How To Learn A New Chess Opening 📘👀

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. Make a video on blunder check, please!

  2. You literally make the best chess videos on the internet man, thank you

  3. This is the best video I’ve seen on how to learn chess openings

  4. Another thing I love to do in order to get my head around new openings, is to maintain the ideas of a general good opening. Therefore I'm going to look for reasons why the opening helps me grasp the center more than my opponent, or can I get my pieces active right from the beginning, or am I going to castle my king safely?The benko is a double-edged opening, which by you're resigning the center at some capacity by allowing two white pawns in the central squares, however, it could be really tricky with the open lines black would have and the restriction on the white king from getting castle early in the game.

  5. thank you this was really what i needed actually

  6. À very nice coincidence that is I am trying to learn the benko gambit my self currently 😂❤

  7. Excellent instruction. I am teaching my 8-year-old grandson chess and he is doing all right. He is excited beyond belief. He joined the chess club at school and that is increasing my challenge and this video will help a lot. Sixty eight years ago, my uncle taught me the Rut Lopez opening and started me down this glorious path of chess. I don’t think I will start with the Ruy Lopez however. The London for white is popular right now so I will start there and maybe the PIRC for black. But I will use your approach. Thanks a lot for your help.

  8. By far the best chess channel to learn chess. Thanks Nelson

  9. That also helps Nelson learn the Benko Gambit.🤣🤣🤣🤣👌👌😎😎

  10. Hi can i ask the name of that book?😁

  11. How do you decide if you learn openings for white or black? Should it be like 50/50?

  12. And then he sacrifices THE ROOOOOOOOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. I wondered something you didn't touch: when the opponent ruins your opening, rather than not making the first step (which also ruins it but you didn't start to move yet). For example, instead of sidestepping the first pawn and moving to d5 they take the c5 pawn.

  14. And then he sacrifices THE KNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. As part of your opening study it will benefit greatly to take the main 2-3 lines 20-25 moves deep. It will show you how the pieces usually coordinate, the general plans and recurring themes and the typical structures you will see. It's more about learning the patterns, ideas and plans than it is memorizing specific moves and move orders

  16. Your videos are great. Did you ever play competitively?

  17. I agree with others who have also said this is their favorite chess channel right now. He addresses a lot of the issues that I've struggled with in trying to learn a few openings and he tells you exactly how to do it. Unfortunately, the bad news is that there is no shortcut or quick fix. You do have to spend the time on it as he describes. I'm not there yet, but now I know what I need to do next to improve this area of my game. Fantastic video.

  18. Im 1900 and no idea what to play against 1.d4 😂😂

  19. blunder games with bad opening vs blunder games with proper opening?

  20. Now my experience at 700 is way different from what you showed, i would love to be in that situation. I think it’s good to use the AI to practice openings. Pick only black, find an ai that plays into the opening you chose.

  21. Hi Nelson I really liked the way you presented how to study new openings . I have been playing for quite a few years now and I have made some progress, but I thought I’m kind of stuck with just very few openings. I have a question just to clarify: why did you choose the Benoni opening? Is it because it’s one opening you can play against d4?

  22. As an 850 i would never play that badly, thats negative elo chess at the beginning.

  23. i recommend the kings indian bc u can use it against anything.

  24. I just don't understand. Can the 'Benoni and Benko' be played for both white and black? And If so, why does the book's pictures always show white at the bottom as though you're playing as white?

  25. Interesting. I've always considered "Openings" as applied to white, but you flipped it to apply to black. Thanks for the insight. Now I have to re-think some things. I love chess. Thanks for a great channel. I've watched a lot of your videos.

  26. Hearing a master call Bb2, Bb7, Bg2 and Bg7 fianCHetto instead of fianKetto kills me

  27. If you don't have the book, how do you determine what the idea is behind an opening? Also, would you recommend going from an alternate opening based on the 2nd move or 1st? (My second question is saying would you go from the Benko to a 1. d4 Nf6 2. e4 line? Or would you go to a 1. e4 line?

  28. The biggest problem at lower levels is people don't do what you are trying to learn! LOL

  29. Currently, on Amazon, the kindle edition of Fundamental Chess Openings is very reasonably priced at 8.09 GBP!

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