Chess lesson # 35: Petrov Defense (Russian Defense) | Chess openings the right way

Petrov’s defense is a great alternative to play with the black pieces. It is also known as the Russian defense because its early contributor, Alexander Petrov, was from Russia. In different parts of the world, it is also called Petroff’s Defence, Petrov’s Game, Russian Defence, or Russian Game. I personally like it because the black pieces try to fight for the initiative from the very beginning (even though it is not accomplished in many instances); and also because when we play moves such as 2…, Nc6 the white pieces could continue with so many different variations. And if you are not familiar with the theory for all those variations, you could easily get in trouble not because your opponent is better but because they have done more memorization. So, by choosing an opening like the Petrov defense, you won’t have to memorize so much theory.

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74 Comments

  1. Everyone is talking about Stafford, but no-one knows about kholmov

  2. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 { C43 Russian Game: Modern Attack } Nxe4 4. Bc4 d5 5. Bb3 exd4 6. O-O Bc5 7. c3 dxc3 8. Bxd5 Nxf2 9. Rxf2 c6 10. Bxf7+ Kxf7 11. Nd4+ Kg8 12. Nxc3 Qxd4 13. Qb3+ Be6 14. Qxe6# { White wins by checkmate. } 1-0

  3. 13:59 I couldn't find the checkmate in 2 moves, but I found a checkmate in 4. I didn't see the continuation after Nxh2, so U decided to deflect it. 1)…Ng6+, 2)Nxg6,Qxh2+ 3)Kxh2,Rh6+, 4)Nh5,Rxh5#

  4. Not practical at all, but a good perspective about what comes next in the future lessons

  5. this was very informative. i liked how you explained every move with logical reasonings and i hope you can expand the opening theory with other videos

  6. In 3:37 he can also do d3 instead of d4 to push our knight back…..

  7. Thanks again for another great video. I have (another 🙂 ) question. What's the best way for me to learn and progress through your video series? Let me explain what I mean. I'm enjoying every single one of your videos so far and they all make complete sense when you talk through them, however….when it comes to me remembering every move and method I forget so much. Should I make sure I know and remember every move before I move onto the next video? E.G. Each of the openings and the defenses etc? There's quite a lot to remember but maybe I need to dedicate time to remembering all of these things? I'm not sure I have the type of brain that will be able to remember so much unfortunately though 🙁

  8. I tried this and they did d4 in the first ididnt know what to do and i lost the game 😅😅😅😅 you told us that they gone do it but you didnt tell us what to do

  9. at 1:53 instead of moving our knight back why couldnt we black do d5?
    1)protecting knight from queen
    2)opening up for bishop to develop
    3)controlling the centre….
    am i missing something ??

  10. 6:58 Awesome knight. Looks lika a ferocious knight with 2 body guards.

  11. when you say that if we like this opening we should study about this more in detail… so like from where can i get almost all the theory of ruy lopes and vienna because i really like those two soo much and want to know about all possible variations and how to take advantages if opponent plays a mistake

  12. could you suggest an opening for black when white plays queens pawn i havent really got to that part yet but i stumble upon it sooo many times in games and dont know what to do… i usually continue with kings pawn but then they take it and gain control over centre real quick
    i tried to do something other than kings pawn but then i dont really know what i am doing and then i am not able to develop pieces correctly

  13. Why couldn't we take the pawn with the knight though? I've learned this with stockfish and after queen e2 we can also do queen e7 and after he takes the knight we move our pawn to attack his knight while it's pinned to protecting his queen from our queen. I mean, it may be bad positionally but it's not a blunder right

  14. Should I learn the Stafford gambit too it's related to this opening , I am still a high 800 though

  15. Is there a simple opening for black if the opponent play d4. I would like to focus more on the middle game onwards, assuming I am able to get the equality from the opening. Any suggestion?

  16. I wonder how u have less subscribers, am sharing your channel with my mates

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