BEST Chess Opening Under-1600 (it’s not what you think!)

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the best chess opening for White, especially for those rated under 1600. It is very easy to learn, solid and aggressive, and unknown by most chess players, which gives you a significant edge.

It is the Richter-Veresov Attack which happens after the following moves: 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5. This will definitely surprise a lot of your opponents and they are most likely to fall into the deadly traps.

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00:00 Best Chess Opening for White After 1.d4
01:05 Richter-Veresov Attack 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5
01:57 Black’s blunder in move 4 [TRAP]
03:19 If Black plays 3…e6 (instead of 3…Bf5)
05:02 White’s key attacking idea
06:18 Evaluating chess positions strategically (positionally)
08:58 If Black does NOT take dxe4
10:37 Delaying the development of the g1-knight

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79 Comments

  1. Easy to understand great tutorial, appreciate your work

  2. This is a nice video. But I wonder what white would do after 3. Bg5 if black answers with h6, attacking the Bishop on g5? Don´t know my rating, it´s probably 800, at best 1200, but this move is what I learned and it seems it´s a popular move, too ….

  3. Thanks for the video Igor, here’s a line I would love to see
    D4 d5 nc3 nf6 bg5 e6 or anything q d3

  4. ► Chapters

    00:00 Best Chess Opening for White After 1.d4

    01:05 Richter-Veresov Attack 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5

    01:57 Black's blunder in move 4 [TRAP]

    03:19 If Black plays 3…e6 (instead of 3…Bf5)

    05:02 White's key attacking idea

    06:18 Evaluating chess positions strategically (positionally)

    08:58 If Black does NOT take dxe4

    10:37 Delaying the development of the g1-knight

  5. Hi Igor sir. Just wanted to tell you that your videos have helped me reach 2200 rapid from 1600 in lichess in less than 6 months. Extremely helpful

  6. it's the richter-veresov attack, there is an exelent book by eduard gufeld about it.

  7. What is a Repertoire you recommend for a beginner who loves to learn tricky lines? I play Bishop's opening for white, it it okay or should I play Vienna Gambit as a lot of people recommend it and what can be a repertoire for black

  8. Immensely helpful Igor thank you very much

  9. On my level (500 Elo/beginner) nobody plays e6, they mostly play h6

  10. Am I missing something or doesn't black just go Bxh4 at 6:19? Bishop and Queen attacking h4 with only white rook defending?

  11. Shit bro my friend used it againt me once and i just tried to premove my kings indian. Lets just say it didnt work

  12. This is very useful! I have a very solid opening as my weapon! Thank you so much!!

  13. Can you please make a video about the endgame principles also love your channel😁😁😁

  14. I have 1question is that when we try to win the knight at 2:35, can''t they counter by attacking the bishop? It will result in a equal trade only?

  15. Igor we all appreciate these vids. You’re amazing and going to become huge in the chess-streaming world.

    I really appreciate the fact that you included the basic attacking ideas if the traps dont get fallen for or for once we get out of prep. I think identifying the best way to move forward while maintaining pressure in the middle game is a big weakness or difficulty for many intermediate players.

    Amazing work, i played my first OTB rated tournament last week and recommended your channel to everyone i spoke to!

  16. at 1:10 after Bg5, what happens if black plays h6? Wouldn't that change everything?

  17. I get this opening a lot, and i simply play the horse to h5 and attack the bishop with pawn after that i take the bishop with horse. After moving the horse to h5 every time opponents pause and don't know what to play

  18. Master Igor you're amazing, thanks for the content! <3

  19. Lost 200 points after rage playing 60 matches gptta get back 1200 now imma try and tell y'all how it goes.

  20. Thank's for this nice video, that we help me to get a new weapon as i m a D4 player!!

  21. Thanks a lot Igor for this soo interesting opening for white with D4! 😊👍♟

  22. Thank you for this but what I meed to lean is like king mores because I don't make king mores but sometimes I have to in my games and I play positional chess and your telling me to antk which is very good but I meed chess vdios on posititonal chess that will halp me I thank that will halp onthere people👍

  23. Can you do a video about the haxo gambit and how to destroy it

  24. I have tried this opening over and over and no one has ever done anything he anticipated from black in this video

  25. I've been testing out this opening in bullet and I've been getting good results to the tune of +100 elo. I don't get the same moves I see in the video, but my opponents tend to overextend their pawn structure on the kingside leading to a easier exposed king.

  26. WHOA! Veresov is my main! I never thought I'd see a video about that in a reputable channel haha

  27. I don't think most people under 1600 even know the names of openings

  28. Igor this is the best segment I have seen you do, so far. As a beginner I understood everything you said. Thank you for your insight and research that you do on all the openings, most moves played and even what elo's get caught by blundering and playing their tactics to divert the plan you structured.🤗

  29. I will play this against my chess sparring partner latter this month. Thank you. Mick

  30. After white bishop to g5, what to do about black pawn to h6 followed by bl. pawn to g5

  31. Please do a video about best opening in black that against most white openings even strange ones from 900 to 1600

  32. I disagree SO STRONGLY! Only morons fall for these weak defenses. This opening is so easy to defend against!

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  35. Thank you. This is super informative. I remember a chess program playing this line a lot as White against me years ago when I was starting to get a bit more serious about chess in my early teens. It used to frustrate me to no end, and I never quite knew how to respond. This was just several years before the internet, so it wasn't easy to find out what to do.
    Curiously, what would White do if Black played 3…Ne4? Also, what would White play if Black just went 3…Nbd7 and then 4…g6 on the next move? Another plan I could see Black go for would be to just play 3…c6 without really caring about doubled pawns or White playing e4. It seems to me that Black's position could hold.

  36. Thanks so much for your videos, a lot of gold nuggets here. Your explanations are clear and you have a very chill style of explaining. I hope your channel keeps growing and going up👆

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