The Most Underrated Chess Opening Part-2

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you one of the most underrated chess openings for White. It is less played, not very popular, but it is a solid chess opening with great attacking ideas. Therefore, you can catch your opponents off guard and get a quick win!

It is the Bird’s Opening which happens after the White’s first move 1.f4. Most of the players don’t know what to do as Black against this opening.

With the solid setup that GM Igor Smirnov explains, you can get a great middlegame position with powerful attacking ideas. They are so aggressive that you can get a winning position in just 11 moves!

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00:00 Most Underrated Chess Opening
00:36 Bird’s Opening 1.f4
02:51 White’s strong fianchettoed bishop
05:30 Winning position in 11 moves
07:47 Line-2 transposing to mainline
08:36 Line-3: Black plays Nc6 without c5
10:33 Important Queen maneuver
12:51 Can you find the mate in one?

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58 Comments

  1. Answer to your puzzle, white Queen takes black pawn, rest all squares are covered and therefore checkmate.

  2. What should our plan be when our opponent pushes his pawn to d4 blocking our b2 bishop?

  3. ok,
    I get you bro,
    the answer to this puzzle is simple but tricky one,

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    The last move by black was pawn,
    so in order to mate in 1 move you have to take it by pawn(pass pawn move) .
    now the black king is check by White Queen by checkmate.
    thank me later 😇

  4. Is that the cat's special place? It does not ever move. Are you sure it is not a stuffed cat?

  5. Thanks again Igor – you have been on fire lately!

  6. Thanks again Igor for another gem !!! Keep up the great work.

  7. Assuming that black’s previous move was …d4 (extremely unlikely at this stage of the game), then the solution to the puzzle is en passant. Good one.

  8. this is really an underrated opening. Its pretty much dutch defense in reverse and up a tempo

  9. unfortunately, i got in a lot of troubles trying this and lost the game after a hot battle, are you coaching Igor ? i need a trainer.

  10. Which moves should we beware of, to know that the opponent knows strong theory?

  11. Tried this opening twice against 1500 rated computer, and it easily exposed the weaknesses in the pawn structure with its’ knights and queen. Namely the pawns at e3 and c2.

  12. No one plays knight c6 I keep running into bishop g4

  13. Love this channel even though I can never remember anything once I play 🤣

  14. Igor, we hope you and your beautiful kitty are safe. Ukraine and the brave citizens are in our prayers.

  15. Thank you 🙏 I need this GM…
    Long well 🙏

  16. Great video! If you have the time, it would be great to make some videos about the Scotch, which I think is a very underrated opening as well

  17. Do you have an underrated chess opening for black??

  18. That would be great. Right now I'm playing french defence

  19. Mr Igor, this opening is really underated, I've been using it and the result is amazing

  20. I thought at 12:17, black can somewhat hold the position by not playing Qxg3, but instead Bd6 counter attacking the queen and avoiding the knight check taking the bishop. Then e5 by white, and Nh5 by black attacking the queen, however white can use the e5 pawn then taking bishop and queen. But then, stockfish said instead of Nh5, just do hxg6, and black only loses one minor piece, but it's +9 for white anyway.

  21. Only move to checkmate is en passant.

  22. chess is about ideas and you did not cover what to do if black plays a6 to prevent Bb5.

  23. i would think that most people would play Nf3, not Nc3

  24. Dear Igor. you mention about not playing this opening against eg Carlson. so how would he for example play against this opening so that it would not be a 'good' opening? Thanks so much. PS of course, i only watch for your cat. 🙂

  25. This puzzle of the day: a chess miracle.

  26. I first took this opening seriously after reading about the classic Lasker-Bauer game in 1899 with the double bishop sacrifice. In that one, though, Lasker did something weird – he developed his light square bishop on d3 in front of the d-pawn. It doesn't look like Lasker should have gotten away with the way he developed (I generally didn't when I tried replicating it).

    Nonetheless, I do like the opening and plan to look more closely at this variation you recommend. I have a general aversion to playing an early Bb5 because I like having the light square bishop around to aim at the enemy kingside, but this video makes me want to look further.

    What do you do if Black fianchettoes their dark square bishop though?

  27. And what if black plays g6 and early Bg7? White cannot play the same set-up, one option is 3.e4 c5, transposing into Grand Prix attack, but not sure if white is better.

  28. I can't afford your chess course* can you provide me for free one or two of your paid course?

  29. Nvm its pawn en peasants the d5 pawn

  30. What do you do after 1.f4 d5 2.Nf3 Bf5? does the mainline also apply?

  31. puzzle: e:d6 checkmate, assuming black's last move was pawn to d5. otherwise i see nothing

  32. Empassa with pawn discovered check from queen and check mate.

  33. For years I only play this opening when white

  34. Just thought I would give a quick thanks for showing 1. f4 d5 2. Nf3 Nc6. Every book I have seen on Bird's Opening (four of them) only covers 2… g6, which is what Masters play, but we club players see 2… Nc6 most of the time. I looked through about 8 videos on Bird's Opening until I finally found yours. Thank you for taking us into account!

  35. How about if black move the pawn to e5 instead just after f4 opening? If any moves goes wrong this can entirely destroy white's position early, right ? In any way black should try free the queen as well as bishop to attack on the dark squares on white king's side. In this way this opening is difficult to play

  36. I hope you can cover how on Bird, the higher level opponent usually starts with e5 against – so you get f4xed, d6, exd6, Bxd6, and I reply with Nf3…they'll usually push h pawn or Ne7 to attack the weakened side.

  37. Can you go over the immediate E4 response from black and the best follow up moves for white?

  38. sorry i can't focus cuz i love cats more than chess and can't handle the urge to pet that cat 😢❤

  39. Looking at the puzzle of the day, you said white to move checkmate in 1. I could not seem to figure it out and stock fish gives the position an equal strength to black and white. I propose that you may have had the puzzle set up incorrect.

  40. The cat in the background just isn't that interested in the Bird's Opening, but might be more interested in real actual birds.

  41. Only en-passant capture to d6 allows checkmate in 1. I don't see another possibility.

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