How to Choose a Chess Opening | Tactical/Positional Chess Openings Theory Explained | Opening Ideas

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About this video:
Choosing a chess opening can be tough for beginners and intermediate chess players. In this video I show you the different types of chess openings that are available, and why you might choose one over another. I talk about setup-based openings (also called positional openings), and theory-based openings (also called tactical openings). I give examples of each chess opening, including the London system, King’s Indian attack, Slav defense, Scandinavian defense (Icelandic gambit) and the King’s gambit. I give you the basic chess opening ideas and strategies for each type of chess opening, and give you chess tips and trick to choose the perfect chess opening for you.


  1. Are tactical based openings by nature more openspaced than positional based openings? Is the difference that you would play more closed and defensive when you play positional while you go more for the open attacking play in tactical openings? I must admit that positional openings can be quite aggressive as well allthough it comes later when the pawns have build up the room of momentum for the pieces. Am I right when I think that tacticians play more with their pieces than their pawns and don´t want to trade queens, while strategists play more with their pawns and like to trade queens? Finally tacticians focus more on openingtheory while strategists focus more on endgametheory. Am I right in all my intuitive assumptions?

  2. Definately f3 g4, I love that opening because the game goes by so quickly

  3. Been playing the hippo exclusively, both sides all week, and in a couple tournaments, working really well!

  4. I always play Van't Krujis Opening and French Defence when I'm black.

  5. Other chess content creators might be bigger and more “entertaining”, but when it comes to teaching chess, your are up there with Daniel Naroditsky as the best teachers I’ve personally seen. Thanks for helping me/us.

  6. Make a playlist of openings variation of Sicilian ,kings ,etc etc ,it will help all of us to learn , please help us to learn chess from one side to get into good level..! Please ,we understand your words more than others

  7. My godfather knows how to play chess but is not a chess player by any measure. I’ve only been playing just shy of 3 years and take it a lot more serious than him but one thing that he told me that helped me tremendously is just study 2 openings with white and 2 with black. His words helped me improve over the last year or so but I believe this video was a nice reminder of that.

  8. Great advice, what an interesting way to categorise openings.

  9. You are like the NinjaNerd of chess ❤️

  10. Thanks for These Educational Videos of… Chess obviously. Please continue to make Really good Chess videos!!! Really appreciate your content

  11. If you're under 1000 and wanna play some easy opening,
    When White: Play London System
    When Black: Play Kings Indian

  12. Really good advice. Clarified the whole style difference. Cheers Nelson.

  13. That really was insightful. Playing d4 as a London player all day every day, and how different that is then to e4 to black, is something you don’t think of. You are also right, once you pick an opening, you get stuck with it.

  14. I think i wanna get really good at bongcloud for white, and Scandinavian for black (the Icelandic gambit got me hooked)


  16. I really like your videos. As a relative beginner at chess they really give me a lot to think about.

  17. Well explained ! So basically have a few positional and tactical openings ready for each type of evolution of the game.

  18. Bong cloud is one of the greatest opening recommended by magnus and Hikaru….so I'll choose bong cloud without any questions…😆

  19. This has been probably the most important video for me in order to understand chess better. Thank you man so much.

  20. E4 positional based opening/easy to learn for black are the Caro Kan and the Pirc defense.

  21. Excellent video. Going to work on these different "opening" strategies. Thanks, your channel is awesome!

  22. As someone that has played chess most my life with a combination of both types of openings, this is really helping me think a bit differently and organizes my thought process on what I might want to focus on nowadays. I highly appreciate this video!

  23. Another amazing video! You're the best Nelson. So money is tight for me and I'm trying to economise, so last week I cancelled my paid membership! But I have just activated my paid membership again. I will find other ways of economising. You are so good I want to financially support you. Along with Robert Ramirez, imo, you are the best chess youtube teacher. In fact, don't tell him, but you are even slightly better than Robert Ramirez! (Do you make your money exclusively through chess now?). Keep up the wonderful work! 😀

  24. I play at a level where i will never be able to predict what moves my opponent will make next (<1000) , don't know if it's even worth the time learning an opening at that point

  25. This sounds good, except: Unless you're playing daily games (as opposed to live games) or against a computer, it's not legal to reference a book or database, so in order to play an opening 5 times, you need to learn it. So, in a sense, you're recommending that we learn lots of openings before we choose one. If we all had a ridiculously great memory like Magnus Carlsen, that would be fine, but few of us do. Am I missing something here (besides Carlsen's memory, of course)? Thanks.

  26. The London system is exactly what I was looking for. A consistent, blunder-free way to get all of my pieces developed. I had no idea that so many setups used a 2nd rank knight; I assumed that was a bad idea.

  27. Here are the openings I use:

    Evan's Gambit
    Sicilian Defense
    Dutch Defense

  28. The first opening I learned is Queens gambit and it's true that it's really hard for to switch to another opening once you get used to it.

  29. . D4 Nf3 g3 Bg2 O-O go brrrrrrr hanged Knight and pawn

  30. I play a positional opening with white, but with black I play avery sharp gambit and I love all two opening. Im a positional or a tactical player?

  31. Ahh yeah, Nelson Lopez. The son of Ruy Lopez….

  32. One thing that isn’t talked about is there’s so many defensive moves to play against London. U can always ignore the trade off and attack right away before they fully set up with the London

  33. Since I'm impatient and tend to blunder a lot, I'd rather play the tactical aggressive openings to give my opponent the same problems.

  34. Try as many as you can before you get stuck with one. Really insightful guy.

  35. If you’re a beginner, I’d say go for the positional openings, and if you really want to gain ELO fast, study a wide variety of tactical openings while playing a positional opening. Don’t study a ton of openings against e4 as black, study an opening for e4, then one for d4, etc. Maybe you play the London for a while while studying the Vienna.

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