Beginners Chess Opening TIER LIST with Hikaru and Levy | Part 1

GM Hikaru Nakamura and IM Levy Rozman use @tiermaker to rank chess openings from the point of view of a beginner (800-1300). (We will rank openings for club level players later)

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0:00 Intro
1:00 Accelerated Dragon
2:29 Advanced Caro-Kann
4:22 Nc3 g4 Ng2 var
4:30 Regular var
5:45 Advanced French
7:45 Alapin Sicilian
9:10 Alekhine’s Defense
10:26 Benko Gambit
11:35 Benoni
13:21 Berlin Defense
16:20 Bird’s Opening
16:55 Fool’s Mate Kindergarten Nationals Story
19:03 BongCloud
20:07 Budapest Gambit
21:13 Caro-Kann
23:13 Catalan
24:51 Closed Sicilian
26:28 Danish Gambit
30:04 Dragdorf
31:45 Dutch Defense
34:39 English
37:03 Englund Gambit
39:28 Evan’s Gambit

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  1. Them: Beginner (800 – 1300)
    Me who’s 700

  2. You missed my favourite opening The Scandanivian

  3. imagine teaching f3 for a kindergardener…. what crack was that teacher smoking cause even regular crack wont do that

  4. Those who like chess will also like draughts

  5. Teach me some openings oh wise chess sage Hikaru. And levy too lol. Im a little sick of playing the philidor defense. Like everytime haha 😝😜😵😖

  6. Sorry im a noob but are all of these strategies from whites perspective since they go first? It confuses me why they are playing as both players to demonstrate the opening lol

  7. Damn. I really want to use the English opening when I finally get back into chess. I mean, I'd pair it with castling the king regardless, but I might have to merge it with something else. Preferably something that focuses on using the knights (my favourite pieces).

  8. I'm surprised at the hate for Bird's opening. You only need to learn about 5 moves to stop From's. I suck pretty bad but I recently switched to Bird's and my rating has been been climbing ever since. I'm sure a higher rated player would wreck me, but that isn't who I'm playing against. Lol

  9. I started learning chess a week ago and Bird's Opening was the first one I saw so I learned it. I'm so glad I learned that is sucks now so I don't continue to use it lmao

  10. Clicked the vid because i saw "beginner" and "openings" since i recently started getting into this and then proceed to see a HUUGEE list of possible openers

  11. With white I play E4 every time, and with black I know several defenses, that's enough for me.

  12. Beginners should only play e4 or d4 and e5 or d5. Stop with this nonsense for beginners Hikaru.

  13. If Hikaru did this whole tier list series by himself it would have 2x the view count. GothamChess is so cringe.

  14. Queen's gambit isn't on the list? That's the only opening i know well.

  15. Objectively the best opening is the one that gets recommended by the top chess engine.

  16. You guys talk and move the pieces far too fast for me. As a beginner I would not label this video as beginner level

  17. Had great success with Bird's opening in OTB tournaments. Cause nobody prepares for it lol.

  18. No diplomacy at all with the tier decision making process. Poor Levy.

  19. OMG I learn so much! Bird's opening…Savage!

  20. Ok have you ever considered allowing this stuff down or not labeling it for beginners

  21. Caro kann is legendary at the beginner level for sure that’s so raw

  22. Thanks, now I know where to start I think xD 👍

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  24. Funny, Benoni isn’t great as a beginner but the old Benoni actually is excellent because no one has any idea how to play against it. Sub 1050 I played it against d4 and it just blows people off the board.

  25. i am a 600 rated rapid player and against d4 the dutch is my go to opening ive always loved it on aim chess it says my win rate is 73% with 10% draw. beginners learn your dutch!

  26. ‘Are you really gonna play Rb4 b4 b5’ me when I was at 800 thinking about this

  27. Levi: should we teach them how to defend it?

    Hikaru: Of course not

    Me: ….unsubscribe 🤣

  28. Btw be careful with that Catalan flag. That one (with a star) is the flag of Catalan Independence movement. Not the official flag of Catalonia.

  29. Bongcloud is garbage but I'll play it for the sake of the meme in friendly matches. As a beginner it's too risky and meme to be used for people at my level.

  30. I would rate the content as legit and the chat as legendary

  31. POV: they played chess without playing chess, while ranking chess.

  32. Kinda wish they went through these moves a bit more of a breakdown seeing it says for beginner in the title. I understand it all, but am not familiar enough for any of it to stick.

  33. lmao who plays From's Gambit like that he should have just played Nf3 after Be7.

  34. Seems more useful to discuss the openings in a more logical order instead of alphabetically. Go by family or similarity, popularity. eg.1 e4 and most frequently black reponses in order and such.

  35. Levy is not going to like any opening for beginners! 😄

  36. Anyone else find their entire soul crushed when Levy said anyone under 1200 is a beginner ….

  37. Dude thinks more about moves on the list, than those on the board.

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