5 BEST Openings for Black (2024)

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Detailed videos on these openings

πŸ”Ή Englund Gambit –
πŸ”Ή Traxler Counterattack –
πŸ”Ή Charlick Gambit –
πŸ”Ή Rousseau Gambit –
πŸ”Ή Ponziani-Steinitz Gambit –

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Recently, GM Igor Smirnov researched openings played in the previous year (2023) and shared the top 5 best chess openings for White in 2024. Responding to numerous requests from the IgorNation, he’s now unveiling the best openings for Black in 2024 – exactly what you’ll learn from this video!

GM Igor Smirnov meticulously analyzed various chess openings based on two main criteria: 1) Providing the highest win rate and 2) Likelihood of reaching the desired position. Therefore, here are the top 5 best chess openings for Black in 2024. Mastering these openings will lead to numerous victories in 2024 and the years ahead!

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00:00 5 Best Chess Openings for Black (2024)
00:10 5) 54% win rate chess opening against 1.d4
01:15 Pro Tip-1
01:40 Pro Tip-2
02:12 4) 57% win rate chess opening against the Fried Liver Attack
04:35 3) 60% win rate chess gambit against 1.d4
06:47 2) 61% win rate chess gambit against the Italian Game
09:14 1) 68% win rate chess gambit against the Italian Game

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42 Comments

  1. β–Ί Chapters

    00:00 5 Best Chess Openings for Black (2024)

    00:10 5) 54% win rate chess opening against 1.d4

    01:15 Pro Tip-1

    01:40 Pro Tip-2

    02:12 4) 57% win rate chess opening against the Fried Liver Attack

    04:35 3) 60% win rate chess gambit against 1.d4

    06:47 2) 61% win rate chess gambit against the Italian Game

    09:14 1) 68% win rate chess gambit against the Italian Game

  2. Damn, I didn't know I have to learn new openings every year

  3. Levy calls the first one the dark knight gambit πŸ˜‚

  4. As an Italian game player, I am sweating… Lol

  5. I've got my first game of my first ever chess tournament today representing my chess club. I will be playing black and I have been trying to learn the Kings indian however the opening doesn't seem to work for me. Then this video dropped and I believe it will help because you are a brilliant teacher. Thanks πŸ˜€

    Edit: I won!!!

  6. With englund gambit I like to play 2.dxe5, Nf6, 3.Nc3 Qe7 4.Bc4 Qg4+. Getting really tricky for white. I'm 1000 and 7 out of 10 my opponent just plays 5. c3 blocking with the pawn, but then Qxc4 picks up the bishop.

  7. I don’t know if it is an amazing game but could you analyze Sokov vs Shapiro? Sokov was a genius player in Russian draughts, but he played chess as well. That is the unique chess game I found.

  8. Thank you very much.
    I have my weapons to play with.

  9. I stopped watching at Englund gambit. Don't play that trash, nobody falls for it nowdays, even on 1200 level.

  10. Another great video !!!
    – I already like the Rousseau Gambit (against Italian game) and the Schlieman Gambit (against the Spanish game)
    – I will study the Charlick Gambit
    Fot the momement against d4 I prefer to start by Nf6
    – if BF4 (London system) –> c5
    – if c4 (queens gambit) –> e4 to go to the Budapest Defense of the even more tricky Farajowicz gambit
    – if another move –> I can choose between g6 (for the solid Indian's game) or d6 and c6 (also solid but a bit more tricky Pirc Czech defense)

  11. Ok, we saw different openings for this year. But will we see new maps? Or, maybe, balance updates, new heroes, artifacts?

  12. Those pictures for the Ponziani are hilarious πŸ˜‚

  13. no, Secilien Defence are the best defence for black πŸ’ͺ

  14. Secilien defence is sharp, its winning rate is high

  15. In the Rousseau Gambit please talk about e3 for white.

  16. Video idea for beginning and intermediate players: how to beat Magnus Carlsen in the first 20 moves.

  17. At first, I couldn't see how the Traxler Gambit has such a high win rate. Even if white does grab the bishop on f2, black can respond to Nxe4 with Ke3 (an easy move to find), then Qh5 is met with g6. As I explored it, I see that there are other potential traps for white to fall into along this line, though. Black's biggest problem comes if white knows to capture f7 with the bishop rather than the knight. After that, black will have a harder time.

    The Englund Gambit seems more likely from white playing "logical" moves, but when the knight is offered and Smirnov says, "In most cases, white does capture, …," that isn't quite true. It is the most common move, but still only 32% of the time. 2/3 of the time, white will choose another move that is much more favorable for white. I can definitely see it working for players that are only a few hundred rating points, but I would be nervous to play this against a player 1000+, perhaps even 800+. Also, it is important to note that if white plays 3. Nc3 instead of Nf3, you can't go ahead with the gambit because the white queen is protected by the knight on c3.

    The Charlick Gambit looks much more appealing to me, largely because it isn't dependent upon white falling into traps, but I will have to figure out how best to deal with white's Nb5, threatening to trade his knight for the dark square bishop and isolating black's center pawn.

    The Rousseau is one I have been prepping for already. The edge is still to white if he knows the right moves, but black still can have a decent position against the best play.

    I haven't seen the Ponziani-Steinitz before. It looks interesting. I will look into it.

  18. There is check, checkmate, then Checkers.πŸ˜‚

  19. Loved the hats and glimpse into your life Igor, lovely, but very distracting lol HAD to re-watch that entire section lol

  20. Thanks for the video very helpful❀

  21. Surely the success of these openings all depend on your Opponent making the moves you Hope they will make….rarely do we get That lucky.

  22. Thanks for the lesson..πŸ‘πŸ™

  23. I played the roussou gambit quite often with a great win rate .

  24. Oh wise and mighty one…
    For Rousseau Gambit @ time stamp 8:25 ish, after black play pawn to G6.
    How should black respond if white goes Queen takes H7 pawn?
    Black Rook to G2?

    Or do you have a more devious motif???

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