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. I feel pretty scared when I acknowledege that my opponents (elo 1200) could also watch Igor's videos…

  2. Great video as always….but what to do when the opponent plays Nbd7 on move 3 after Bg5 instead of pawn to e6?

  3. There are so many variations exists after this opening beyond in this video

  4. what happens at 4:38 if they take with g7 pawn instead of bishop?

  5. Yeah I only play bots and they almost never let me do what I hope to do.The limit seems to be 1600 bots they will not let you pull off these moves.Under 1600 then yeah they seem to just play MUCH worse even doing blunders.

  6. Dumb, the smart player…or computer… attacks white bishop with black night pawn…

  7. "Now you play bishop g5"
    Ah yes, this is the Ruy Lopez but on the opposite side.

  8. seems to work only if black opens in the dumbest way possible…what if they bring their second knight out for example? or the pawn to the knight? maybe when it says good for up to 1600el0 he meant 60elo. garbage. as for working on 2700elo…lol…this has to be a joke.

  9. so what happens when they attack your bishop with pawn to h6

  10. Rousseou gambit working best for me as black its like hammer against italian players

  11. I learned a lot from your channel.. love❤ from Bengal,india

  12. knight e4 is my first instinct after bishop g5

  13. my problem is my opponents never play the lines that are in the videos I watch and then I blunder because I dont know wtf to do

  14. The video title said it wasn't what I thought it was.. but this was exactly what I thought it was. So this channel will be Reported! Disliked! Unsubscribed and blocked!

    Just kidding. It's a great video, keep it coming.

  15. I appreciate your teaching and ordered another lesson from you on positional chess.

  16. I don't get why it isn't mentioned the bishop taking on h4. Rook won't recapture because of the queen so isn't a free pawn

  17. They all play c6 as 3rd move. 10 out 10 checked. So this tactic doesn't exit in real games.

  18. I have tried this a few times, and every time (so far) the opponent has responded to Bg5 with the simple h6! Which seems to. stop the whole thing in its tracks, is there a solution to this move please, oddly you do not cover this simple defence in this video? Thank you!

  19. Surely a slip of the tongue from GM Smirnov – this is not the Richter-Rauzer which is a variation of the Sicilian Defence. It can be called the Richter-Veresov but in the past has been known as the Trompovsky or just the Veresov (though technically that is 2 Bg5). Either way, it's annoying for a Black player who was expecting to face 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 and go into the Kings Indian or Nimzo-Indian.

  20. The transposition to the French Defence is interesting. I would be happy as Black as I play the Nimzo-Indian and French, but this move order prevents the Winawer Variation. I actually played the McCutcheon 4…Bb4, which very few White players knew and got me good results. Interesting to see the 4…Nbd7 5 Bxe7 Qxe7 6 Nb5 line, which would be really tricky and annoying to meet over the board as it disrupts Black's development.

  21. With the bishop in G5, what if black plays H6 to attack white bishop?

  22. this is similar to some of the lines in Jobava Rapport system 😀

  23. Easy to understand great tutorial, appreciate your work

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