Carlsen Teaches How to Play the Highest Win Rate Opening Against 1.d4

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares a simple yet aggressive chess opening for Black against 1.d4: the Benko Gambit, which arises after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5.

This opening is particularly easy for beginners to learn, as it involves the same setup, opening moves, and general middlegame plan across different variations.

You’ll also discover how a 16-year-old Magnus Carlsen employed the Benko Gambit to defeat a 2500-rated opponent.

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00:00 Aggressive Chess Opening For Black Against 1.d4
00:25 Benoni Defense: Weenink Variation
01:15 Benko Gambit, Highest Win Rate For Black
04:05 Common Middlegame Plans For Black
06:49 Powerful Knight on e5
09:04 Magnus Carlsen shows all common ideas
14:26 A very deep sacrifice by Magnus Carlsen
16:05 The final blow!

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41 Comments

  1. After Nb2 you take a2 you loose.Because black move Ra1.

  2. Minute 5.50 would the ba6 to c4 not better in stead of wasted move on black knight wasting moves

  3. 15:55 Re2 is the best move according to SF. In fact, the only move to not lose. Give back the material to escape death.

  4. Not sure you know who Dude Perfect is, but you are the spitting image of Coby Cotton.

  5. “Highest win rate opening”

    I’m about to bring down the average 50%

  6. Please video about how to analyse in chess

  7. Incredible instructor and chess knowledge, whom I personally learnt a lot from, but this exaggerated american accent is so weird that I cannot watch it for more than 5 minutes (

  8. Hi Igor, Can you make a video on the Reti gambit and The Semi-Slav. Thank you

  9. I really like your lesson Igor…👍🙏

  10. ► Chapters

    00:00 Aggressive Chess Opening For Black Against 1.d4

    00:25 Benoni Defense: Weenink Variation

    01:15 Benko Gambit, Highest Win Rate For Black

    04:05 Common Middlegame Plans For Black

    06:49 Powerful Knight on e5

    09:04 Magnus Carlsen shows all common ideas

    14:26 A very deep sacrifice by Magnus Carlsen

    16:05 The final blow!

  11. Amaizing strategy, I think I try similare moves!

  12. IGOR NATION WON'T LOSE TO D4 ANYMORE🗣️🗣️🗣️🔥🔥🔥🔥

  13. It's like gambit a Queen in King Gambit

  14. Nice video no one will ever play d4 again after they see this video

  15. learn aggressive opening in 10 minutes
    meanwhile video 17 and a half minutes

  16. I was going to say that this is the Benko gambit, but then you mention it.

  17. Igor thank you for your hard work. You’re my favorite coach. Please make a video on the Benoni

  18. Imma tell you guys. Old Benoni with immediate c5 is better because you don't need to learn trompowsky or anti-londons yet you still have the same traps. You can have pleasant position OR go to the benko gambit OR blumenfeld countergambit

  19. What if the white doesn't play those moves that are shown here? Maybe, white has some other ideas or better counters.

  20. I fell in love with this Gambit because of Magnus Carlsen.😻

  21. Thanks for another great video Igor!

    You seem like the nicest and humble man around, wish you all the best my freind🙂

  22. great video Igor! Its a fun gambit to play against 1. d4.
    15:20: "All of a sudden black rushed into this hasty attack on the kingside". Hasty isn't the word you want. Generally hasty means too early or poorly prepared which isn't the case here.

  23. By YouSum Live

    00:00:00 Aggressive opening for black against Queen's Pawn.
    00:00:29 Magnus Carlsen's successful opening against Johansson.
    00:01:22 Sacrifice pawn for strategic advantage in B Gambit.
    00:02:09 Consistent, user-friendly opening with long-term pressure.
    00:03:50 Utilizing strategic pawn sacrifices for positional dominance.
    00:04:18 Transitioning from opening to middle game with standard moves.
    00:05:25 Infilitrating opponent's territory for effective middle game play.
    00:06:11 Exploiting opponent's weaknesses with centralized knight placement.
    00:10:32 Gradual attack transition to maintain pressure on opponent.
    00:14:46 Refuting opponent's aggressive plan with deep piece sacrifice.
    00:16:19 Overwhelming opponent with multiple threats for a winning position.
    00:17:13 Carlson's strategic brilliance over deep moves.
    00:17:19 The beauty of the Bango Gambit.
    00:17:26 Punishing common openings with unusual tactics.
    00:17:37 Elevating positional understanding with Master Class.

    By YouSum Live

  24. Igor: Learn in 10 minutes!
    Also Igor: Video is 18 minutes long

  25. a2-a4 is the Benko killer, creating a dangerous passed pawn and preserving Nc3 or Be2 to b5 options.

  26. Ahhhhh the benko!!!! Urrr? It's a Gambit despite needing lots of moves to activate???

  27. If white play b6 then black is cramped with his c8 bishop. Shirov had a game on video on you tube showing how to play white without accepting the gambit

  28. That move on Qa2, doesn't that traps the queen when White Rooka1? (At time 11:57 )

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