, do it

    05:45 How to play gambit openings? [3 Rules]

    06:15 Gambit Rule 1

    07:43 Aim for maximum activity of your pieces

    08:49 Gambit Rule 2

    10:28 Put Pressure on the Pinned Piece

    11:14 Gambit Rule 3

    12:34 4 questions to memorize any chess opening

    13:01 Question-1

    13:56 Question-2

    15:16 Question-3

    15:57 Question-4

  10. Sir Please make a video on how to find tactical pattern easily and which endgames are most important

  11. Hi Igor, can you make a video on e6, b6 defence?

  12. Can you review the games played in candidates. Cause normal people can't understand the moves played in candidates. And a GM like you explain those moves and ideas played in candidates would be really informative.

  13. Really like that soft-light background! Looking sharp!

  14. I can finally play the Scandinavian Defense safely.😇😎

  15. It would be fantastic if you could apply these four questions to other specific openings as well. That would be a huge source of additional content for you. I'm always in search of chess videos that give me understanding not just memorization.

  16. Damn, I forgot 4 rules right after watching this video…

  17. Now, how do we remember the four questions? 😀

  18. Understanding being superior to blind memorization reminds me of this quote.

    “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

    — Albert Einstein

  19. These type of videos are absolute gold.

  20. There are a lot of your videos when "opponent" loses badly just by playing "natural moves", but at the same time you are playing crazy moves, sometimes sacrificing minor pieces and even rook or queen in order to win the game. So I think the question of how to memorize the chess opening was specifically about this. How to remember all the tricks that I can play in the opening and especially how to defend in case opponent is trying to use one of them.

  21. I find one of the harder things is practicing a new opening. Perhaps I should try some unrated matches or something. Try them against bots but it's almost impossible to get good practice in! Either the bot is like 1000-1200 and is way too easy, or it's like 2100 to 2200, which for me is way too hard!

  22. I love love love the Scandinavian. Played it for years. Just now learning Accelerated Dragon.

  23. Now we need golden rules or step by step guide to play like nezhmetdinov. Who wants a video about this?

  24. You crack me up Igor. I was hanging on every word and when you said “why do we even play chess?” I burst out laughing. Thank you for the great sense of humor.

  25. I am seeing Stockfish recommending 3.Nf3 as the best move, just ahead of 3.d4. It is also associated with a higher win rate for white, both overall and in the Masters only database. So why is d4 nearly four times as popular among GMs?

    Furthermore, after 3.d4, 4.Bg4 is only the 2nd most common (both among GMs and overall) and the 3rd choice from Stockfish, after Qxd5 (1st choice) and Nxd5 (2nd). White's winning percentages after white's move 4 is as follows:
    4.Qxd5 — 51% for full db, 59% for GMs
    4.Nxd5 — 50%, 41%
    4.Bg4 — 43%, 42%

    It seems that Igor's recommendations here are in conflict with both computer analysis and real-world outcomes. Well, at least he gives us reasons for each move. That should help us all to remember the wrong move.

  26. I only play 960 random chess now. No more memorizing lines for me. It's all tactics and creativity.

  27. Yes, please make this a series! I would love to see these questions applied to other openings as well

  28. 17:08 That pin is so nasty, it's not just the bishop that's going to fall. It's actually impossible for white to save their queen. That position is just an instant resignation for white.

  29. It's like watching your math professor do calculus. Makes sense when he does it but doing it yourself is much harder

  30. Memorizing only helps to a point anyway, as your opponent is sure to throw something bizarre at you a few moves in and you're pretty much on your own, but it still helps to have a good framework to work from.

  31. I don't really remember opening. I just play what feels the best

  32. Answering the question "why do I play chess" has been one of the most productive cognitive events of my life. Nevertheless, I still play 😄.

  33. I need to ask one thing
    Is 100 openings enough for a grandmaster?
    Or do I need to Learn more
    How many Openings do You know?

  34. Here is why I don't play the Scandinavian Defense, especially the Portuguese Variation [Analysis by "Stockfish 15.1, Chessis App"]:

    1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bg4 4. Bb5+ Nbd7 5. Be2 Bxe2 6. Qxe2 Nxd5 7. c4 N5f6 8. Nc3 e6 9. Nf3 Bb4 10. Bd2 O-O 11. O-O White is fine. Or…

    4. Bb5+ c6 5. dxc6 Nxc6 6. Bxc6+ bxc6 7. Nf3 e6 8. O-O Be7 9. h3 Bh5 10. c4 c5 11. dxc5 Bxc5 12. Qe2 O-O White is better. Or…

    4. Bb5+ c6 5. dxc6 Qa5+ 6. Nc3 Nxc6 7. Nf3 Ne4 8. a4 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Qxc3+ 10. Bd2 Bxf3 11. Bxc3 Bxd1 12. d5 Bxc2 13. dxc6 O-O-O 14. O-O Be4 15. cxb7+ Kxb7 16. Ba5 White is better. Or…

    4. Bb5+ c6 5. dxc6 Bxd1? 6. c7+ Nc6 7. cxd8Q+ Rxd8 8. Bxc6+ bxc6 9. Kxd1 Rxd4+ 10. Nd2 White is winning.

  35. I like your videos , simple and helpful❤

  36. What if they play d4->d5 instead of taking on f7?

  37. Отлично видно Игорь, спасибо ❤

  38. Memorizing openings is good until your opponent goes off the script

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