Most Common Chess Opening MISTAKE | Key Tactical Pattern

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will share with you the most common chess opening mistake ever. This opening error has been played in more than 2.4 millions of chess games!

You will learn how to avoid making this opening mistake yourself and how to punish your opponents when they make this most common opening mistake.

It happens in one of the most common chess opening positions after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4. It also happens in other openings – therefore, you simply have to remember this key, common tactical pattern to punish this blunder!

► Chapters

00:00 Most common chess opening mistake EVER!
00:29 This mistake happened in 2.4M+ games
02:10 Winning position for Black
03:23 If White plays 6.Bb5 instead of 6.Bxd5
05:36 If White plays 5.Bxf7+ instead of 5.Nxe4
08:39 White’s best response
09:44 Same tactical pattern for White
10:10 Tricky move 3.Be2, setting the trap

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  1. Well, I tried it and I got so lost, that I lost all the pieces 😀

  2. If I was playing this line, after Black's Nxe4, I as White would just play 0-0, allowing Nxc3, dxc3. White gives up a pawn for a lead in development.

  3. Right when I got off this video, I played the bishop e2 move and my opponent had no clue how to deal with the fork. He sacked his bishop then immediately resigned after blundering his knight on the next move. I'm impressed how easy it was to implement that trap. My opponent didn't immediately move his bishop to c5, so it was a delayed trap, but it was still effective with both his knights developed. Going to have to look at variations though if I play against someone who doesn't move their bishop there since I did get sorta worried that they wouldn't fall into the trap.

  4. When you play Bb5 to pin the knight my opp. just plays the a pawn, I move back, the play the next pawn… any advice?

  5. The problem with these videos is that this guy is a gm and doesn't consider the opponent playing the most obvious or dumb moves to counter your pins or whatever and it is something that we chess noobs rated lower than let's say 1000 face all the time instead of these positions shown in these videos

  6. I dont understand people who rush queen or bishop in first moves i just defend it and they have to go back and waste moves bruh

  7. Out of spite I would play the Halloween Gambit 🙂

  8. 5:22 – small remark: the Qeen not trapped /after f3 – by the black/, but game lost: Bxf3, another move: Rxf3, e4xf3 and so on. Till now from all videos which I have seen, your videos for the learning of chess are the best.

  9. Wow… It's good to know this kind of traps. It totally works!

  10. Italia, Prancis, Jerman, dll banyak negara Eropa yang mengalami kekeringan, sungai-sungai banyak yg mengering, tinggal dikit airnya

  11. Went above 900, fell to 600, went to 800 🙁

  12. i like it. thank you. at the minute 2:29 after black queen to d5, why is not good move white queen to e2?

  13. One of the most concise and useful chess tips. Thanks

  14. I literally just watched a video on the fried liver technique and how good it is. Then this video pops up explaining how wrong and bad it is lmao.

  15. Can anyone plz tell me, 1500 elo in 10+5 format (lichess) is good ?

  16. The way you explain it. It looks like a peice of cake but when i actually play with someone they always move something unexpected and i end up losing. I know i am dumb and stupid but still i wanna win every game mannn

  17. I recently found this channel. Really like your videos. Thanks.

  18. I played this at a chess tournament and my opponent played bishop takes f7 id that any good?

  19. Igor your instruction is world class!!!!!! I will watch these clips till I die!

  20. Watched the video. Hmm, nice, let me try it! Fire up a blitz game. I'm playing black. 1. e4 d4, 2. Nf3 Nc6. 3. Nc3 Nf6. That looks promising! They go 4. Bb5, damn. I try to kick it away 4. … a6, and it slides right back with 5. Bc4. Noice! Knight sac with a blue "!!" flag! Take! Fork! A couple of blunders later, I end up in a much better position with their king exposed in the middle of the board. That was fun, thanks a lot! I'm a total beginner, rated about 450 in blitz, and it always amazes me how chess can be fun even if you know so little.

  21. Very good to mention white should keep the bishop in almost any variation after the temporary sacrifice Kxe4 and pawn d5 and then just play Bd3 which gives an equal play, demonstrated over a century ago when this was also popular already.

  22. It is only an opening error when your opponent is good enough to exploit it 😉

  23. Bishop on c4 is an error if, and ONLY IF, black has already developed the second knight in f6, and believe me or not (I play around 800 ELO opponents in Blitz only), very few do. If they don't, then you move Kg5 to attack the f7 pawn and many opponent just panic at this point… Your Queen can move to e2 or even to h6, it remains a good and agressive opening… at this level – if your opponent is more ranked than 800 you'll probably be destroyed !!!

  24. Sir yesterday I watched this video and used this idea today, taking the opponent completely off guard to score a magnificent victory. Thanks for the video

  25. Stockfish says negative 0.1 after 4. Bc4 — hardly a blunder. Optimal play: 4. Bc4 Nxe4 5. Nxe4 d5 6. Bd3 dxe4 7. Bxe4 — and the game is flat even (Stockfish says 0.0). Bd6 or Be6 are contender follow ups for Black with Stockfish preferring Bd6.

  26. Yeah, it took me several times to stop developing the bishop in that way.

  27. Chess is a pointless boring game and machines can beat the best of human players.

  28. Hi GM Igor I really want to ask because I have seen a few example in your videos that using bishop to pin knight and queen or knight and king, and you always say this could be annoying to the opponent but I always wonder why is that because we all know that bishop can be easily chased away right away by a3 or h3 pawn and then b4 or g4 pawn. But your videos usually stopped at saying pining is annoying to opponent but never mention the opponent could easily drive it away. Can you counter this part? How to counter when opponent drive your bishop away right after you set the pin

  29. why is pawn h3 nor preferred to drive away pieces?

  30. ► Chapters

    00:00 Most common chess opening mistake EVER!

    00:29 This mistake happened in 2.4M+ games

    02:10 Winning position for Black

    03:23 If White plays 6.Bb5 instead of 6.Bxd5

    05:36 If White plays 5.Bxf7+ instead of 5.Nxe4

    08:39 White's best response

    09:44 Same tactical pattern for White

    10:10 Tricky move 3.Be2, setting the trap

  31. I get hit with the center fork trick all the time & ALWAYS forget about it. 😭

  32. It feel dont work to vienna opening when Nf6 and you play Bc4

  33. You’re the best! Learnt a lot from you. Keep spreading knowledge

  34. Thanks, GM Smirnov……you helped me today with this better approach.

  35. why can give check with Bg7 then reca
    pture knight

  36. Master, help me to set up new this method. Well where is your "background 😄🐅pet?..

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