Karpov Teaches Chess Opening Fundamentals! 🥇 (Beginner Chess Videos)

How good would you be if you had Anatoly Karpov teaching you the secrets of the Russian School of chess? Now you can in his brilliant 4.5 hour series recorded with Roman Dzindzichasvili! Get instant access AND a 35% discount here ►

A classic problem 🤔 for beginners is how to conduct the chess opening. You can’t be expected to memorize tens of thousands of lines just so you get to the middlegame alive and avoid all the chess opening tricks. But you can sidestep chess opening traps and get a great position with a sound chess opening strategy built on the major chess opening principles.

And you won’t get many better teachers than the 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov and “supercoach” GM Roman Dzindzichashvili! Karpov was World Champion for 10 years after the Fischer vs Karpov match that never was. Anatoly Karpov also has the most elite tournaments wins of all time and continued to challenge the next generation with the Anatoly Karpov vs Magnus Carlsen game.

For Anatoly Karpov chess is “everything: art, science and sport” and it’s this all-encompassing thinking that leads to his pure, effective approach to playing chess.

In this chapter from their “Opening Fundamentals”, Anatoly Karpov and Roman Dzindzi break down the basics of playing chess openings for beginners, specifically examining main lines in the Ruy Lopez opening and Scotch Opening.

Whether your aim is to become a chess opening pro or just score the occasional chess opening quick win, Karpov’s chess opening strategy will have you making rapid improvement. And Roman Dzindzichashvili’s chess philosophy is “if you can’t explain it, you don’t really understand it” which is why he loves teaching chess so much: he helps himself improve as well as his students!

GMs Karpov and Dzindzichashvili emphasize controlling the center squares (e4, d4, e5, d5) and active development of minor pieces in the opening, while being careful not to make too many pawn moves. Karpov’s incredibly deep understanding of chess combined with GM Dzindzichashvili’s vast experience in chess coaching makes the “Russian School of Chess” a truly unforgettable chess training experience.

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270 Comments

  1. Horrible 3D board. 2D would’ve been much better.

  2. This is gold! Also, can anyone identify thar chess set? Lardy maybe?

  3. How do I purchase this? The link didn’t work!

  4. By the far the most humble chess legend next to Vishy.

  5. its very instructive to see them talking about simple stuff,sometimes we need to go back to the basic things,we might remember something important.

  6. Karpov is one of my favourite players. I want to develop a more positional style.

  7. My Boy Roman Dzindzichashvili !! My favorite GM!

  8. He probably does (did) the easy things in his free time, to relax. 🙂

  9. maybe this vid is a little bit too basic – but I bought it anyway – if the DVDs are too simple I give it to my daughter 🙂

  10. this is one of my favorite chess DVD series – I can guarantee you, your daughter, and anyone remotely interested in chess will learn an incredible amount. thanks for your support of our shop – we plan on bringing together more DVDs by different GMs and will continue releasing 10-20% of this content for free on youtube to promote chess and help those who like chess to learn. Cheers, Will

  11. this is a legit question, however I couldn´t disagree more. Karpov is one of the best players ever. GM Dzindziashvili is renowned for incredible positional understanding. To perfectly learn or review the fundamentals of the game will help out any chess player. I am rated around 2300 and I still found this series very enlightening. Also – this is the 1st promo vid. In the following videos the topics will become more advanced. Cheers, Will

  12. I don't like the bit where it tells you to castle ASAP. There are many tactics used to crush KSide Castling (e.g, StoneWall attack). I perfer to castle only my opponents peices and mine are out, that way I know which side to castle on. Karpov knows this very well, yet he tries to tell us this….

  13. I have read several books on chess theory for beginners, and the books didn't come anywhere near the level of explanation on opening theory that these guys did in 20 minutes. I thought I understood opening theory reasonably well, but they added so many subtleties that the books missed I can't believe it.

  14. He said for beginners, it's a good idea to castle early, as you get better you will learn when to delay castling.

  15. I really like Roman Dzindzichashvili… I've started playing with the Dzindzi Indian a little bit, but it's great to go back to basics!!

  16. yeah its kinda like using einstein to teach addition and subtraction, the legal mate is very elementary, but even at class a and expert level i still run into players who make fundamental mistakes all the time, it amazes me. even at my strenght i still love to read books like "chess fundamentals" by capablanca, tal used to read through begginer books and go over games from the eiteenth and nineteenth century to liven up old ideas.

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