Should you be embarrassed to play the king's pawn openings without much preparation?
Of course not.
GM Alex Yermolinsky concludes his series on “the fun way to play” with a review of one of his recent games from the Belgrade tournament.
Learn how Yermo easily handles his opponent’s unorthodox early Qf6 in a Ruy Lopez. | Watch video
Why would a long-time d4 player switch to e4 for a game or two?
Because it’s just a fun way to play.
Learn the benefits of this chess approach from GM Alex Yermolinsky, who reviews his own foray into the fun world of 1. e4 as a way to break up the monotony and possibly even change his luck. | Watch video
It’s a new year, and it’s time to take another look at the first move every chess player learns: 1.e4.
GM Alex Yermolinsky shows you a game from a recent tournament where he surprised everyone by playing e4 to start.
Even if you’re not a regular e4 player, “why not have some fun” with the opening, as GM Yermo says? | Watch video
If you’ve made it this far in GM Simon Williams’ examination of the French Defense, you’ve got to watch the last video in this educational series.
Simon wraps up his French lessons with the odds and ends of the opening to make your knowledge complete, including how to play against the “spicy” wing gambit.
After this video you will be able to stare down 1. e4 with full confidence. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams begins a comprehensive new series on the French Defense, one of the most solid and versatile responses to 1. e4.
GM Williams kicks off the lesson series with a very important line, the Advance variation, and teaches you all the reasonable moves.
Watch how the always-dangerous Alexei Shirov played the Advance French to dismantle his grandmaster opponent. | Watch video