Basic Chess Openings Explained

I get a lot of questions about chess openings. In this video and the comments below, I’ll answer all of them! ASK AWAY BELOW!




  1. 2 years ago Gotham was so polite and formal xD

  2. I've been playing chess for years, but have never studied. I often play a good game, but am sick of making stupid mistakes. Mistakes in the opening have far reaching consequences; not at all obvious at the time. If I can eliminate those errors – get off to a good start, I think/hope/pray it will improve my game considerably. Thanks for these videos.

  3. i have no idea how to go about the mid game and the checkmate

  4. What should be my next move if 1. e4 c6 2. nc3?

  5. So, is it important to always castle the King? As a total novice I barely know how to castle the King, and it's only something I would think to do at the end when my King is in serious trouble!

  6. Is it bad to jump both Knights out over the pawns as an opener? Does that have a name? Like the Sicilian Retard, or something like that?

  7. A button up shirt?! (Yes, this a blatant counter-troll of the trolls who have commented on your “unprofessional” appearance in recent videos. Get a tank top with a bow tie and put them to bed.)♟

  8. Levy in 2020: "Hello. In this video, you will learn about beginner chess openings. If you're looking for openings advice, you've come to the right place."
    Levy in 2022: "What's up, I've got an opening for you that will smack your grandmother and blow your ass clean off."

  9. from what i learned from chess videos, is that we must blunder at about 1:00 minute into the game, someone can turn it into the dame dane… dame yo…dame nano yo meme.

  10. I first downloaded the chess app without knowing any gameplans at all, I simply knew the moves and could play. I played the bots and did well, 1062 rank. THEN I watched videos such as this in a bid to improve my game. I expect people will not actually believe this, but the truth is, since trying to use openings etc and develop proper strategy my score has plummeted to 300 or so. In attempting to learn the nuts and bolts of the game I became absolutely terrible. Now I lose to bot Jimmy regularly, I can't actually beat him any more. It feels hopeless, I cannot actually revive my old ways. Your videos and others like it, honestly made me worse. Go figure. That's not to criticize your videos, it's me, in trying to implement what I learned I became terrible. It's amazing really. I want to give all up now.

  11. This video is perfect for me as a novice, I usually start with e4 etc etc when playing white but am a little confused when playing black as I don’t feel I am dictating anything. Always watch your videos, you are one of only two I follow. Thnx for sharing

  12. i love how i follow these opening and learn all this stuff but i still end up getting shit pumped by 300 rated players and they dont seem to leave anything hanging or ever have squares open. i feel like im in an alternate reality where i see videos in your world where 1000 rated players suck and 300 rated players are insane in mine.

  13. I just finished learning how the pieces move and figured I'd watch a video to get ideas on how to start my games, but this video goes way too fast for me to follow.

  14. I watched the first 2 minutes of this video.

    I've probably played about 500-1000 games of Chess in my entire life. Over the board without timers.

    It's also been about 20 years since I last played a game of chess.

    This video is too fast for me and it's not for beginners. If that is any help at all, I hope it serves you well.

  15. Is there a really good book for beginners on openings?

  16. My question is, how do I properly develop the queen? I'm rated about 700, so I just develop my knights and my bishops and I castle. Great little setup, but then I just don't know how to attack. The board is just stuffed with pieces lol. Eventually I'll start blundering and lose, even though I had such a good start. What can do I do?

  17. My how your videos have changed (for the better)

  18. Bro looks like bernard from megamind

  19. I learned how to play chess during lockdown and have a few relatives and friends who've been playing for years. So far my record is 0 – 8 playing against them. In watching this video, I feel I have a better chance during the next time I see them. Thanksgiving and Christmas is coming up. I cannot wait.

  20. I just started playing chess and I don’t play often only recently I started playing everyday. But I’m already 1500 is that normal??

  21. 14-1500??? I can't pass 700, I need more openings! Have had some success with the London

  22. Thank you. I’m learning chess to teach my son. I’m a horrible chess player, and this video gives me ideas for improving my game and his. ❤

  23. This guys voice is rly u retesting forget some reason ty for the lesson

  24. Okay explain that again, but 50 times slower thanks👌

  25. Currently 300 rating. Looking to pick an opening and master it.

  26. This is my best teacher in the world 🌍

  27. I love Qh5 as white. I don’t know why I just love it.

  28. Excellent vídeo. Very helpful. I Will be using the setup openings on my online recreational games

  29. I was thinking about starting to play chess so I clicked on this video and my car caught on fire. I think I’ll just stick to connect 4

  30. I was at 500 and then I started learning all of this sht and practicing against high level bots now my winstreak is 7 wins out of 8 games 😂

  31. 4. Bc4 at 0:48 is a mild inaccuracy, because black can respond with 4. ….Nxe4 5. Nxe4 d5, forking the Bishop and Knight. Stockfish 15.1 gives this line -.1 eval at 30 depth whereas playing d4 instead of Bc4 has an eval of +.1

  32. Okay those are what to do if I'm 1300 but what do I do as a 600

  33. Me: Levy is so calm and matter of fact this HAS to be an old video
    YT: 2 years ago

    Yup 🤣

  34. My god Levy is so calm it's creeping me out

  35. thanks to you, I will now crush my uncle's soul when I meet him for Christmas. It's payback time

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