SHOCK your opponents with 1…b6 | Chess Openings for Black | Owen’s Defense

This powerful and solid chess opening for Black will shock your opponents. It’s called the Owen’s Defense with the starting moves 1.e4 b6.

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will share with you a powerful chess opening for Black, called the Owen’s Defense, where Black responds with 1..b6. It is also known as the Queen’s Fianchetto Defence or Greek Defence. This hyper-modern chess opening is greatly underestimated and relatively unknown.

Therefore, you can play this opening to surprise your opponents right from the start of your game, dragging them into unknown territory and forcing them out of their opening repertoire so that they have to think for themselves! Being full of tricks and active possibilities for Black, it is one of the best chess openings to keep up your sleeve, especially when playing against amateur players or in blitz games.

From this video, you will learn the key idea of attacking the White’s e4-pawn in the center with your b7-bishop. GM Igor Smirnov also teaches how to play actively when White tries to protect the pawn with their queen, or pushes their pawn, or pins your knight with Bg5 instead.

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00:00 Playing 1…b6 as Black
00:20 1.e4 b6: Owen’s Defense
02:02 Line-1: 6.Qe2 to protect e4
03:00 If White plays 7.e5
04:01 White bishop trapped out of nowhere
07:22 If White plays 7.exd5
09:08 Line-2: If White plays 6.e5
12:30 Line-3: 6.Bg5 pinning the knight
15:31 Conclusion: Target White’s weak pawns

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61 Comments

  1. Want the continuation ,thank you so much didn't know much about certain lines in this opening 😇🙏

  2. Of course we want the continuation!! Thanks a lot!

  3. Can you make a part 2 covering more variations

  4. Indeed, its continuation is truly appreciated…! Thanks in advance…!! Keep up the good work…!!!

  5. Coach can you pls make a video lesson against saimich attack or 150 attack

  6. I really liked this opening. Can you play b6 also if white first move is d4?

  7. I play 3. Bd3 as White generally doing well. I've even had the Greco study from the 1640 in a rapid game. 3 Bd3, f5? 4 exf5, Bxg2 and you sac your Queen to checkmate with a lone Bishop on g6. Would like to see how black combats Bd3.

  8. sir what if after white plays nc3 and black plays pawn e6 and what if white plays
    A3 to stop our bishop from coming to b4

  9. Again great video GM 👍👍Good variations and easy to understand…
    I hope you will cover some gambits specially for blitz games…!
    Thank you 🙏

  10. шахматные уроки давид грин says:

    I want more thanks for making the leson

  11. Thanks for this video sir I enjoyed it. Now made a video on deutz gambit.

  12. 4:59 wouldn't trading off bishops be bad idea? Knight retakes then opponent take with queen?

  13. I followed your strategy and I had success.

    1. e4 b6 2. Nc3 Bb7 3. Qh5 Nf6 4. Qh4 e5 5. d3 Bb4 6. Bd2 O-O 7. Nb1 Bxd2+ 8.
    Nxd2 d5 9. Ndf3 dxe4 10. Nxe5 exd3 11. Bxd3 Nbd7 12. Qg3 Re8 13. f4 Nh5 14. Qh3
    g6 15. Nf3 Nxf4 16. Qg3 Nxd3+ 17. cxd3 Bxf3 18. Qxf3 Rxe5+ 19. Kd2 Rf5 20. Qe4
    Qg5+ 21. Kc3 Rc5+ 22. Kb3 Rd8 23. d4 Rb5+ 24. Kc4 c6 25. Rae1 Nf6 26. Qxc6 Qd5+
    27. Qxd5 Rdxd5 28. Re8+ Nxe8 0-1

  14. I use this opening all the time to avoid E4/E5 or D4 games

  15. I like this professor this opening I study these before oh my King merry xmas to all chess player of the glove uscf member 2004,2021

  16. Would love to see more lines in this opening. Thanks!

  17. You deserve way more credit then you are getting right now! I learned a lot from your video's. Because I learned so much I want to know a simple thing; because I have the feeling that everything falls apart if white chase my bishop away with first move A3. What do we do then? I can move bischop to E7, but that makes this in to a normal game of chess?

    What do I miss?

  18. Yo you help beat a 1750 fide rated guy in a rapid campionship (Not that you guys care)!! I really admire your videos . Thank you my friend !!!

  19. How about the opponent decides to go A3 as soon as you put the bishop in B4? which is a more common response for white to attack the bishop immediately, based on the ideas explained in the video what would be the best response for black after A3?

  20. yes I would like to see the continuation of the line with Bd6. I´m playing this defense with black since you loaded this video, and I´m having some success.

  21. Thank you for this video. I do have one question at the five minute mark of the video, you mentioned that in some variations you could move the black bishop A3 to exchange bishops. Since the black bishop is only protected by the knight, wouldn’t you lose a minor piece? If white bishop takes A3, knight takes white bishop, queen would take knight

  22. Pls include pgns so we could analyze it also.. Thanks

  23. หัวใจช้าง ElephantHeart says:

    Thank you! I've been playing b3 a lot since your last video. It came out literally the day after I decided to begin studying Nimzo-Larsen! and I was curious about this b6 idea too.

  24. I have won games with every possible first move, but either knight-pawn as a first move tends to be unsuccessful.

  25. Along the lines of the St George Which Miles used to get the better of Karpov. I could be wrong but thinking that the St George was an adaptation of Owen's defence.

  26. At 13:15 did you reverse forward and back? You say ‘the knight does not go forward it will go back’ but the lines you show has the knight moving forward

  27. Dear Igor. why do recommend this opening (and the equivalent B3) when elsewhere you discuss all the weaknesses this opening creates?

  28. Great video: Superb instruction. I just discovered these videos this week, thankfully. I will give 1…b6 a thorough study and learn from my losses and draws. In combination with the video on the Larsen's opening 1.b3 (actually, I seem to confront 1.Nf3 with my main reply being 1…d5 2.b3 and, though quite similar, the theory is slightly different but I am certainly not a master player), I am motivated to avoid giving up 1.b3 due to such poor past results. Thanks for the video and I hope to discover why this particular opening has proven more difficult for me than more complicated openings (and I do understand the ideas of the openings I use most often).
    I haven't looked at all the videos available here, yet. Hope to find one on the Reti opening. Keep up the good work.

  29. What do you do if when you move your Bishop to B4, and they move their pawn to A3? If you drop back to A4, then they can move the knights pawn to B3.

  30. But Nc3 is a move you don't want to make with white in this setup

  31. 1.b3-d5
    2.e3-c5
    3.Nf3-Bg4 or 3Nf3-Nf6 than g6
    Please reply

  32. We want 2nd part of this opening sir. Thanks a lot🤗🥰

  33. You got past 1,000 likes! Well done! Did you do a follow-up video, as promised?

  34. What if black plays A3 kicking the bishop back? Knight no longer pinned!!!

  35. i actually was in my chess academy, and played this exact opening and won! it is truly so powerful. now my favorite opening as black 🙂

  36. The proper way in this opening to defend the e4 pawn; Bd3. The C pawn must remain mobile in case white needs to play c3 or c4 in the future and developing a knight on c3 is going to get it pinned. White is also a move closer to castling Kingside with Bd3. I would give Nc3 a '?' here meaning it is a bad move.

  37. I know I’m late to the party but holy cow man this opening has got me out of a rut. same with b3 for white. So tricky to play against finally got me back to 1800 thanks you! Definitely my favorite opening

  38. Buddy create the second part of this video please

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