The Best Chess Openings Book for Anyone Under 1800 – Best Chess Book for Beginners and Intermediate

✔️Fundamental Chess Openings(FCO)

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In this video I will explain why I think Fundamental Chess Openings (FCO) is the best chess Opening book you can buy. It covers all chess openings, Sicilian, Queen’s Gambit, Fried Liver Attack, Evan’s Gambit, and so many more. Chess Openings are one of the most popular phases of the game to study, but many players don’t know how to approach learning chess openings. One of the best ways to start with the chess opening, is to get a good chess openings book like FCO. It goes into enough detail that you will be prepared in any opening, but it is not too overwhelming that beginners can’t use it. It’s by far the best Openings reference guide I have ever had for a chess book. and amazon links are affiliate links.


  1. Great vid! Do u have a Japan link for FCO or nah? I'm definitely gonna get it

  2. I'm Sorry I Want It But I Don't Have The Money

  3. Man Nelson is seriously the best chess YouTuber.

  4. Do you recommend getting chessbase if you are like 1400-1500 rapid as a supplement to this? I was thinking it could be useful to see what game look like in these various opening position to get a sense of the middle game ideas. Or is that too much for my level would you say?

  5. Can you please make a video on the English Opening? thxkbai

  6. I've got MCO 14,just alittle outdated.

  7. Chess Opening Essentials: The Ideas & Plans Behind ALL Chess Openings, The Complete 1. e4. Plz give reviews on this volumes….is it better than FCO? Or not …

  8. Chess Opening Essentials: The Ideas & Plans Behind ALL Chess Openings, The Complete 1. e4

  9. This was a really helpful video! I just got my first chess book (Art of Attack in Chess) and am definitely going to add your suggestion to my next book haul. Do you think you would be interested in more book reviews/recs in the future? Thanks again for all of the content! 😀

  10. I’ve seen this video before, but as I try to progress my game I must say, this book is such a need. It gives u more than enough information on a topic that u can apply immediately while at the same time encourages you to search elsewhere to continue said topic

  11. I just bought this book at Barnes and nobles and looked it up when I got home and hour video came up. I've been watching all yout videos so I thought that was cool. Considering returning it and buying through your link.

  12. I have this book. I love it this book. Thanks

  13. Great video. With so many openings and explanations in the FCO, do you suggest just picking one or two openings for white to learn? Also for black, how do you pick what to use against white with so many openings? Suggestions, please. Thank you.

  14. Little tip… piracy is easy and safe nowadays, personally I would never pirate software; just stating a fact.

  15. This book is exactly what I was needing. Thanks 🙏 maybe this will help an “older” dude like me learn to play a decent game. Your help is awesome 🤩

  16. FCO Book arrived today. And it is everything you said it was. Thanks for the suggestion. Happy birthday to me.

  17. 0:10
    Well , thats not really what ive said , what i said was "Well nelson , why do i need to buy a book when i can print it for free from online websites"

  18. Definitely agree with @AndrewzProductions. It is going to be really helpful in my games.

  19. the book finally arrived, spent a whole day reading it and im way better than 1 day ago!!

  20. Does this book contain information on the Reti opening? If not, is there another book that does?

  21. Thanks i'll search the name of the book + pdf free

  22. Which book is best to learn about Chess Middle Games?

  23. Do i need to pay for a membership to do that on that site

  24. very much like your content Chess Vibes… I have not played chess for over 40years but seem to have the bug to play and advance. I thank you Sir.

  25. Does this book cover defense openings for black as well?

  26. I don’t understand the book. I am a beginner so if you could make a video or something on how to read chess books it would be appreciated.

  27. Me who download books on Google chrome: I am one step ahead!! JK

  28. Saw this book at a bookstore and passed on it. I'm now regretting it a tad.

  29. Great stuff. Just ordered the book. My new DSG Centaur computer chess board will be in trouble now XD

  30. You can get the book for free as a psf btw. In case you can't get/pay for the physical copy.

  31. Are all the opening in this book? Like the sicilian and all the main openings

  32. Is FCO better than MCO-15? (for beginners

  33. How does FCO compare with Winning Chess Openings by Yasser Seirawan? What do ya think?

  34. Good book. I agree, I also liked Kalli's Basic Chess Openings/More Basic Chess Openings.

  35. Thanks for your nice videos. I bought the FCO book, and love it!

  36. What is the name of the web that hi is using in the video

  37. Was looking for some new chess books to buy… But FCO was the first chess book I ever read/owned and I wholeheartedly second your praise for it!

  38. This book is my favorite about openings because so many just feel like plain old reference tables with no clear description of the meaning behind each move, and this one does explain it all in a way that even a 650 Elo noob like me can understand, would also highly recommend.

  39. I also think this is a foundational first reference for all openings and getting an understanding several moves deep. It is a strong pillar in my library and it will get you at good start to your games. Then if you find an opening you have more interest in, you can get a more specific book to go further in depth on that one. Modern Chess Openings could be a decent second book for seeing deeper into opening main lines, but it doesn't have the explanations like FCO.

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