How to Choose a Chess Opening | Tactical/Positional Chess Openings Theory Explained | Opening Ideas

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About this video:
Choosing a chess opening can be tough for beginners and intermediate chess players. In this video I show you the different types of chess openings that are available, and why you might choose one over another. I talk about setup-based openings (also called positional openings), and theory-based openings (also called tactical openings). I give examples of each chess opening, including the London system, King’s Indian attack, Slav defense, Scandinavian defense (Icelandic gambit) and the King’s gambit. I give you the basic chess opening ideas and strategies for each type of chess opening, and give you chess tips and trick to choose the perfect chess opening for you.


  1. thanks for your video, my elo is 300 before, after your video, I am 900 now

  2. I played positional at first but realized that I hate it. It's no fun. I then wondered why am I doing these tactics every day. I get them easily but they never appear in my games. Its the way I play. Thank you for the video.

  3. Tactical openings becoming known as theory-based openings has to be the worst development in chess. The King's Gambit leads to beautiful attacking chess with deep calculations, piece sacrifices and winning chances for both players – unless black has taken a look at the theory and memorized the correct move order (no understanding required). Then it's an easy win for black.

  4. As a beginner, I'd prefer something in the middle, where I'm not auto piloting the first 10 moves and at the same time not playing something overly aggressive jeopardising my overall position. As i feel it's important to maintain a good structure and learn how different pieces support each other and slowly improve their position. The opening should cover the basic principles of chess, where i place at least 1 pawn in the middle of the board, develop the knights and the bishops and I have to react accordingly to my opponent move by move. This way I learn a lot faster rather than being on auto pilot and therefore i don't mind losing within a few moves like the scholar's mate as long as i learn from these mistakes early on. Finally I don't want to play anything mainstream which has been studied for centuries like the Italian as there's tonne of theory on it and therefore even a beginner with great memory would have a huge advantage on. Therefore something like the Vienna opening for the white or something like the caro kann for the black maybe a viable choice. I'd love some recommendations please?

  5. I am just learning and have looked at a few tutorial sites before I saw yours. I subscribed and stopped looking for another "tutor". One thing that would be helpful to me would be bigger rank and file alpha/numbers on the board. I take notes and (for a beginner not knowing the board) it is hard or slow to note the moves, especially from the black perspective, when you can't see the R/F's. Turning on c/c shows the R/F's as you mention them, but the black caption box covers so much of the board that it is its own aggravation. But enough grumpy old guy stuff. Thanks for so much helpful content. I find the titles of each vid to be accurate and describe the content that I then expect to see very well. Thank you.

  6. Clear and to the point. Trying to more seriously learn chess these days playing with a bunch of friends and this single video really cleared things for me – as did many others on your channel. Thank you very much for the time and effort you put into this excellent channel!

  7. I tried out many different openings and I definitely prefer theory/tactical openings in general. My repertoire: 1 e4, 1.e5 vs 1.e4 and KID vs everything else. I prefer e4-like positions over d4-like ones. I generally feel the best when I fight for the center, have good development and focus on king side play. I definitely prefer the nimzo indian over the KID but I do not enjoy positions where white avoids 3.nc3 in the nimzo. I put a lot of effort into the caro kann but i did not enjoy it. Openings I liked but didn't love: English, London system, queen's gambit, semi slav, QGD, classical dutch, black lion, and various sicilians.I dislike gambits(except queen's gambit)I think finding your style is more important than focusing on openings but the two are definitely linked. It was definitely harder for me to find my style with black than it was with the white pieces.

  8. The problem with all these tactics and openings is that it relies on the other person sucking at chess. Which is never the case for me lol it's just me that sucks.

  9. Thank you for this video, please continue to include a little chess theory in your videos 🫑

  10. Viena, Rousseau gambit, Budapest Gambit, Kings Indian defense, Weinawer gambit these are my go-to's if I can sacrifice my f pawn in an opening, you can bet I'll do it. I just really love my rook on the f file, especially if the opponent's king castles short.

  11. Your first opening for white was foul move what if pawn push attack bishop?

  12. As a novice chess player with a score of like 600, I have found it extremely helpful to pull random stunts that throw off my opponent. Of course, my opponents are also novice, a skilled player would walk through me

  13. I genuinely don't know who's better between this guy and gotham

  14. I have used positional based openings, and often I get destroyed by players using the tactical openings even with slightly lower ratings.

  15. In the last few months I've gotten back into chess. I find that the daily games are better for learning a new line than the rapid games for the obvious reasons. I still play the 10 minute games, but the daily ones give you a chance to think without the additional pressure of the clock.

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