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. As someone who enjoys the Vienna Gambit as white, this sort of gambit, quick develop approach against E4 appeals to me. I'm gonna give it a shot.

  2. Bro no body can play with black as all of them are at master oogways farm

  3. What if the queen moves instead at the start of the game?

  4. Yeah not a chance does anyone play anything like this in my games

  5. The continuation of the quiz position is I think Knight d3 check. It cant be taken and it can then go to f2 and pick up a rook. Is that right?

  6. 2:36 Hence why I play the BongCloud, the opening of choice for the best chess players in the world.

  7. Why not white bishop to d4 allowing white to keep the queen?

  8. oh my god first game i tried it.. start was little different but endgame was exatly the same freakin shit

  9. Great at 870 I have only a 44 % win rate with black. Hopefully this will help!

  10. I had a 9 games win streak. Decided to try this strat and lost 2 times in a row. This strategy is trash man…..

  11. Move black bishop to D3 …queen takes bishop followed by knight capturing queen at D3, again check to the king. If the bishop moves to take knight then it's a check from rook to king. During all this both the white
    bishops are almost useless.

  12. What if the white pawn passes after the e4 opening and I lost bc my pieces were pinned down

  13. Just used your opening and lost 7 material advantage thanks i really hate you i totally didnt blunder except these stupid pawns sacrifice

  14. Thank you so much sir ❤️❤️ Love from India ❣️

  15. Actually I don't get this opening. Why white would play 3.d4 facing a treat to the pown from the black knight and a queen instead of playing something like pawn to c4 / bishop to c4 or knight to c3?

  16. I'm sorry, but hit how is 3. d4 the main line?
    Doesn't make sense..

  17. I saw your videos..they are very easy to understand. Thank you very much Sir.

  18. I played this line after watching this video and I won the game 😂

  19. Solution to the puzzle at @7:10

    Black moves the knight to d3 delivering a check: Nd3+

    Now, bishop can't capture the knight as it is pinned and Qxd3 loses the queen to Bxd3.

    So the king has to move.

    If it goes to d2, then Bb4+ Kc2 Nf2, attacking the queen with the knight and delivering a discovered check with the bishop on f5, winning the queen!

    Else, if the king moves to f1, then Nf2 forks the queen and the rook!

  20. Why would white play d4 instead of knight c3?

  21. Thanks a lot for a new method to whites d4? 😀👍♟

  22. i would go Nd3 check but not sure of the flollow up

  23. Thanks for making this video Igor. I used this opening ever since I learned it from your Opening Lab course.

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