3 Best chess openings for black against e4

Opening preparation is a very difficult task. You have to be patient to prepare an opening. Opening preparation can take anywhere between 1 to 3 years. Many times that time is also not enough. Now in this article, we will see some of the most popular openings which are used by many top players to play against e4. Now the opening selection completely depends on players’ style and liking.

1- king’s pawn opening

White immediately takes control of the center and opens lines of development for his pieces – it’s clear that 1. e4 is very much in line with opening principles. The King’s Pawn Opening has been the favorite move of many top-tier chess players. Here whites have many choices the main choices are Ruy Lopez, four knights, and guicco piano. These openings are covered in chapters C20–C99 in ECO.

2- Sicilian defense

the Sicilian Defence is in modern practice the most common continuation. The Sicilian Defence allows Black to fight for the center by preparing to meet a d2–d4 advance with …cxd4. The Sicilian is among the sharpest and most analysed openings in chess, and it has eighty chapters, B20–B99, set aside for it in ECO.

Here white has a lot of options to play and black has to prepared for these options. Now black has 4 main choices here in the mainline. let’s see 1 by 1

  1. Najdorf Variation – The Najdorf Variation is Black’s most popular system in the Sicilian Defence. Najdorf’s intention with 5…a6 was to prepare …e5 on the next move to gain space in the center. The immediate 5…e5?! is met by 6.Bb5+!, when Black must either play 6…Bd7 or 6…Nbd7. The former allows White to exchange off Black’s light-squared bishop, after which the d5-square becomes very weak; but the latter allows 7.Nf5 when Black can only save the d-pawn by playing the awkward 7…a6 8.Bxd7+ Qxd7. In both cases, White’s game is preferable.
  2. Dragon Variation – In the Dragon Variation, Black fianchetto a bishop on the h8–a1 diagonal. It was named by Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky in 1901, who noticed a resemblance between Black’s kingside pawn structure (pawns on d6, e7, f7, g6, and h7) and the stars of the Draco constellation. White’s most dangerous try against the Dragon is the Yugoslav Attack, characterized by 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6, when 9.0-0-0, 9.Bc4 and 9.g4 are White’s most common moves. This variation leads to extremely sharp play and is ferociously complicated since the player’s castle on opposite wings and the game becomes a race between White’s kingside attack and Black’s queenside counterattack. White’s most important alternative to the Yugoslav Attack is 6.Be2, the Classical Variation.
  3. Scheveningen Variation – Black doest prefer this variation because of keres attack which white can play. Keres attack opening is one of the most dangerous openings in this variation. White wins in most of the games.

You can choose any opening from the above three variations. I will suggest starting with najdorf variation.

3- French Defence

It is a chess opening for the black and a counterattack against the white’s move 1.e4. If we take a look from the black’s first move, it looks directly at the black through the a2-g8 diagonal which is generally said to be one of the biggest weaknesses for black and it then advances to take direct control of the light squares in the center after 2.d5.

You can play french defense if you like passive positions.




Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Magnus Carlsen, who will become world champion in 2021?

Today, when I am writing this article grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi, drew his game against Maxime Lagrave of France in round 13. Nepo has already secured his candidate’s title despite whatever happens in round 14. Nepo already scored 8.5/13 and in 2nd position, Giri scored 7.5/13.

Magnus Carlsen is already world champion. Ian Nepomniachtchi will be fighting for the world championship title. Nepo is already a very strong grandmaster with a live rating of 2797. Nepo has big chances to win against world champion Magnus Carlsen. Let’s first see who is Ian Nepomniachtchi

Who is Ian Nepomniachtchi?

Ian Alexandrovich Nepomniachtchi is a Russian chess grandmaster. He was born on 14th July 1990. In October 2016, Nepomniachtchi was ranked fourth in the world in both rapid chess and blitz chess.

In 2016 Nepomniachtchi won the 7th Hainan Danzhou tournament in July and the Tal Memorial in October.

In July 2018, he won the 46th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, scoring 5/7

In 2020 December he won the Russian championship with 7.5 points out of eleven matches, edging out GM Sergey Karjakin by half a point.

In all Nepomniachtchi is a very strong player.

Who is Magnus Carlsen?

Almost 99% of people who are reading this article will know who is Magnus Carlsen. Magnus Carlsen is a current world champion and he is from Norway.

Carlsen became World Chess Champion in 2013 by defeating Viswanathan Anand. In the following year, he retained his title against Anand, and won both the 2014 World Rapid Championship and World Blitz Championship, thus becoming the first player to hold all three titles simultaneously, a feat he repeated in 2019. He defended his classical world title against Sergey Karjakin in 2016, and against Fabiano Caruana in 2018. Carlsen surpassed Sergei Tiviakov‘s unbeaten streak in classical chess of 110 games.

Dates and place of the world championship match.

World Championship Match will be conducted in Dubai from 24th November 2021. Originally it was planned in 2019 but due to the corona tournament get postponed. Now most probably dates are final 

There will be a total of 14 rounds in the world championship match and all-round will consists of a lot of time control. The match will be a best-of-14 match, with tie breaks. This was increased from best-of-12 (in place for every world championship match since 2006), after all, 12 regular games were drawn in the previous match in 2018.

Carlsen vs Nepo who will become champion?

This question is very difficult. generally, most people will say Magnus for sure but I will say no have almost equal chances. we will publish a detailed comparison report in some other articles but generally, both players have equal chances.

Nepo also has a very good score against Carlsen compared to other players. In total, they have played 23 games as per Fide record but in which Carlsen won 8 games and nepo only won 2 games. Nepo obviously finds it difficult to win the world championship match but it is not impossible for him.

Nepo is called as the finest player in the world and we are very excited to see what happens exactly in the world championship match.

3 ways to earn money by playing chess

What are the ways to earn money from chess? I saw this question much time and now I will write a full detailed answer in form of an article.

Most of the beginner players only know earning money is possible by playing chess and coaching but they probably don’t know many other ways which are available and many players who are earning a decent amount of money through it.

If we compare chess to other big sports like cricket or football then we will see that there are very low prize funds in chess if you are not On the top 10 lists. Watch the following video of GM Hikaru Nakamura to see how much top grandmasters make.

Most of the grandmasters who is below 2600 make anywhere between $1500-$4000. If you are living in top countries then this is very less because expenses are very high but if you are a grandmaster from a developing country or underdeveloped countries then it is a very good amount of money.

But this case is for the grandmaster. But what if you are a 2200 or 1800 or even 1400 rated player? How you can earn money from chess? Let’s see some of the best ways to earn money through chess.

1- Playing chess

This is a very traditional way. By playing chess top players are earning a decent amount. But if you are rated below 2000 or below 2200 then most probably it is very difficult to win the prize and live a happy life.

There are many below tournaments but in which you have limitations. You cannot play and win each and every below tournament

If you are IM or GM and even sometimes a +2200 player then you can defiantly earn money through playing leagues that pay anywhere from $100-$1000 per game!

But these league tournaments happen only in European countries so if you are not from Europe then it is very difficult to travel for league tournaments.

As per my knowledge, Only grandmasters can survive by playing chess tournaments.


Coaching is the best way to earn money to this date. Anyone can take coaching. Coaching is a different kind of skill. You can easily do coaching to your relatives, friends.

There are 2 types of coaching. Online coaching and offline coaching. Online coaching and offline coaching. Generally, offline coaching prices are 1.5x or 2x compare to online coaching.

if you are a rated player above 1400 then you will get few students easily. You can create your brochure and circulate it to your relative’s and friends’ circle. Most probably you will get your first 3-4 students very easily. 

There are many websites where you can list as a chess coach.

Following are major services

  • Chess.com
  • lichess
  •  coaches

When you start coaching, Keep in mind that give your 100% efforts towards your students.

How much you can make through coaching?

Online coaching is becoming very popular nowadays. Following are the estimated charges for online coaching. You can take 1.5x or 2x for offline coaching.

This range is very wide I will say anywhere from $5 to $125. I have excluded 2700+ grandmasters because some of them take even more than 125$

In general, the grandmaster charges $30-$120. International Master charges $20-$50. Fide master charges $10-$25.

Most players whose rating is above 2000, charge $5-$20. Below 2000 rated player charge $3-$15.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing means you promote products and you get some commission when someone purchases their products.

Many chess websites offer affiliate programs where you can sign up and start earning commissions.

How you can do affiliate marketing?

  • You can start your own chess blog and start promoting products.
  • Start your youtube channel and start promoting products
  • Start your Facebook page or Instagram page and start promoting products.

How much you can earn?

Affiliate marketing has a lot of potentials. If you focus on personal branding then affiliate marketing is very easy.

You have to create trust in viewers’ minds and then you can start earning.

Many affiliate programs give 30%-50% commission on each sale. Suppose you sell only 10 programs and each program cost 100$ then effectively you will earn $300-$500.

Affiliate marketing is a process. You continuously have to promote various products, post various things.

There are various youtube channels and blogs about affiliate marketing. You can watch videos and read blogs to set detailed knowledge.

  Some best affilate programms

  • ichess
  • chess.com
  • the chess world
  • chess24
  • chessbase
  • Amazon
  • staunton chess
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5 best book for chess openings

There are thousands of chess books are available in the market. Many of them are published by top publishers. Ofter there is an issue which book is to purchase.

Here we are going to help you with some of the amazing chess books which are written by grandmasters and top players.

Following is the list of 5 best book for chess openings

1- Grandmaster Repertoire – 1.e4 vs Minor Defences by Parimarjan Negi

Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi got the grandmaster title when he was just 13 years old. He was a prodigy at that time.

He further studied in a university located in the USA. at that time he has written chess repertoire against e4. This book became very famous.

After this success, he launched another 2 books with quality chess publications.

In this book, he covered Alekhine, Pirc, Modern Pirc defense, and Scandinavian plus various offbeat alternatives Black may try.

Negi’s latest work continues the winning formula of his previous books: the 1.e4 repertoire is founded on established main lines and turbo-charged with the innovative ideas of a world-class theoretician, making this an essential addition to the library of every ambitious player.

2-The Exhilarating Elephant Gambit by Michael Agermose Jensen and Jakob Aabling-Thomsen

The Elephant Gambit is perhaps the boldest opening in all of the chess theory. By meeting 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 with 2…d5!?, Black takes the fight to his opponent and aims to seize the initiative as early as possible.

This line is completely new in the market and this is the first book published on elephant gambit by quality chess.

The author Jakob is an international master. Another author Michael Agermose Jensen is also an experienced chess player.

This book will cover the entire elephant opening from the black side. Basically, this opening is perfect for blitz and rapid games.

This is a new opening trend and you can prepare if you are 2000 rated or below. you can easily trick your opponent.

3-Grandmaster Opening Preparation by Jaan Ehlvest

Jaan Ehlvest is an Estonian-American grandmaster, a former Estonian Champion, and a former Soviet and European Junior Champion. Ehlvest is also an Olympiad Gold medallist and has been ranked in the top five in the world.

This book is mainly focused on how to select your openings and why engine lines are not always better.

This book is perfect for all players who are looking for choosing a good opening. This book is also focusing on isolated queen pawn structures.

This book is perfect for all players without any rating barrier.

4- Beat the Najdorf and tiamanov sicilians

Grandmaster SP Sethuraman has written this book. Sethuraman is a very strong player from India and won many major tournaments. Sethuraman also published his course on chessable.

This book is mainly focusing on Najdorf and Taimanov Sicilian. I feel this is one of the best books written ever.

He actually already has a decent reputation as a dangerous theoretician on the white side of 1.e4, and in particular against these two openings. He had shown some interesting ideas in my games over the years which were the result of his real passion for opening knowledge, a trait that has stayed with him throughout his chess career.

5- The Modernized Ruy Lopez for White 

This book Is written by Dariusz Swiercz. Dariusz is currently studying in the USA. He is one of the youngest players in history and the youngest Polish player of all time to qualify for the title of Grandmaster at the age of 14 years and seven months in 2009.

In 2018 he switched his national federation to the United States.[1] Since 2019, Dariusz has been married to Keyla Swiercz.

Ruy Lopez is the most popular opening in chess. In this book, Dariusz explained Ruy Lopez in detail.

This book is basically divided into 2 parts. In 1st part he focused on modern systems and in the 2nd part he focused on traditional systems.


How to analyze a chess position? A complete guide for beginners!

Often players don’t know how to analyze chess positions. In this article, we are going to see some techniques to analyze the chess position.

Why analysis is important?

Analyze a chess position is a very hard and boring part of chess. If you are playing chess in the tournament then you have to analyze the chess position to make a proper plan. Analyzing a chess position is art.

Strong players often analyze games when they are studying. They analyze a single game for more than 3 hours and sometimes more than 1 day. The analysis is a great way to explore chess. In the tournament, you have to be sharp and make the right plan. If you fail to make any plan then you will be suffered a lot.

Tips to analyze a chess position in a tournament game

1- Concentrate – Analysing the position is the hardest part of chess. When you are playing a chess tournament you should concentrate on your position only. To improve your concentration power, you can practice meditation. Meditation keeps your brain sharp.

2- Proper sleep – If you want to keep your brain sharp before your game then you should sleep at least for 8 hours a day in tournament time. Proper sleep help to increase concentration power.

3- Make easy plans- Don’t make a very difficult plan and don’t spend your time In making a plan. Just check you are not doing any blunder and play the move. When you spend the time then you will get time pressure in the endgame and eventually you will be in trouble. Always make easy plans and play fast.

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How to analyze chess positions at home?

1- Use various tools – If you scroll through this article you will find tools to analyze chess positions. Using various tools will help you to do analysis in a lot easier way.

2- self analyses – This is the most important part of a chess game. Analyzing chess position selfly is a very important part of chess. You should sit in one position and analyze a single position for at least 10-15 min. It will improve your sitting capacity and eventually this will be beneficial for you in a tournament


Selecting a chess position for analyzing the game.

This is a very important part of chess. Selecting a chess position is a very difficult job. Most players get confused about this.

You can use books that are based on positional chess. Here are some suggestions – Improving positional play by Boris Gelfand. The other way is to select any top-player game and start analyzing without an engine. This will help you a lot.

Always try to solve hard positions. Dont select positions which are very basic and easy to do.

Also, you can play online rapid games and analyze critical positions in the game. You can also watch agadmator’s youtube channel and learn how he analyses the game.


Best tools to analyze a chess position

1- Chessbase reader – Chess base is one of the premium software and they provide free software called ChessBase reader. In this software, you can do multiple things. This is the only software that is available which gives a complete package. You can download this software from here.

2- Stockfish engine – Stockfish is a chess engine that is completely free and open-sourced. This is currently one of the best engines available in the chess market. You can use stockfish to analyze your games, finding novelties, and prepare openings. You can download this from here.

3- Lichess – This is also a completely free open-sourced website build via Github. On this website, you can play and learn from various puzzles. Currently, lichess has millions of users and hopefully, it will become a top website in chess.

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