Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Ponziani Opening || Crushing the Jaenisch Gambit!


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Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Ponziani Opening || Crushing the Jaenisch Gambit!

There are many good chess openings for white against e5 including the King’s Gambit, Danish Gambit, Vienna Game, Giuoco Piano, Italian Game, Ruy Lopez, Three Knights Variation, Evan’s Gambit, and Fried Liver Attack. However, in today’s video we cover the opening theory on a rare but strong chess opening, the Ponziani. The Ponziani Opening starts with the following moves.

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. c3

By playing the Ponziani Opening, we are making out intentions clear, preparing an immediate d4 push, fighting for the center of the board, which follows chess opening strategy. When playing the Ponziani Opening, we look to follow chess opening theory, chess opening ideas, chess opening moves, chess opening principles, chess opening traps, chess opening tricks, chess opening tips, chess opening tricks, and secret checkmate strategy. Many e5 players are not prepared for the Ponziani Opening, because it’s so rare. However, this does not take away from how strong it is! Some e5 players are prepared though, and one of the strongest responses to the Ponziani Opening is the Jaenisch Gambit or Jaenisch Counterattack. The Jaenisch Gambit is a strong response against the Ponziani Opening, and white can fall into trouble quickly if not prepared. That’s why we took the time to make this chess opening video covering the chess strategy, chess theory, chess tactics, chess opening variations, chess opening lines, chess tricks, chess traps, chess moves, and chess ideas surrounding the Ponziani Opening. The Ponziani Opening is a dangerous chess opening for white, and we hope you enjoy learning the chess opening theory!

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  1. Curious have you ever had an opponent use this ?

  2. I played many times ponziani against the bot. But 1500 antonio from onwards play something which are different from the ones black is playing here.

  3. The 3 videos that you have made on the Ponziani are all extremely instructive for anyone who plays this opening. I have to admit that I had doubts about the Ponziani, but after watching these 3 videos I am now a believer in this opening. The move 3. c3 may look slow but black has no way to take advantage of it and can easily wind up in a losing position.

  4. Thanks for the video! I love the Ponziani

  5. I got this position today, but after black bishop attack (7:14 in your video) I got surprised by dxc6 opening the black queen.
    After that came blunder after blunder from both sides (I play below 1500 in Blitz). But I won anyway. And I think, that is thanks to Your video. Thanks a lot.

  6. Thanks alot, very instructive videos on this opening.

  7. At 02:04 play Italian move you knight to G5 and your queen to F7 then got checkmate

  8. I stumbled over a move that you missed. In the Bb6 line after 9.Rg1 black can play o-o and stands better. I love the Ponziani, but am afraid.of this position. What is your recomendation after 9.-o-o ?

  9. Can you please cover the variation of the jaenich where the centre pawns trade before the knight takes e4? I see it in a lot of games and stockfish says it’s winning for black when I review it

  10. Great videos (also the others on the Ponziani opening).

    Is 13.Nxe4! better then 13.Nc4? to avoid 15…. exd3! don't You?

    I wish to ask, is for Black 15….Bxg1? but 15…. exd3! at 4:43 of the video? 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 Nxe4 5.d5 Bc5 6.dxc6 Nxf2 7.Qd5 Qe7 8.cxb7 Bxb7 9.Qxb7 O-O 10.Rg1 Qd6 11.N2d2 Rfe8 12.Be2 e4 13.Nc4? Nd3+ 14.Kd2 Qe6 and
    after 15.Bxd3, the best way for black is not 15….Bxg1? but 15…. exd3! (16.Kxd3 is not possible for mate 16…. Qe2++ 0-1),

    there are three way to protect e2:
    – first (16.Ne3 Qx3 17.Kd2 Qe2++ 0-1);
    – second (16.Nd4 Bxd4 17.cxd4 Qd2+ 18.Kc3 Qc2+ 19.Kb4 Rab1 20.Qxb1 Rxb1+ 21.Kc5 d4+ 22.Kd5 Rb5+ 23….Qxc4 and Black win in few moves 0-1) even (16.Nd4 Bxd4 17.Kxd3 Qe4+ 18.Kd2 Qe2++ 0-1) or (16.Nd4 Bxd4 17.Re1 Qxe1+ 18.Kxd3 Qe4+ 19.Kd2 Qe2++ 0-1);
    – Third (16.Re1 Qxc4 17.Kd1 Bf2 18.Rxe8 Rxe8 19.Bd2 Qe6 20.Qxc7 Qe2+ 21.Kc1 Qf1+ 22.Ne1 Rxe1+ 23.Bxe1 Qxe1++ 0-1). After 16.Re1 trere are other lines where Withe can try to exchange the Queens with Qb3 but Black refusal with Qe4 or Qf4 depending if withe Bishop is controlling the diagonal, if the case before Qe4 Black need to exchance the Rock in e line, allowed because white Queen is in b3, I think 16.Re1 is the best line for White but every variants is loosing 0-1.
    I know that all these lines are very hard to find for Black but it's better to avoid it with 13.Nxe4!, don't You?

    Let me know if I missed better moves for Withe is these variants.

  11. This is a fun opening. It's especially good in a Rapid game. Another great video. Thanks.

  12. thank you this was really helpful especially since i'm low elo and my opponents don't know the line

  13. The positional advantage that white gets in exchange for early points is so fantastic specifically against all lower rated Ops because most of them just take without hesitation and assume they have a winning advantage without giving any regard to the extreme positional disadvantage they are at.

    I also love how aggressive this opening is and how utterly unheard of it is. A lot of my Ops don’t even play the Nf6 or d5 and just end up ruining their own game.

  14. I don't like to learn openings but this video isn't frustrating at all, it's straight to the point with clear explanations.

  15. I think I just found the best theoretical channel of chess. Studying these by myself is hard and buying a bunch of books is really costly.

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