Petroff Defense – Chess Openings

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This is an introduction to a chess opening known as the Petroff Defense, the signature opening of World Champions Anatoly Karpov and Vladimir Kramnik.

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  1. excellent pace in this video! Thank you so much for not patronizing your viewers but instead blitzing through the opening variations.

  2. Nice video. You are a strong player so viewers expect more explaination of some of the tricky lines. At 3:48, blk is losing a pawn, ie Bxe4, dxe4, Qxe4, but gets a dominating position which gets back that pawn with interest!! The follow up is not obvious, so this needs to be explained (u used way less than 10mins). Loved your dual commentary matches with KC. Couldn't believe you both missed the knight fork in game 1. I really appreciate the effort you guys commit, making these videos, thx.

  3. It is great to see more chess commentary and explanation on YouTube. I hope you continue in your efforts- succinct explanations and good subject matter! Use all 10 minutes!

  4. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I should elaborate on this: After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.O-O O-O 8.c4 c6 9.Qc2 Na6, 10.Bxe4?! dxe4 11.Qxe4 is not a good idea, as Black gains a big initiative after 11…Re8, e.g. 12.Qc2 Nb4 13.Qb3 Bf5 with good play.

  5. I guess it's a beginner's mistake, but a lot of players that I face go 3.Bc4 threatening the knight fork on f7. In fact, I see this bishop, knight combo a lot. The problem with it in the Petrov is that the King's knight is already out, and cannot be positioned to defend. Plus with white's e4 and Bc4 black can't use a pawn to block… So what am I to do? There has to be a way to turn the Knight/Bishop attack on f7 into a trap for white… or maybe not.

  6. @mhdozier
    Hello ! I guess you can play 3…Cxe4 (Black plays Knight f6 takes pawn e4 if you're not used to algebraic notation) and after White plays for example 4 – Cxe5 ( taking a pawn and threatening knight folk on f7) 4…d5 (attacking the bishop c4 and blocking diagonal a2-g8, therefore knight folk on f7 is not dangerous) and after white withdraws his bishop you can continue by 5…Fd6 attacking knight e5.
    To sum up : 3 Fc4 Cxe4 4 Cxe5 d5 5 Fd3 Fd6 .
    Good luck !

  7. Slow don't a bit. Other wise this is very good. Thanks

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