The BEST Chess Opening for Black Against 1.e4

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the best chess opening for Black against 1.e4. It is from the Portuguese variation of the Scandinavian Defense, which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4.

The variation that he shows is very aggressive and it’s even played by the world champion Magnus Carlsen in online chess.

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  1. The most common white move is knight c3 instead of queen pawn push and it’s not covered.. yeah if white pushes queen pawn you get initiative but they will play c3 and protect the pawn. Even at 600 or 1200

  2. İ love ur videos but this one … its not realistic … lookl like playing against a little boy

  3. Ive tried everything agianst e4,and this is the best.Hate the caro,fench,sharp sicilians and so on.This and the alekhine are great….

  4. Do good players only move pawns in the opening like that??

  5. At 3:31 why would he exchange queens, when he can use his bishop instead?

  6. Nd3! If a) …Kd2, Nxd2 ( forking King-Queen) If b) …Kf1, Nf2 forking Rook-Queen. All this due to the Pin on the e file

  7. Let the bishop take or threat with pawn
    If knight is taken then queen on fiancheto diagonal hitting white 🥲

  8. They rarely play the pawn to d4 on third move, so makes this plan a futile exercise to learn.

  9. I tried this, e4,d5 eXd5,Nf6 then white played Bb5+, I got confused

  10. If following a map isn't cheating than honing my opening skills with this video isn't cheating hehe. Loving this.

  11. Any time i play this white just plays Nc3 and its a boring game

  12. He explains it well…in execution i was executed🤦

  13. I've never seen anyone stack the pawns on the 2nd move, not once

  14. Enemies at my rating (yes it is low, 1200) never, just never plays pawn to d4 at his third move, instead they develop a knight etc.

  15. what do you do, if white doesnt take your bait in mid at the beginning and instead of getting your pawn on d5 just continues to develop and plays g1 to f3?

  16. on 4:17 minute mark he said whites king is check mated but not yet i saw some sacrifices you can make the king escape
    with whites queen jumping to e4 then it would block the rooks attack then if the rook attacks the whites queen then the the pawn protecting the queen can eat the rook which will give the white a chance to save the game tho it requires risky sacrifces but what if this time its the horse that attacks the queen then the whites horse can jump and kill blacks horse then the blacks queen cant attack the horse because of the pawn guarding it and giving the whites king to flee to safety and potentially turn the tables over and thats all for my review in your checkmate thing in 4:!7 mark of your video

  17. This guy is crazy(in a good way), thank you i will be using this

  18. According to the database 7. exf7 is hardly the common move. Common is Be3. I'm adraid Igor Smirnov was lead by wishful thinking.

  19. I love your chanal. I think the you should post more vidio like that because all your videos on the white position. Ones again you are king and i love your chanal

  20. Nd3+, regardless of where the king moves, the next move Nf2 (defended by the bishop on c5) would fork the rook and queen. Leaving black with a winning position.

  21. Wut were to happen if white played C3 defending the pawn?

  22. What is the technical name for this opening? Really amazing. Wish I would have know this procedure a long time ago. It's so deceptive.

  23. I played countless games and no one played pawn to D4, they play knight to c3

  24. I have never seen people play d4 after develop blacks knight

  25. In real world nobody play d4 after e4 , makes no sense

  26. what if my opponent plays pawn to e3?

  27. Did s.o. already opt for Nd3+ Kf1 Nf2, winning the rook?

  28. 0:15 ..very low % of ppl will play that second white pawn there ..and weak players like me will freeze afterwards.. so everything from there as im seeing it is irrelivant in the video as it goes

  29. Kf3 is the most common move to protect the queen. What about that move?

  30. This is stupid, straight from the start they can check your queen

  31. This has many flaws
    1) Starting of at 0:16 why would they play pawn d4 in 3rd move instead they will play knight c3 developing knight & protecting d5 pawn
    2) at 3:01 they can play knight e2 protecting d4 pawn & further bishop d2 prevent check from bishop b4
    I need answers. . . What to do if they do this moves

  32. It's nice to see a picture of your family. I noticed you haven't shared a picture of your family. Do you have dog? I have noticed the cat!

  33. I have played countless games with this opening and literally nobody plays as the moves you're showing as white.

  34. 4:40 And if white does knight e4 ?
    I think there is no issue after this

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