VISHY ANAND goes over his Chess Opening Strategy ♚ !!

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Who better than 5-time World Champion Vishy Anand to reveal the principles behind a good chess opening strategy?

In this video, a free preview of Opening Tips from a World Champion, GM Vishy Anand explains what we should be trying to achieve in the opening. After all, if we don’t get a good position in the beginning of the game, everything afterwards becomes much tougher. A good chess opening strategy helps that!

And, by focusing on your opening chess strategy, you don’t need to spend your life trying to become a walking chess openings database or encyclopedia of chess openings!

The first chess opening principle for Anand is to control the center. This can be done with pieces or pawns but usually one of the two central pawns is moved two squares forward on the first move. In the case of a pawn on e4, this covers the important d5 square and allows the Bishop and Queen to move.

The next piece of advice is to develop your minor pieces (Knight and Bishop) and to exert pressure on the center. After 1.e4 e5 (in the image above), moving the Knight to f3 attacks Black’s e5 pawn, forcing him to do something about it. In addition, White has improved his Knight – as it now controls more squares – and is one step closer to casting.

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Vishy Anand shows how, after Black plays 2…Nc6, defending e5, 3.Bb5, the Ruy Lopez or Spanish Opening, is a good, principled move. Not only does it develop another minor piece and prepare castling, it also attacks the defender of e5, this renewing the threat.

We also see the consequences of a typical mistake, moving the same piece twice in the opening. As this would not develop another piece, Black isn’t improving his position. Instead, he’s just giving White a ‘free’ move, allowing him to get a superior position. In rare situations, normally when the move makes a threat or wins material, moving a piece twice can be justified. More often than not, it signals a mistake in chess opening strategy.

Next, Anand demonstrates why we shouldn’t bring the Queen out early. At this stage of the game, the Queen is unlikely to create any unstoppable threats but, by moving closer to the enemy forces, opens herself up to being attacked. While the Queen will probably not be lost, she will have to waste time escaping all these threats. Keeping the Queen back for a while is a good chess strategy for beginners to remember.

Vishy’s final recommendation for a good chess opening strategy is to castle as early as possible. Not only does this tuck the King in the corner, away from danger, it also allows other pieces to come to the center.

Another important tip: look out for your opponent’s threats! It’s no use developing a piece to a good square if you get checkmated on the next move or lose material.

Enjoy Vishy Anand’s guide to chess opening strategy and you can check out the complete course here.

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  1. very nice Vishy! how about the scandinavian defense? very good defense but it moves black queen twice

  2. anand is the best, better than the best, please teach us middle game strategy plz anand

  3. this lesson is for intermediates not for advanced players.

  4. Dude its like you are explaining chess t0 a baby! speed things up a bit please

  5. Wow Anand is theaching me 🙂 thank you

  6. Thanks Vishy.I look forward to become a chess player like u

  7. What I like about Vishy Anand is his threat attention level. You can just see in his body language how wary he is about his opponent's threats.

  8. I particularly like how he refers to occupation of the center as "gaining time in the center"
    I've never thought of it that way.

  9. the one And only chess learning channel

  10. Wow my fav player is teaching me!!!! (Love from India) 🙂

  11. Vishy could you do a video on the Marshallgambit of the Ruy Lopez and on the Marshallgambit of the Queen´s gambit triangle-setup?

  12. if the king is in the e1 and bishop is spotting the f1 square, can you castle the king?

  13. very very clear and awesome thanks Anand sir

  14. Much appreciated 👍🏼 thank you for your insight!

  15. Anand is by far the best chess teacher of all ! Thanks sir .

  16. Mr Anand is the best Professor to teach Chess. He is the best teacher.
    This is the high time Mr Anand be awarded Bharat Ratna for his outstanding excellence and contributions to Chess in India as well as whole Chess World.

  17. Sir also explain Queen's Gambit declined and Accepted

  18. Where to find full tutorial of Chess by Mr Viswanathan Anand ??

  19. Vishy, who do u think will come here to learn from you? a patzer ?
    No. definitly not bro… you shouldn't turn up in such videos… No matter what do they pay.
    Teach us somerhing like… 'how to beat Carlsen'.

  20. Mr Viswanathan Anand should open a Chess School and teach talented students as he is considered best Chess Professor.

  21. WOW Anand is teaching !!!! He is my favourite player! We both are from India!

  22. Anand be thinking like, okay on the 25th move in Ruy Lopez, this doesn't work…… 😛 and saying don't play Na6

  23. When I hear words like "rules you should follow" I get turned off instantly. I only manage to stay on out of deference to the authority on the subject.

  24. hi anand bhai bahut acha laga apko yaha dekh kar

  25. something advanced will be awfully nice

  26. hats off to h man..u r really passing the knowledge..v luv u..u r the champion..India ki shaan jispe hum proud kar sakte hain

  27. you are one of my favorite chess player since my childhood I love you Anand sir

  28. Mr Anand is the most humble man, Most experienced, most loved chess player in the world and Most efficient Chess Professor.

  29. Vishy it was really helping for me as a learner…. you are an awesome buddy ..keep smile

  30. I struggle with chess tutorials, but you articulate things so well, very good for a beginner

  31. Wow, Vishwanathan Anand is ruly a great chess genius. He should be awarded Bharat Ratna.
    I wish he markets complete chess course in the form of DVD's covering all three i.e. openings / Middle Game / End Game taken from actual world championship play and explaining thought process that involved a move culminating into a great move.
    May god bless you and your family Mr Anand.
    Very sad to hear about the passing away of your dear mother. We chess fans felt very sad as though our own relative passed away. Our condolences to you and your family members.
    LBV Prasad

  32. pls read as "Truly" and not ruly. Error regretted.

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