Openings and Endgames – GM Varuzhan Akobian – 2013.09.25

Chess Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian presents an intermediate level lecture analyzing a variety of openings and endgame scenarios. This lecture brought to you courtesy of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.


  1. Akobian talking like the white angel on my shoulder

  2. Really great stuff. Im just wondering that he as a GM doesn't know the Austrian ( symmetrical) defense ; 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c5 ( even if its extremely doubtful you should still know it by name) great lecture though.

  3. Great lecture, but the "students"…besides taking a LOT of time to guess the right moves, their knowledge is quite bad. I have never had chess lessons and i at 5 minutes i could tell 5 different openings and they were not able to say half of that…
    I thought that he would be explaining things to 2000+ elo rated players!

  4. This is for an intermediate class. I'm not sure what the ratings are, but that might say something!

  5. I'm not sure why black can't play 6… Bf5 in the 5.Bf4 line.
    I looked at it with a computer and it doesn't show anything dramatic for white.
    Most people in the DB played 7.g4 and after Bg6 8.h4 but then just h6 and it's not clear if white should even be happy with those pawns.

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