Chess openings – Chigorin Defence

Chess openings – Chigorin Defence
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  1. so… this means if white doesnt fall into taking the d-pawn too quickly, he's going to have an easy game.

  2. I love these videos! Just wish they came more often!

  3. I'm sure you have a lot of people who want to see different openings, but if its possible, could you do one on the Bird's opening?  There are very few videos around Youtube that cover it well.

  4. As rare as it would be, this could also come up via transposition in the English defense, my personal favorite opening, so this might come in handy one day =3

  5. at 7:13 you suggested white play e3 or Nb3, but isn't Qa4+ stronger? If Nc6 or Nb5, then Bxg7 nets a full rook. If black does anything other than moving the knight to block the check, then white wins the knight on d4 out right.

  6. You make learning chess so easy, very informative videos.

  7. i like your videos but hate  Chigorin Defence……

  8. Can you make a video about the Sicilian defense: French variation?
    (1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 c6 )
    I'm not a Sicilian player, but I do like playing the french defense, and one of the most occurring problems that I have playing the french defense, is that most of the opponents at my level play Nf3 as a reply to e6 instead of the more convenient d4, and I don't really know how to deal with that.
    But recently it has been suggested to me that I should try playing ( 1.e4 e6
    2.Nf3 c5! ) which transposes the game to a Sicilian def, French variation, but it's so hard to find any information about the french variation of the Sicilian defense. 🙁

  9. Finally, thank you. You could also make a video on the QGD Tarrasch variation and the trompowsky, since there is almost no videos concerning these two oppenings. hope you'll consider it.

  10. Hi Dereque! Could you tell me the model of your Chess pieces? Thks for all those great vids. Hugs from Uruguay!

  11. I haven't finished watching this yet, (I paused it), But you've done it again! You have managed to make another completely free instructional video that teaches me a lot. It's been a while, but thank you again Dereque. 

  12. Thanks for the video. I am a bit bored with the Semi-Slav, so I have to try 2..Nc6 at some point. Seems more sharp though.

  13. Thank you for posting yet another fascinating opening! I was wondering what black's aspirations, and also white's, would be after white's move 8. Ne5… rather than the clever move 8. Nd2 in the variation 1 d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. cxd5 Qxd5 4Nf3 e5 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. Bxc3 e4… What are your thoughts on this variation?

  14. Love your video! Think you can make a video for the newbies of chess?

  15. Hey dereque can you please do a video of the owens defence or the two knight tango?

    Thank you

  16. Dereque, what should black play against 3.c5?

  17. Tchigorin Defense
    1.    d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 Black wants to pressure the d4 pawn. (Sharp opening)
    now if 3.cxd5 Qxd5 4.Nc3 then 4…Qxd4 is good for Black
    4.e3 then 4…e5
    4.Nf3 waiting to play 5.Nc3. Black should play 4…e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 e4 Black got decent development. The e4 pawn can advance to e3.
    If 8.Nd2, then 8…e3 9.fxe3 Nf6 offers adequate compensation for pawn.
    Black does not have to sac the pawn. 8…Nf6 9.e3 0-0 10.Bc4 Qg5.
    If 10.Qc2 Re8 11.Bc4 Qg5
    3.Nc3 pressuring d5 3…dxc4 4.d5 is playable
    4.Nf3 Bg4 5.d5 Bxf3 6.exf3 Ne5 7.Bf4 Ng6 8.Bxc4 – is good for White
    4…Nf6 is a better alternative for Black. 5.e4 Bg4 6.Be3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4, and White can choose between 8.Qc2 or 8.Qd3
    3.Nf3 securing d4, threatening cxd5. 3…Bg4 attacks the defender of d4. 4.cxd5 Bxf3 (5.dxc6 Bxc6 offers black equality) 5.gxf3 Qxd5 hitting d4. 6.e3 e5 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.Bd2 Bxc3 9.bxc3
    9…Qd6 10.Rb1 b6 11.f4 exf4 12.e4 and White regains pawn on f4 with eventual Qf3

  18. thanks for this lesson.its much useful.

  19. @derequekelley When pwhite plays 3.Nf3 isnt that very good fro white with that f4 pawn sacrifice

  20. Your way to make the video and list all the question what beginner will wonder let me feel like you are face to face and teaching me(coz you answer my question!). your smile make you like a nice and friendly teacher! Keep go on, I am looking forward to your new video!

  21. I'm just a noob, but your videos are really interesting and useful. Thank you very much.

  22. So my gatherings form this video is that if you are black, you are at an advantage if playing someone unfamiliar with the Chigorin defense, however at a disadvantage assuming you are playing someone very familiar with it. Wouldnt this mark this opening defense as obsolete or ineffective if you are playing against someone Class A or above?

  23. Again, fantastically instructive video, Dereque! The Chigorin Defence has mystified me for a bit. Keep up the great work!

  24. Hi I love you and your vids do more PLEASE and if you know smothered mate do it please!

  25. Please add this video to your IOS Openings App

  26. Even when white wins, it's often a long slog middle game and as Dereque mentions, you can get into gnarly positions that aren't so easy to solve playing white. I don't think it holds many terrors for anyone at the GM level anymore, but it's a viable defense for most of us. One of my computer programs plays it consistently against d4, and gives me a tough game, winning many.

  27. if they take dxc6 bxc6 then what to do tell

  28. hi dereque i easily forget the openings need  advice

  29. Thanks, can I ask what your rating is now?

  30. I love the chigorin defense; its very sharp and has chances of disturbing white's position, and since its slightly more unorthodox and unusual than a slav defense, QGD, or QDA, it can catch lots of my opponents off guard or off theory 🙂

  31. Hi Dereque,
    thanks for nice videos, i used to play Grand prix attack against sicilian defense accoring to Your videos and it always worked out very good, I reached good resultes evan against stronger players…tomorrow I am going to play two games against stronger player in our league, so far he won 3 times and onec I made draw in our games. I am planning to use chigorian defense, he always strats with d4 pawn as white, so I hope, this defesne will be unknown for him (:

  32. please show complete system how to win in chess game !

  33. Such great explanation, clear and easy to understand yet precise and not watered down. This video is a jewel to me. Thanks Dereque!

  34. This guy gets his openings screwed up the chagrin is a 1 e4 defense!!!!! he's done this several times!!!!!

  35. when did chess go to E5….D2…etc?.  Real chess notation is P-K4, Kt-KB3 etc……can we go back to real chess notation please?

  36. very nice videos!! thank you very much for these lessons 😁 ps: the correct spelling of "fianchetto" is like with the k. something like phyanketto (double t at the end is also pronunce differently then a single t)

  37. A common opponent of mine has tripped me up a couple times with the Chigorin defense, so I found this video to try and help me out. I think you did a great job at explaining the main ideas of a very interesting opening. As I love off beat defenses I'm thinking of trying it myself now! I'll also look to your channel next time I need to learn an opening!

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