Winning with the Best Beginner Chess Opening

In this video, I play a chess game in the Ponziani Opening and achieve one of the most venomous traps.
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  1. I was "studying" the ponziani on lichess but I couldn't get a game where I could play it. Just finally got a game with it and they played into a trap. AWESOME 😎👍

  2. My chess openings repertoire is really lacking since I'm just a casual player. As white, mainly Italian opening, Evan's gambit, Vienna and Italian game. As black, basically just the Caro-Kann only, all three major variations (advance, exchange, kaprov) and a little bit of slav. I need to just take an entire weekend and study more openings.

  3. 5:35 Eric missed a fork of rook and king if he would have played pawn to c4

  4. 3:17 black knew about the most basic rule of chess: If you take Eric's queen, you lose. Top tier acting!

  5. "Bishop was slightly poisonous, cus rook e1"
    Eric Rosen

  6. He almost got what is known as a pure checkmate! It's when only one piece is checking the king and every square around the king is inaccessible for one and one reason only. Sadly, the d4 square was controlled both by the c3 pawn and the d1 rook.

  7. I never understood why the horse, move there. Black pawn d5 is a big fyou on these opening

  8. Recently I was unable to watch Eric’s streams due to a combination of school, life, and timezones. I miss the instructive chess so much! Also, what happened to Eric’s lichess rating? 😅

  9. eric at move 26: i'm completing development

  10. I've been playing the Ponziani exclusively since you posted the first video explaining the 3- knights-column-trap. Many thanks, Eric! But here's the thing: if black plays smartly you get an equal position with the Ponziani at best. If the knights are in the column though, expect good things to happen 🙂

  11. Everyone over 800 takes my queen if I play something stupid. Is it because I play 15-minute games

  12. If he would have taken your queen at 3:25, you could have moved your rook to e8 and won

  13. Qc4 was a beautiful sacrifice if he accepted

    In 16th move if he took your Queen
    then by Re8 you could check mate him

  14. Ponziani ? Can I use it regularly without thinking or when Knight coming out ?

  15. You scared me with that queen move at first haha

  16. The last video is the only reason I used Ponziani for the last 2 years.

  17. Damn that 1500 was pretty good at spotting some of the traps. Saw your ONMQ which I wasn't expecting.

  18. "Being up material is only good if you pieces can exert dominance."
    And what is good when your pieces can't exert dominance?

  19. now if black go for Bxc4 in move no. 16 and white moves Re8 is it a checkmate ?

  20. Eric, oh god XD what a hilarious person you are!!! I always wait for your videos, and i watch them more for your sense of humour haha!! Thanks for such great videos, always giving me a good laugh 😀

  21. I love drinking tea and playing Chess because of your channel.

  22. NMRIH is a great Source mod - blessed by Cory's lip says:

    Great, I wonder if this tactic works against ChatGPT

  23. its always such a clash between your content and levy's, yours is calm and relaxing, levi is over there idk, going insane or something

  24. Please like my comment Eric, first of 10 to comment

  25. Someone call an ambulance🤣🤣very funny

  26. The Painziani opening trap explained by sensei Eric . Nice cameo by dear friend Levy . 😁

  27. Always thrilled with myself when I actually see the threat behind your queen "hangs." Saw it today. Felt good man.

  28. I hope some day I'll play Eric and get calmly crushed by him like this

  29. So 3300 two years ago and I’m one of almost 64000 since who played it.

  30. I laughed so much at the oh no, my queen moment

  31. Just looking at Eric’s face after each trap he has set up is so precious.
    This game was a minefield. GG

  32. Hey Eric, how are you enjoying your job as YouTuber /photographer etc

  33. For the last year you have made me fall in love in chess. Am 18 and in a university so i needed something to use my time on other than school which didn't waste my time.
    THANKS ERIC. Good luck on the GM title.

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