Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Ponziani Opening!

Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Ponziani Opening!

The Ponziani Opening begins with the moves:

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. c3

The most popular options for white are the Giuoco Piano, Italian Game, Ruy Lopez, Scotch Game, Scotch Gambit, Evans Gambit, Fried Liver Attack, Three Knights Opening, and Four Knights Opening. These chess openings are used at the Grandmaster level, but today we cover an opening that isn’t as common with the Ponziani Opening! The Ponziani Opening isn’t played often at the Grandmaster level because with perfect play, black can reach equality. Well, that’s what they say at least! In today’s video, I will not be covering the most common variations for white, but the variations that perform better! One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is going onto a chess database, looking up an opening like the Ponziani, and then only going over the main line. We need to go over the most popular variations by the opponent, but we ourselves should approach chess with more creativity! In most chess openings, there are opening moves that are ignored, but that doesn’t mean their worse! In fact, I believe when one plays the Ponziani to perfection against e5, white is guaranteed a slight advantage, and it’s very easy for black to make mistakes since most black players don’t prepare well for the Ponziani! In today’s video, we will cover the chess opening strategy, chess opening moves, chess opening principles, chess opening ideas, chess opening tricks, chess opening tips, and chess opening traps surrounding the Ponziani Opening. Chess strategy, principles, moves, ideas, tricks, traps, secret checkmate strategy are all important when studying chess openings.

The Ponziani Opening is also a good chess opening for beginner chess players and intermediate chess players. Why is this? First off, the Ponziani is a ton of fun! There are tons of tricks and traps that can help you improve at chess fast, beat higher rated players, and get more wins under your belt. The Ponziani is also good for showing how to play chess and how to improve at chess. The chess opening strategy, chess opening theory, chess opening lines, chess opening moves, chess opening ideas, chess opening principles, chess opening variations, chess opening tricks, chess opening traps, and chess opening chess opening strategy is second to none. The Ponziani opening is simply a top tier chess opening for white and can help you win more games. In this beginner’s chess lesson, we hope that you will not just learn to memorize lines and variations but really understand the game of chess. The fastest way to improve at chess is by not memorizing opening, but growing in the concept of the strategy, principles, and ideas surrounding a chess opening. Memorizing chess openings (especially chess opening traps) never hurts, but this needs to be done with understanding why we do what we do! We hope you enjoy learning to play the Ponziani Opening!

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172 Comments

  1. At 17:25, can you cover the top engine move Bc5? Isn't white just getting crushed? I've seen it a few times and it didn't turn out well.

  2. As a complete beginner armed with this bongziani, I'm off to my local chess club tonight. I'll remember the first three moves at least.

  3. Loved this video and how you made it easy to follow. Thx man🔥🇺🇸

  4. 16:25 What would be the attacking ideas for white in this position?

  5. 17:05 mark where you cover black’s fourth move, Nxe4: I advanced my d-pawn as you recommended; this put pressure on black’s knight on c6. But black surprised me with Bc5! This was a beautiful attack on my f2 pawn! I played Be3 and black played Bxe3, followed by my move, fxe3. Black then moved his threatened knight on c6. Not surprisingly, I lost the game. Turns out the best move for white after black’s move, Bc5, is dxc6. Black plays Bxf2+ and this gives black a very slight advantage. It is definitely a good response to the Ponziani.

  6. Could you make a video in roussesa gambit ?

  7. thx man with this video i can finally learn the basics

  8. Does this opening work with both sides or just white?

  9. After Nxe4 from black and white plays d5, what do you do if they play Bc5?

  10. What if they were to play en passant in the first variation? What do you do then?

  11. Tried the Ponziani. The counter-gambit f5 was played. All the moves thus explained fell to dust and the strong centre I was planning was just a pipedream. Any suggestions on how to deal effectively with the counter-gambit?

  12. Nice video. Gioco piano is pronounced like "joke-o" to increase your vast knowledge 👍

  13. There's no better Ponziani opening explanation on YouTube.

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