Mastery: Openings

How to Play the Philidor Defense

How to Play the Philidor Defense

By CCSCATL

Join GM Ben Finegold on an instructive tour of the Philidor Defense. If you want to play with a pawn on e5, but don't want to work through hours of Ruy Lopez theory, this could be the line for you!

  • The Philidor Defense: Introduction

    The Philidor Defense was the opening played in one of the most famous chess games in history. GM Ben Finegold begins his course on this old and familiar opening with an introduction.

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Philidor Defense: Move Order Issues

    Move order is important in any opening, but it's especially crucial in the Philidor, where one false move can mean doom. GM Ben Finegold continues his lesson on this opening system in what he calls "the most important video" in the series.

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Philidor Defense: The Main Line

    It's time to get into the heart of the Philidor defense with the main line. Learn from the openings expert GM Ben Finegold as he shows you the first lines you need to know.

    • 9 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Philidor Defense: More Main Line

    GM Ben Finegold shows you the rest of the main line in the Philidor Defense in his comprehensive series, Learn what to do in this familiar opening from one of the world's top opening experts.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Philidor Defense: Shirov Gambit

    Gambits in chess openings are not only fun to play, but can be very effective if your opponent is not familiar with the line. Here GM Ben Finegold teaches you the Shirov Gambit in the Philidor.

    • 9 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation

    It's more Philidor as GM Ben Finegold teaches you the important exchange variation of this opening. Learn from one of the world's foremost opening expert grandmasters in this comprehensive series.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Philidor Defense: Exchange With Bf4

    GM Ben Finegold continues his deep look into the Philidor Defense with a lesson on another exchange variation. Learn the ideas behind the games where White plays Bf4 after exchanging.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Philidor Defense: Early f5 For Black

    What happens in the Philidor Defense when Black plays the aggressive move f5 quickly? The openings expert Ben Finegold tells you how to play this system from both sides of the board.

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Philidor Defense: Early Bxf7

    What happens when White tries a quick Bxf7 sacrifice in the Philidor? You might be surprised at how quickly the game can be lost. GM Ben Finegold teaches you this important opening idea.

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Philidor Defense: Ng5 And Sacrifice

    What happens when you or your opponent wants to spice up the Philidor with a dangerous sacrifice? GM Ben Finegold shows you a bishop sacrifice after playing the set-up move Ng5.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
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