1.b3 Chess Opening for White (More POWERFUL Than You Think!)

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🔹 1.b3 Part-1 –
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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will share with you an universal chess opening for White, 1.b3 – it is called as the Larsen’s Opening, or the Nimzo–Larsen Attack, or the Queen’s Fianchetto Opening.

The flank opening move 1.b3 prepares to fianchetto the queen’s bishop where it will help control the central squares in hypermodern fashion and put useful pressure on Black’s kingside. The b2-bishop is often a source of recurring irritation for Black, who should not treat it lightly.

You will learn the common ideas for White if Black plays 1…e5 or 1…d5, which are the most common replies. GM Igor Smirnov tests your knowledge at the end with the famous game where the Indian grandmaster Adhiban Baskaran beat David Navara in just 9 moves in this opening.

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00:00 1.b3 chess opening (Larsen’s Opening)
00:46 Line-1: Black plays 1…e5
02:03 New idea: Undermine Black’s center
04:32 If Black castles queenside
05:02 If Black castles kingside
05:58 Black playing similar setup 1.e4 b6
07:07 Terrible blunder by Black
11:16 Line-2: Black plays 1…d5
13:16 White’s attacking plan
14:38 If Black is well prepared
16:03 If Black plays b6
16:55 Quiz: Adhiban won in 9 moves

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138 Comments

  1. How is it that when black castles, white castle with no lost move?

  2. I come here because Magnus Carlsen beat reigning World Rapid Champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov with this opening.

  3. Thank you so much for great opening line I always play f4 but this is even better practically

  4. This is wrong. 10.Hxd7 Vd7.12….0-0-0.but what move white?

  5. What if the opponent tries to boot out your bishop using the black pawn on the A file?

  6. i try for black and my opponent blunderred knight and intanli resign

  7. At 14:20 what stops whites rook from backing up the queen and delivering a checkmate? I don't understand what blacks rook does.

  8. what happens if black plays a6 to take away the b5 square

  9. I like this but I've struggled with it, lost 100 points of ELO right away in ten minute games. Must be missing something important!

  10. Hey thanks for this video! I want to learn b3 in more depth, where can I find books or courses that have the updated lines? And answers to other moves?

  11. 2:30 Line-1: Main line Qe7 [c4]

    7:07 Line-1: Main line e5 to e4 [Bg7]

    8:49 Line-1: Main line f6 [d4] – Stockfish reccomends c4 or castling

    11:18 Line-2: d5-c5-Nc6-Bd7

    15:10 Line-3: d5-e6-Nf6-B7 [c4] – Stockfish recommends Be2

    17:10 Strange line with intersting attacking pattern

  12. man you are the best i win 8 games of 10 with this openning

  13. ► Chapters

    00:00 1.b3 chess opening (Larsen's Opening)

    00:46 Line-1: Black plays 1…e5

    02:03 New idea: Undermine Black's center

    04:32 If Black castles queenside

    05:02 If Black castles kingside

    05:58 Black playing similar setup 1.e4 b6

    07:07 Terrible blunder by Black

    11:16 Line-2: Black plays 1…d5

    13:16 White's attacking plan

    14:38 If Black is well prepared

    16:03 If Black plays b6

    16:55 Quiz: Adhiban won in 9 moves

  14. 'How to not fight for an advantage with white in the first move'

  15. Qg4 – lots of different ways to checkmate, and black can't defend them all! Thank you for this video, I like playing this opening but my results haven't been great. This gives me some fresh ideas for future games.

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