Winning Quickly with Basic Principles | Chess Openings Explained – NM Caleb Denby

National Master Caleb Denby highlights games that utilize basic opening principles and demonstrate how to put said principles to work for oneself. No crazy gimmicks, just solid opening chess principles.

Caleb Denby vs. Alexander Meng, 2020: E20 Nimzo-Indian, Kmoch variation
George Kvakovszky vs. Denby, 2019: D00 Blackmar-Diemer gambit
SpanishFlash vs. Denby, 2020: B18 Caro-Kann, classical variation


  1. i love this channel, lots of valuable lessons

  2. Great video, thanks! Just curious, because I play this at around 1100… What would YOU play against 4. f3, Nh5? I know you would destroy me if I played this, so I want to know just how ugly it could be

  3. What a great vid, thank you. It's so true there's too much clickbaiting and do this and that, but yeah. I'm so much more interested in your videos SLCC & Caleb!

  4. Which get slaughtered by crazy gimmicks.

  5. Haha thanks for the shoutout Caleb! I gotta say that George played the position MUCH like I would have up until Nge2, that setup is what I like to play for, able to castle either direction. Double my pawns on the cfile with Bxc3, I triple dog dare you lol, Bd3 is correct to allow Nge2 without blocking the bishop, and you not taking on c3 is correct. I'll only ever give my opponents one chance to take the pawn and f4 isn't so much better than e3 for the bishop, in practice Be3 has done me much better than Bf4, and I have tried Ff4. I think it's one of those things like in the game of mine you analyzed, yeah I shouldn't be trading pieces but I want to trade one set of knights b/c in practice I've found with one pair of knights off the board black can't defend like with two, I can sac an exchange on f6 sometimes etc. It's always a relief when someone plays 5… e6, because Bg4 isn't in the position anymore, at least for a while.

    After your e5, d5 is just wrong. It's a RARE day when white should play d5 in Ryder, I think I've actually played d5 and meant it after move 3 maybe two dozen times in well over a thousand games in Ryder Gambit. 0-0-0 defends the dpawn adequately and is definitely the principled move. Ryder is quite principled of an opening as well, there's a few principles that white has to adhere to or white loses quickly, and development+king safety is one of them. White needs to keep developing and if white can parry black's threats with 0-0-0 then white's doing the needful.

    Bf4 was definitely the game-ending blunder though. Black needs to adhere to the principles of development as well, while not dropping specific tactical threats in the position, and you did so excellently, your pieces were active, so when the queens are traded, black is just up two pawns, gg. There's a couple secret e5's in the positions, normally e6 is a bad move and you can just play e5 as black whenever you like. It might give back a pawn, it might not, it might give back a pawn for only a few moves, but it allows you to develop the bishop on f8 without blocking the bishop on c8. e5's possible in a lot of positions you'd think it isn't. Not a great idea for rapid but if someone plays Ryder in a tournament situation, if you want to play e6, it's probably best to say "Can my opponent refute an immediate e5 by checkmating me or gaining an activity advantage?" and if not, just play e5 instead.

    Nbd7 is also a very good move because e5 is the weakest square in white's setup at ~32:30 when you played e5. e5 is always white's weak square and the square black needs to capitalize on in Ryder, c6 gets it done for the knight most times, there's a few specific tactical reasons why Nbd7 is usually superior to Nc6, IIRC they usually involve white's Bg5 and a rook coming to f1 somehow.

    Great game for demonstrating principles! I actually enjoy the position after 8. Ne2 quite a bit, even if black has the wherewithal to find e5 after already having played e6, which sortof breaks an opening principle, moving the same pawn twice by move 8. Also playing e5 breaking open the center when black's king is in the center, and white still has a bit of a development lead, very counterintuitive. Many of blacks best moves in Ryder have to break principles, particularly if you take the free d pawn. You played excellently, and I think your opponent seemed impatient, or he didn't prep deeply enough. He played up to what I consider one of the best practical positions for both sides after 8. Ne2, you amazingly found e5, and he didn't prepare for you to play the best move in one of the positions I've had the most? 0-0-0 was automatic for me there, there's only one tactical line to calculate and you know it's the right idea. It isn't the best move, but it is the one that affords black the fewest options to keep the advantage, which is the idea behind the position: if black only has one move to keep an advantage, one move to stay 0.0, and the rest are all advantage white, then that's what white should be playing, if black is not in prep. If black was in prep, we never would have reached the 8. Ne2 position, that position is how principled players who are not in prep play as black like 7 times out of 10, and white playing the "correct" opening principles as well (other than sacrificing some pawns). Over the board, a master stands a chance of defending in these only move situations.

  6. Another great lesson! Thanks Caleb, followed your youtube channel!! Can't wait for more content

  7. Really cool! I don't know whom you were referring to, but when you said "crazy gambits for winning in 6 moves…", Immediately ChessTalk comes to mind. 😂
    I really love this.

  8. after Akobian , Finegold & Yasser .Caleb is the only guy "in my sense" is the best teacher.

  9. …"and once the computer tells us what we want, we turn it off so it can't change it's mind."

  10. Great video, just great. I'm happy to see videos on yt which r not clickbait nor something very difficult, just taking another look to basics and showing how to play easy and calm.

  11. Hi, where can I learn the basic principles Caleb talks about?

  12. I play almost exclusively the queen’s gambit as white and the sicilian as black and have good results. Nothing fancy 🙂

  13. You should work for AT&T when you grow up because you talk like a call center agent.

  14. What do I think about the move c4 you ask? It was an explosive move, as it always is!!!

  15. 8:35 position speaks for itself
    so even GM Niemann is studying this course 😆

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