The Unbeatable Bishop’s Opening (simple and powerful)

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🔹 4 Quick Checkmates In The Bishop’s Opening –

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you an interesting chess opening, the Bishop’s Opening, which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4. It is not a very popular opening line (compared to 2.Nf3 or 2.Nc3), nevertheless, it’s perfectly sound as you’re developing a piece and taking aim at the Black’s f7-pawn.

Additionally, by playing the Bishop’s Opening, you are dragging your opponent out of his/her opening preparation. Therefore, you can use this opening weapon to surprise your opponents. Most importantly, there are a lot of interesting aggressive and attacking lines that you can follow up with!

► Chapters

00:00 Bishop’s Opening 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4
01:05 Line-1: Black’s symmetrical 2…Bc5
03:04 Do NOT rush the exchange Nxd4
04:57 Play aggressively as White
07:36 Best way to improve at chess
08:34 Line-2: Black plays 2…Nc6
10:51 Be careful of 5.f4 if 4…Bc5
13:55 Line-3: Black plays 2…Nf6
14:11 Urusov Gambit 3.d4
16:06 Mainline: Black plays 3…exd4
17:58 Final line: If Black plays Nf6 correctly
19:39 Cool tactical combination
20:55 Conclusion: Solid & aggressive opening

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  1. Would have played 2…Nf6 as Black. If I had played Bc5 I would have played 3…Bxd4. 6…Nf6, 7… still Nf6,8…Kg7. 5 of first 8 moves aren't fab. I don't think it's anything I will ever come across unfortunately

  2. That s not working haha !!or maybe again a novice…

  3. Bro u have to teach us black side defence by white peace’s italiyan style

  4. Thanks man, these tactics work so well and are easy to learn.

  5. After the whites bishop opening why are you not talking about black developing the queen and moving it near to the epsilon pawn in front of the king?

  6. At 6:13 I thought b5 would solve all of white's problems!! WRONG!! After b5 white plays Bd3. Subsequently black doesn't dare to play Q×d5. See for yourself.

  7. I have followed other instructors but I find yours the best. Thank you.

  8. So my brother likes to open pawn e5 pawn d5 queen h4 or some similar variant and then developing his knights. I like this opening and follow through, it’s definitely going to catch him off guard. Can you play through some scenarios, I’d love to see how you tackle this.

  9. Hello GM Igor Smirnov – Thank you for the videos. Your teaching style is at the right pace and rhythm .Thanks for slowing down for others.

  10. At 4:10 in video knight E5 and knight F6, when you attack with pawn at F4, knight E5 can take bishop from C4 and get to safety

  11. What if they use the pawn to put pressure on the bishop

  12. Great advice! Won the very first game with this beautifully aggressive Bishop's opening.

  13. please add endgame stratwgy on your tutorial.

  14. What if Black moves Knight to H6 after White's Bishop to C4?

  15. What if black doesn’t 2…e5??

    1:05 sym 3.d4
    👉🏿 2:51 …pxc4
    👉🏿 2:57 …bxc4, 4.nf3, nc6 5.O-O, nf6 6.nxb!
    👉🏿 4:55 …bxc4, … 6…nxc4! 7.f4!
    👉🏿 8:34 …nc6!

    👉🏿 5.f4 if 4…bc5

  16. I prefer not to memorize “lines” of play because there are infinite variations as to how an opponent may choose to move in response to your moves. Since you can only move one move at a time, there is no use in burning up your brain cells memorizing ALL of their possible counter-moves, nor even trying to think several moves ahead unless you are close to checkmating your opponent and you can see your moves manipulating your opponent into moves in which they have no other choice. This is usually in mid to end game, not beginning game scenarios. JMO as a 1500-ish player! P.S., I know what you’re thinking…

  17. I take heed from all then apply my own personal experience information 2 it

  18. Great video. Knights before bishops my ass. Subscribed.

  19. What about QE7 by black in the third variation and checking your king before you castle. To me that's a huge flaw with this opening line with the kings knight.

  20. Haha watched only half the video and I'm on a little winning streak as a result. Probably watch the rest now🤣

  21. I decided to put one of your openings to the test against Battle Chess on the NES. White (red in BC actually) pawn to E4, black (blue) pawn to E5, white bishop to C4, black knight to F6, white pawn to D4, black pawn captures on D4, white knight to F3, black bishop to B4 check. Now I'm on the back foot. Why on earth would the black knight capture the pawn on E4 when there's an incredibly obvious check available?

    I'm no chess genius, but even I could immediately see the flaw in that opening. If it seems like I'm being harsh, there are two reasons: 1) I don't like clickbait video titles. 2) I think you're doing a disservice to your viewers by not covering what to do in the event of playing an opponent that is not a chimpanzee.

  22. Nf6 is not the best continuation or main continuation.
    The only thing black needs to do in this situation is d5. With d5 it unlocks the bishop, blocks their bishop attack and prevents the knight attack on g5. It's the classic defense against this attack. It's not tricky, and if you're willing to lose a pawn to get tempo and possible attacks against his open pieces.
    Who are you? in Every single scenario, you never seem to move your d5 pawn for black, or you move it to areas in which it doesn't help unlock your pieces.
    These are all junk as they are based on the worst continuations for black.
    Never do mirror play. In the end it's always a loss to whoever gains initiative first.

    Not much of a teacher this one.

  23. What will be your proceedings if black plays Queen to g5 in the 2nd move?

  24. Any reason why top players almost never seem to use this opening? Not without playing 2. Nf3 first.

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