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. You are blocking the pieces of the black. How can we see properly that you are covering of letters as per your explanation.

  2. Really good. The Father’s Day wishes were a very nice touch. Thanks again!

  3. Very nice video Igor and thanks for sharing this Gambit line with us. I think one must study all possibilities here because if black makes a slight error then white pieces have the upperhand. Keep up your great vids and work. Cheers!

  4. Tnx for sharing us your chess knowledge .there are many variation you can do for this opening to win fast

  5. Great lessons, it's really Master-Class !!

  6. excellent video as always, I really appreciate your content and your approach makes really good sense. question about the 3d4,,,, wouldn't white play 3c4 naturally protecting the threatened d5 pawn?

  7. Bro…tks so much for sharing ur knowledge of chess with us…very much appreciated!!!

  8. Good teaching,: but your explanation when comes in writing it blocks our vision on the board

  9. If black moves king there isn't any checkmate bishop to d5 is an option

  10. What if they don’t take the original d5 pawn? Should you take his pawn?

  11. This gambit by black relies on a BAD MOVE by white to gain a positional initiative.
    White should decline the second pawn gambit by playing 6.Nc3 (defending their pawn on d5) instead of dxe6. White is then up a pawn, which they should probably give back, and a clear space advantage which is easy to hold.

  12. I am trying to use it, run into Bb5 check. It them seems I am on my heels the rest of the game.

  13. thanks, ran into different aspects. I have now learned to adjust to reactions. Hard when you are learning and then a different scenario comes about. But all good, thank you for your kindness. May Jesus bless your entire family. Amen

  14. He deleted my comment that pointed out the many flaws of this opening. You leave bishops hanging, open spaces for your king to get checked. And how D4 is an inredibly awful and rare move for white to play. Which is what allows this gamit to work. If white places sensible moves it will poke many many holes in this opening for black. On chess. com it says in Master games black only wins 25% of the time with this set up.

  15. Can you do a video on how to beat this game as white?

  16. Why have I never seen this before? I am going to try it.

  17. The best continuation in the position at 7:10 is
    11..Bxg1 12.Rxg1 Bd3
    After that, White not only loses his bishop in e2, but Black STILL remains in attack AND with development advantage.
    Regards from Sardinia!

  18. In the chess puzzle, I saw Nd3+. The point is that after Kf1 I could consider Ng4 allowing Ne3# if he takes the queen. I don't think it works if fxg4 instead.

  19. I found that studying with an engine plain to see four as white is the only move that allows black advantage FY ignores it it's even

  20. 8. d5/Be3 are both terrible though. What about Ne2?

  21. Update: Here's a video where GM Igor Smirnov explains how to play aggressively as Black when White plays 3.c4 to protect the d5-pawn (1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4) –

  22. Great video 🙂 i was struggling with a black opening, sicilian is abit too hard for me

  23. Thanks for that. The second most common response to Bg4 on the Chess 365 data base is Nf3. Can you suggest any good lines for that response?

  24. I'm pretty sure this opening is called the Portuguese gambit

  25. Love this opening! Will definitely try! Very thorough explanation as well!

  26. I've ran into BxC4 which negates this defense and can cause issues.. What's the best way to deal with that?

  27. Explains alot. Thanks buddy. 1 question. What if 4:Bb5+

  28. It's been now 22 years since my father thought me chess. This year was the first time I've ever beaten him. I danced the victory dance haha
    Also i have introduced chess to my son and daughter, they love it hehe

  29. why would white move his pawn to d4 on move 2? just asking

  30. loved this opening!!! idk what it’s called (comments say “Portuguese opening”) but i won against my grandpa yesterday 😁 and he’s the one who taught me chess. he was so proud! 😊

  31. At 3:02 what about if white plays Nge6? When i calculate it – i am only a 1000 elo btw – It always comes down to a large exchange and it will be equal

  32. White won't take the pawn but will bring pon to e 4

  33. I line watching these, and I'm not a totally horrible chess player (1700-1750 on Lichess, and improving), but I can't remember any if these precalculated openings. Except for the initial pawn push play each game totally different… because there's no way I can remember this stuff. Although I know I've probably played against players who have this stuff saved or written down. They take 2 minutes to make the 4th move or something ridiculous like that. Does everyone remember this stuff? I have aphantasia, so maybe that's why I can't remember it?

  34. After continuation of 11.Kxe3 Bc2 12. Qxc2 Qxd4+ 13. Ke2 Bxc3 14.bxc3 (Qxc3 Re8+) Re8+.

  35. what happens when white pushes , instead of taking?

  36. It’s funny cause i play the Portuguese gambit and was looking for another opening against e4

  37. What if kings pawn from white just goes to e5 instead of taking blacks pawn?

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