How To Learn A New Chess Opening ๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ‘€

3-step process to learning a new chess opening. In this video explain the process I use to learn a chess opening for the first time.

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Learning a new chess opening can be difficult. Chess openings range from simple setup based openings, to complex theory based openings, and many new and beginner players get overwhelmed at the process of trying to learn all of the different lines and variations that make up a chess opening. But learning a new chess opening doesn’t have to be so hard. In this video I will show you a 3 step process you can use to learn ANY new chess opening. I will go through the Benko Gambit as an example and show you exactly the process I use to learn a new opening. and amazon links are affiliate links.


  1. I might ask something silly. Do you know if the supergrandmasters learn every 50 possibilities in an opening superdeep? Because if they do then itยดs both breathtaking and mindblowing.

  2. Nelson, what are you using to demonstrate what if scenarios? You make moves and the initial and subsequent move is high lighted…and then you reset board. Thanks, John

  3. In your view, is there any benefit in limiting openings to one/two for black (KID/Pirc) and one for white (KIA)? My "philopshy" is that time not spent on task A can be (better) spent on task B.

  4. As white I always open with e4 hoping to get into the Danish or Smith Mora Gambit. I do fairly well if the single or double gambit is accepted. If not, I struggle with white.

    What is an alternative opening against any defense if white starts with e4 and black does not cooperate with the gambits?

  5. From a beginner , why should i follow any opening at the start of my game, cant i play any move i choose and according to what my opponent plays i will respond ? Second question is if i choose any opening to start the game with, how would i guarantee that my opponent will respond to my move according to the books ? Thank you for the informative videos

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  7. Your videos are really inspiring me to get back to chess

  8. Well done. Simple. Good diction. To the point. My youngest son plays on Lichess at around 1700. But he knows the basics. At that level it is incredible the number of hope chess players who don't have a clue. As a teen I was lucky enough to have a very good coach. I studied and played tournaments for about 12 years. That was 50 years ago. You got a new subscriber.

  9. Considero o melhor canal de xadrez que eu conheรงo! Eu sigo vรกrios, tanto do Brasil quanto dos Estados Unidos, mas este รฉ, com certeza, o mais instrutivo.

  10. Thanks for showing me how to read my FCO book….much easier ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. well said master ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  12. I've a really confusing question which is, how to play against random players? since they play without any opening!๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜”

  13. Nice video Nelson, appreciate this a lot. Working on breaking through 1300 so it's time I really start learning openings and setting myself up better…

  14. Love your videos, do you do online opening courses?

  15. Is MCO-15 a good resource for opening studies?

  16. I love your videos and this one is without a doubt the one that I needed most! Thank you!

  17. I get "learn the ideas behind the openings" but you lost me at "rather than the precise moves." Knowing the precise moves is often very very important. There are myriad opening moves that seem sound strategically, but fail for non-obvious tactical reasons.

  18. How do I open a game if I'm the type of player who makes lots of blunders? You say I shouldn't study openings, but regardless I still have to make /an/ opening in order to play the game and learn to prevent blunders. Were I to default to one I'd probably just do London System, since it's a relatively safe opening that sets me up for a decent midgame, but is that the best choice? If I'm a really new player who doesn't even know the London, how do I open my games then? I have to pick one to get started, but it's not clear to me what such a newbie should be doing at that stage.

  19. you are my hero bro.keep it upโคโค

  20. How much time should be devoted to an opening (at first…I don't know openings beyond say the third move). What I mean is that there are so many openings, so either one goes deep on one opening and learns nothing else, or they learn 5 or 6 moves into many openings. What did you do in the early days?

    I like Aniruddh Vasishta's suggestion (in the comments below) Does that make sense?

  21. As a new chess player
    Actually I watched the whole 22mins and sadly it didn't answer my only question
    my concern is not how to learn the opening and remember the line that's a straightforward thing
    I want to know what to do if the opponent plays a different move or unexpected variation that is completely not in the main lines?
    What if he started like we wanted with the d pawn and then played like 2or 3 other moves as we desire
    Then suddenly he goes unpredictable and plays other moves
    Are we going to stick to the plan and continue to try as much as we can to follow what the main line says, or we abort the opening and try to keep up with his moves
    That's the thing that is confusing me

  22. Koevid-19 IVF 0.15 Pandemie AngstPorno NOS wappies says:

    The problem is alway's that the enemy play totally other moves then you controlling the enemy here in the video.

  23. Thanks – so much clearer a strategy for me – coming back to the game after 30 odd years of not playing. What's a good channel for watching someone explain games where you get to see the problems shown by alternate moves – 'if he'd played this instead, then this would have happened' etc.?

  24. I just look to remember the first few moves of an opening because that's the limits of my memory. I have watched 15 or 20 hours of a series on an opening and am lucky to remember the first couple of moves. However what I look to get from these videos is ideas with the particular opening, which does serve like a sort of road map so you at least have a sense of what you are trying to accomplish. This also has the advantage of taking your opponent off of the beaten path, you don't know the standard moves like your opponent does but now you've taken it off the road where you both are down to just playing chess. I recall a recent game where I played a move early on that wasn't even played once in the database. My opponent went into the tank and then got into trouble, it's tougher when you need to think more at this point of the game and you're not used to it. This is my home turf though and by move 12 he got into so much trouble he resigned. That's my kind of chess ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. No doubt when youtube recommends your videos. Simple and encouraging stuff

  26. Another informative video. Great job! Thanks for posting.

  27. It's so nice when a chess master teaches. The provided structure, steps, and how to practice has high utility. So many of these youtube chess masters are just talking to other chess masters. I can take this video and apply the method to more than openings. Keep up the great work. I watched the 35 principles yesterday. Typed them out to continue to study them. Thanks so much.

  28. this is really helpful. thanks for putting this out! how would you recommend building your openings repertoire for a beginner? is there openings that should be learnt first?

  29. this fella is agenius, like the video before playing

  30. Thanks for the tips. I found a copy of Fundamental Chess Openings at the library. It's a huge book.

  31. This is a good idea for a video series. Iโ€™m interested in this Benko gambit opening.

  32. What's the point of learning openings if the opponent alway's play different moves?

  33. video starts at 4:00, introduction can be summarized as "don't blunder lol"

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