1.e4 Chess opening names (www.Chessworld.net … Improve menu .. Learn from Masters – Try it Out!)

1.e4 Chess opening names (www.Chessworld.net … Improve menu .. Learn from Masters – Try it Out!)

This video is a brief overview of chess openings and their names. Hi all I’m going to do a slightly different
video today it’s gonna be a very brief overview of 1.e4 opening names which is
something I was thinking of but was prompted by someone on YouTube recently
my message box so I’m really looking particularly at 1.e4. So after 1.e4 what are the
common responses and what are they all called ? Well we can look at the most
common responses by following the pawns so a6 has this ever been played
before ? It’s called the St George Defence (also known as the Baker’s defence) It was used by Tony miles
against Anatoly Karpov successfully so it’s not as bad as it looks it might have the
idea of b5 later and Bishop b7. Maybe e6 and a kind of French defense
setup. Now let’s look at the next move b6 – The Owen’s defense (also known as the Queen’s Fianchetto Defence or Greek Defense) is another very rare bird
defense with the idea of fianchettoing the Queen’s Bishop and again you might play
e6 later maybe Bishop b4 and sometimes attack the e4 square. But
these two are not really main line openings. The Sicilian defence is a main line
opening one of the most popular and best scoring the source of this content is
wiki by the way and there are many variations the Sicilian which I’ll try
and touch on once we get this very brief overview of looking at the pawns. The
caro-kann defense is a rock-solid defense which was used quite a lot by
Anatoly Karpov off against Garry Kasparov actually in some of the World Championship matches.
So after d4 black plays d5 and it is a favorite of Anatoly Karpov. And it’s got a
reputation for being very solid basically. d6 is the Pirc defense
(sometimes known as the Ufimtsev Defence or Yugoslav Defence). And often black plays g6 later and Bishop g7. 1 … d5 is the the Scandinavian Defense (or Center Counter Defense, or Center Counter Game) It used to be thought in the times of
Aron Nimzovich (one of the great hypermodernists) that it should be very bad as it was losing
time with the queen. However it’s not as bad as it looks because often black can sort of
kind of just play like Queen a5 for example and then Bishop f5 and then
get a sort of caro-kann setup with the pawns. So the loss of time is is often
balanced by how solid blacks position is and the Grandmaster Ian Rodgers from
Australia became a major exponent of this opening to revitalize it so that’s
not as bad as it seems. 1… e6 is a very very popular defense the French
defense so it’s known for its solidity and resilience so the French defense the
main lines of the French defense after d4 d5 we have here Knight c3 which is
the Paulsen variation so now three black major options here. Bishop b4 is the
Winawer variation of the French. Knight f6 is the Classical variation of the
French. exe4 is the Rubinstein variation of French. Okay so that’s the
French defense another major opening f5 is just rubbish you shouldn’t ever play
it but it’s called the Fred Defence. (also known as sometimes the Duras Gambit, Reversed From, Tiers Counter-Gambit). g6 is called the Modern defence so black aims to
fianchetto the bishop and pressurize the dark squares. It often gives White a big
Center there’s a lot of variations in this. It is quite a popular opening but
not as popular as the French or the Sicilian defense. So h6 is something
which International Master Michael Basman would play following up with g5 and Bishop g7
perhaps c5 later. It’s not as bad as it seems because it is a kind of dark
square strategy trying to pressurize the d4 square. Basman has crushed quite a few people this like playing g4 later and White’s position has often
fallen to bits so these rare birds are not as bad as they seem.
Now that was a very very brief overview let’s focus in on some particular
Sicilian lines which is the most popular one of the most popular replies to e4. So
Knight f3 is often played and now here blacks got a number of major options e6
or d6 or knight c6. Let’s choose d6 and after d4, White
usually plays d4 to have this trade of pawns for the flank pawn
and now here black usually plays Knight f6 to attack that e4 pawn so white
plays Knight c3 and now here often the move favored by Garry Kasparov is a6
because it stops something Bishop b5 checks so Sicilian Najdorf. What are
the alternatives. An immediate e6 is the Scheveningen variation but you can
play a Scheveningen by playing a6 first and so that’s not as recommendable
actually as the immediate a6. g6 is the dragon variation known as the pawn structure looks a bit like a fire-breathing dragon with this
fire-breathing Bishop on that diagonal. (In his 1953 autobiography, the Russian chess master and amateur astronomer Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky claimed that he coined the name “Dragon Variation” in 1901, after the fancied resemblance between Black’s kingside pawn structure and the constellation Draco). So here let’s have a look let’s
say a6 then and Bishop e3 is the English attack because it was played by
a lot of English GM’s Bishop e2 is kind of the classical
variation where white plays quite modestly especially e6 – this is this the
Scheveningen (also known as the classical variation). White might Castle and later play things
like key Kh1 f4-f5 what else is there? e5 probably not very good. Be careful about weakening the d5 square so lets have a
rewind here. Instead of d6 knight c6 is one of my favorites but I’m not going to
play it much this season. It can lead to the Sicilian Sveshnikov variation. After Nf6 and now e5 – this is the Sveshnikov variation. So White usually plays Nb5 there.
There’s a lot of theory on this Sveshnikov variation. So you see there’s a lot of flavors of the Sicilian defense so that’s a very very brief overview
there now e5 the King pawn game is of course a major defense after
Knight f3 knight c6 we have the Ruy Lopez. So that’s the most often played. In
the 19th century there was a lot of favor for Bishop c4 now if black plays
Bishop c5 that’s called the Giuoco Piano. If black plays Knight f6 that’s the “Two
Knights defense”. If black plays after Knight f3 actually though instead of Nc6
there’s there’s some alternatives here fo f5 is the Latvian counter gambit
so that’s the very aggressive attempt to maybe undermine White’s pawn Center and
get fast development if black can recapture the bishop on f5. d6 is the
philidor’s defense that was used a lot by Emanuel Lasker one of the earliest world chess champions is quite a solid way of playing so knight c6 is actually just the most
common move so that’s a very very brief overview of 1.e4 systems. In later
videos I will hone in on particular defenses. Let me know in your comments
actually what areas you want me to zoom in on as far as 1.e4 openings go. Do
you want me to look at the Sicilian or the French defence. But anyway in summary and
conclusion I just want to say that the three main most popular in my view
are the Sicilian defense, the French defense is very popular. e5 is obviously
very popular as well the symmetrical like King pawn game. So those are the
three main openings which I consider the most popular. Slightly less popular is the caro-kann
defence or the Pirc defense or the Modern defense. Oh I forgot to mention actually
the Alekhine’s defence which was even used by Bobby Fischer in 1972 World Championship match. so the Alekhine defence is named after
Alexander Alekhine another world champion so that’s a very provocative
idea of encouraging whites to move the pawns forward because blacks biting in
the center so so this is the Alekhine’s defence. The exchange variation so anyway so we’ll go
back so so basically I hope you learnt something new from that and if there is
a demand for more opening videos which can zoom into particular lines tell me
which particular lines. Also I might do a brief overview of of 1. d4 and 1. c4 if
there’s interest thanks for listening and I hope that’s giving you a little
bit more insight into the openings of chess with 1.e4 being played. You can use this Chess opening explorer by visiting www.chessworld.net and heading for the Improve menu … Learn from the Masters. The chess board is interactive there. Thanks very much!

25 thoughts on “1.e4 Chess opening names (www.Chessworld.net … Improve menu .. Learn from Masters – Try it Out!)

  1. Sicilian Question:
    After 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 the move 3. Bc4 is not present in any opening book. I presume this is because it is a mistake and exploitable. If so, what are ways to exploit that move?

  2. I downloaded Brutal Chess Freeware and I like to play the rather unusual sicilian line 1.e4 – 2.c5 – 3.c4 – 4.e6 – 5.f5 – 6.Nf6 – 7.e5 – 8.Ne4 – 9.Nc3 – 10.Nc3 – 11.d2xc3 (which leads to a doublepawn and a free queen file) – 12.Be7 – 13.a3 – 14.Nc6 – 15.b4 – 16.xb4 – 17.d3xc4 (to get rid of the DP) – 18.a4 – 19.b5 (forcing the Knight to retreat) – 20.Nb8 – 21.a4 – aso. The goal is to build an occasional castle on white's Queenside and force black not to develop his pieces and castle kingside.

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  4. Great feature, I wanted a resource that supplied information about the plans involved in various openings, and most sites and programs only give a nameless book line.

  5. perhaps there could be a feature for users to comment on the entries? This would allow members to contribute and perhaps posts could be promoted to the main text

  6. Hi all – this resource is from my own Chess server which I am the webmaster of for the last 11 years – chessworld(dot)net -> Improve menu -> Learn from Masters. Please come and try this resource and maybe play a few games there too 🙂 Cheers, K

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  10. Are there any videos or information about the reasons, or theories behind these openings. I'd rather not memorize these openings and variations. But instead learn how to react properly.

  11. This video was great. I would like to an overview of 1.Qd4 openings please? Also, the Reti (1.Nf3) and all the possible transpositions into other openings (both K- and Q-side) would be cool. Thanks!

  12. Great video!  It really helped me figure out that as a player (if playing the White pieces) you must consider what options Black has if the main line of a defense is not played.

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