• 6 months ago


    Hi @arthurfu, don't be scared, no beginners like us will memorize all these opening lines. These video series on normal openings are anyway good to review after playing a few months, as there will be some typical ideas and dangers in each of them.

    More important in the beginning is to follow sounds opening principles (there is a video or article on '10 things to do in the opening' somewhere on, and then later you'll probably find some favorite ways to play in the opening.

  • 6 months ago


    The Italian game is the first opening that I'm trying to learn and it's so confusing and frustrating. Makes me want to give up the game! Am I really supposed to memorize each possible move the other side makes as well as my reactions to them?? Seems totally unreasonable! 😠

  • 16 months ago


    i really liked itLaughing

  • 3 years ago


    Clearly explained, exactly what you need when being introduced to different openings.

  • 4 years ago


    The best opening video I've seen so far!  Very clear and engaging.  Thank you!

  • 4 years ago


    I just played black in the Italian in the version where  white goes c3 on 4th move.    I'm seeing my mistakes in the opening.  Thanks for this video.

  • 4 years ago


    I'm a beginner so this explanations are extremely illustrative. Thanks.

  • 4 years ago


    I don't have a membership and I didn't see the whole video, but from what I've seen so far, when you explain how 6.Bg5 is a bad move because of 6...h6, what if white just captures the knight? If black does 7...Qxf6 then white will just do Nd5, forking the queen c7, which forces the queen back to d8 and gains tempo, and if black does 7...gxf6 he has doubled pawns.

  • 4 years ago


    Dear FM Lilov,

    thank you very much for this superb video. Your teaching style, which is succinct but still easy to follow for a total beginner like me, makes it a real pleasure to study.

    I use your lecture together with the game explorer to get a better idea how the theory has been applied in practice.

    Just wanted to voice my appreciation.


  • 5 years ago


    Excellent teaching style. Good work!

  • 5 years ago


    I am watching this over and over.

  • 5 years ago


    Very good, as beginner I usually open with the italian game, but I personally think that the max lange attack or evens gambit is better than gioco piano Laughing

  • 5 years ago



    Have you seen IM Rensch's "Everything you need to know" series? Those are quality introductory videos. While I agree that intro opening videos are generally missing on (Scotch game, please :D), the site is now teeming with good middlegame vids.

    Thanks Valeri for this awesome intro to the Italian game!

  • 5 years ago


    I don't know if I am a beginner or not, but I thought this video never goes futrher than a move and half (on average) forward in analysis. So when he says "this is bad for black", you don't really know why, and there are no convincing proofs for most of his assertions. All in all, it merely glosses over very many options without really analyzing much. 

  • 5 years ago


    easy to follow

  • 5 years ago


    Iḿ beginner and i thought that this video is really instructive and clear. A good option to count with. It will be an opening of my repertory. Incredibable video of the best chess site!

  • 5 years ago


    Although quite basic for my level I really enjoyed this lecture - relearning the fundamentals of an opening is always good for future practice - I would like to see some other openings covered in the same format such as QGD+QGA or other queen pawn openings, and maybe some Indian defences... I found it easy to absorb the content of this lesson, good work FM Lilov I look forward to the rest of the series

  • 5 years ago


    This videos shown is really helpful for the beginers, but I really sure if you do for a sicilian opening  much deeper instructive and penetrate the depends of opponent...

  • 5 years ago


    Very instructive, great delivery and the best I have seen on the Italian Game..

    Really looking foward to the rest of the series.

    We have found a great instructor here!

  • 5 years ago


    Very nice video overview of main ideas for white.  It's not just for beginners and I got a lot out of the d3 line which I wasn't too familar with since I grew up with the c3 lines mainly.  Noticed Carlson playing the d3 lines so ... that says enough for how sound this is.

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