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How to Play Openings Better?

I have reserved today’s post for a special topic that have been on everyone’s mind whether they are a complete beginner or a master: “How to play openings better?”
In this old unreleased video I recorded on Christmas Day last year, I took a master game by Botvinnik to demonstrate how openings should be played and what we are supposed to look for when playing the first moves in a game of chess.

Many have been wondering how to avoid all of those countless positional mistakes we do in the opening. Questions like how to really choose to attack on the right side or whether we should at all attack or defend out of the opening have been bothering us for way too long despite the solid knowledge and experience we’ve built in various opening systems. So how do we really excel in the opening stage and find the right answers to all of these questions from above? 

When I was younger, I had been struggling with that, similar to any other aspiring chess player who strives to improve further and demonstrate his superior knowledge and skills before their opponents. In this video, I will try my best to help you find the answers sooner than later and enjoy smooth transitions into the middlegame in every game you play in the future. I hope you enjoy this video and I am looking forward to reading your comments and feedback, as well as answer your questions and provide you with additional insight on the opening stage.


  • 2 years ago


    Very well done Valeri. keep it up!!!

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  • 2 years ago


    I found this video very enlightening as I continually struggle with my openings.  Keep these coming Tiger!  I plan to study this game a little further, and here is a link to the pgn for those interested...


  • 2 years ago


    Could someone help me to find The pgn for download? I had trouble due to My bad ears to hear The name of The black player. TIA!

  • 2 years ago


    thanks a ton!

  • 2 years ago


    interesting knight :)

  • 2 years ago


    Very nice!Thanks

  • 2 years ago


    Very good stuff!

  • 2 years ago


    Thank you very much! I had no idea about regrouping it will add some depth to my game for sure.

  • 2 years ago


    Very nice!  Thanks for posting.  On interesting thing that I've recently been learning is how the opening and middlegame are so connected.  Good middlegame positions simply flow from good opening play.  Smile

    The part about regrouping really helped me.  Often, after the opening, I don't want to move my pieces because they look good where they are, but if I can find a place where they will be more effective, I should move them there.  Cool

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