Chess Lesson # 62: Best Opening for White Got Me From 1500 to 2100 on Lichess | London System |

You have to be aggressive sometimes regardless of your style or opening repertoire! That’s why in this class, you will see coach Robert just play blitz games using the different ideas covered in the last few lessons. We learned how the London System is an opening that can turn out to be extremely aggressive or extremely positional. We also put a lot of emphasis on opposite-side castling attack and it is time to provide you with enough material to fully understand such an important concept.

00:00 Intro
00:09 1st game using the London System as White vs 1335 player
05:58 2nd game using the London System as White vs 1660 player
08:13 3rd game using the Czech Pirc Defense as Black vs 1868 player
11:23 4th game using the London System as White vs 1967 player
15:36 5th game using the CzechPirc Defense as Black vs 2130 player

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  1. Good play of the various openings and techniques you have been teaching. It's also nice to see even a NM makes mistakes like the rest of us. Of course if you weren't trying to teach us during the limited time you have for the game I suspect you would do even better.

  2. This has been one of the most helpful videos at cementing London and Czech pirc for me. You’re doing god’s work🙏

  3. Do you think playing blitz is good for beginning players?

  4. "Fianchetto" is an Italian word: it has a "k" sound, not a Spanish "ch" sound.

  5. Why advertising the London so much? It’s a pain in the arse to face it with black pieces

  6. the last game in this video was real battle, uff…very helpful to see the way you think in chess game.Great lesson, as usually.

  7. never tell us do not try at home (pirc opositside) because I will try that xD heheheheh

  8. Really you are the best chess teacher in YouTube. I learned a lot from you thank you go ahead.

  9. In 19:11
    If rook moves f8, what will happen?
    Is this good move for black?

  10. I like these lessons when you teach us moves in live game because in reality the opponent sometimes do unexpected moves which is very much required to be addressed carefully. Thank you very much for the lesson sir 😀

  11. Excellent teacher. Thanks to you I have victories in chess. Fun to have you. Keep it up. Much appreciation and respect

  12. Hello sir. …thank you for this vdo. …

  13. I had to view it one more time, it never gets old. What a job. It is assisting me a great deal. May Jesus bless your entire family, Amen

  14. Thanks for another amazing lesson! I love the repetition and that you often refer to previous lessons.
    At 9:55 you played g4 and commented that you should have played h5 first. Would you play h5 with the intention to play h4 after and to prevent white from playing h4 to lock the attack?
    According to the computer g4 is the better move.

  15. The last game was awesome! You fought a good fight there.

  16. This was nicely explained. Great series, thanks dude!
    Can you add another video to this playlist explaining when it is right to sacrifice a bishop or knight at h6? And how to defend against it because most of the time it doesn't work?

    People do it a lot against me but I know from previous analysis with the engine, most of the time it doesn't work so I accept it and then defend by tucking the kind to the side and bringing the rook but sometimes I blunder mate in 1 haha right after defending correctly.

  17. Also I want to say, it is good idea you are doing practical videos explaining what you already explained, everyone just says the info.

  18. Hye Coach, what about English opening for white? is it effective?

  19. I really liked how at the second London system that you played, you managed to save your trapped Bishop; and with such an aggressive opponent. Excellent!

  20. Awesome demonstration coach, that last game was a “cliff hanger “ your training method has in proved my understanding of the game by
    volumes , thank you

  21. Hello bro,
    Can you explain in a video about the last game I think it's called Macdonell Attack!

  22. thanks for the great videos NM Rob. Now I'm already 1900+ in my lichess accont, Still hoping to get there at 2100 soon.:)

  23. Nice. Can you make a playlist with the London system, time to work on a new opening for myself

  24. Nice presentation. Just a suggestion. If you could edit the video and keep all the games of one particular opening in it and label it accordingly it would help viewers down the line to find what they are looking for. Just a suggestion

  25. Would you use a different account (on another platform, since usually you can't have two in the same place) or time control to practice new concepts? Or keep them in your main account?
    My rating is still pretty low (600 elo) and actually many concepts you teach are kind of advanced, I get the main idea but can't really put in practice in real games, a bit more in puzzles, so it's more out of curiosity at the moment.

  26. This wasnt just an educational chess video. It was hella entertaining, I literally had goosebumps in the last game. Great content Robert, thanks for this.

  27. Robert, as a follow up to this awesome video, do you still recommend this and what are your thoughts on the Jobava London?

  28. I am glad i am not the only london lover
    Thks for this vid

  29. Enjoyed this video. I have gone from 800 to 1100 playing these 2 openings exclusively for the last month and a half or so.

  30. Where did you introduce the london, I think I missed that one

  31. Hello Robert,
    I was a good player when I was in school and college. However, with managing office, I don't get a lot of time these days get into the intricacies of mang openings. Therefore, I turned to London system and Pirc, and I found your videos to be helpful. You have got a very nice style of explaining and as a result of that I'm able to remember opening without even putting a lot of efforts. Kudos to you for the great work that you are doing for Chess fraternity. Keep it up, and keep innovating.

  32. can't believe you are a NM 😀 that was quite bad play at times

  33. How long does it take to get to a 2000 rating?

    Me: I'm hoping to get there after probably two years of study and practice but I'm not sure if I have the talent to make it possible.
    NM Ramirez: Like twenty minutes and ima stream the whole thing.

    Seriously though, these videos are great. The best instructional chess videos I've found.

  34. Watched the whole series on opposite side castle attack and rly enjoyed it! You dont explain it to fast and as a beginner that means much, also videos are not long like 30-45min so its easier to remember! I think i m going to start from lesson #1 and go on from there! You are a great teacher, glad i found your channel 😀 Tnx a lot and looking forward to new videos ^^

  35. Mr Robertz …this opening is love ♥️♥️…. There may get variations at the beginning…. But is 💣

  36. His rating climb in a single vid is just like my development in a new Minecraft world, Hope I get this good at Chess one day

  37. Why the rating increasing quickly? Which chess platform is this?

  38. Hoping that you're still active in uploading games like this. Fast paced but the explanations are clear. Thanks for the vids sir.

  39. Bro I also wanna play with you!!! MY RATING =2200+

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