18.5 Million Players Made This Chess Opening Mistake!

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The Scotch Game is a popular opening choice for White, especially among amateur players. It occurs after the opening moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4.

It’s known for its aggressive nature, aimed at challenging Black in the center while opening lines for both bishops and actively involving the queen. If you’re not cautious, you can quickly find yourself in a difficult position.

After 3…exd4 4.Nxd4, one common but flawed response from Black is to capture the knight with 4…Nxd4. By continuing this trade in the center 5.Qxd4, it leads to White occupying the center and enjoying more space and activity. Sadly, more than 18 million chess players have made this opening mistake.

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you a better approach to counter the Scotch Game as Black.

► Chapters

00:00 Scotch Game Chess Opening for Black
00:24 Do NOT make this mistake
01:02 1) If White plays 5.Nxc6
04:07 Igor Nation TRICK!
05:39 Do NOT miss this!
06:35 If White plays Qf3 instead of Qe2
08:40 2) If White plays 5.Nb3
11:19 3) If White plays 5.Be3

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  1. Wow! Belated birthday greetings, Igor! Thank you very much for your chess videos 😊

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY IGOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Happy birthday, Igor your video really helped me a lot in my games🤗

  4. Igor, I've been part of the Igor Nation for quite long time because I love your videos, you always have my answers!!! I've been crushed with this gambit a million times, I guess now it's time to crush my opponents

  5. Hello Master! In the first line…how do you suggest to follow if White defends the mate with Qd2 after Qf6 in between? There would be pressure on d-file against long castling, once we play dxc6. Can you explain this line? And congrats for all the excellent videos and for the channel!

  6. Hm, I was expecting Steintiz. But this one seems nice too.

  7. I learned so much wow. I never make that mistake but I've seen it before, now I know what to do just in case.

  8. Happy birthday, sorry I didn't know! Your videos are interesting, well-made, and take us into new territory. And complete with the occasional quip thrown in, as well. 🙂 Just to say they are all much appreciated. It is the making of them that keeps you so young looking, I reckon. 🙂

  9. Freid Leming, Worlds Rootin'est Tootin'est Milkman says:

    My mistake was not resigning on the first move.

  10. Am stuck at 1800 to 1900,what could I be doing wrong

  11. "It's time for white to switch to checkers" 🥶

  12. I love this fact.❤
    Beginners in…
    YouTube: learn queen's Gambit. 👑
    Game: play queen's blowjob ❤😂.

  13. Time for White to switch to Checkers. Bwahahaha! Best punchline yet! Happy Birthday! Many happy returns…

  14. Happy Birthday my FAVORITE Igor !! you are Super !♟🥂♟

  15. Awesome video. Beel looking for this tutorial.

  16. The "mistake" is called Ghulam Kassim variation. Believe it or not, you can win games with it. 😉

  17. Can you do a video on the dutch defense? Preferably the leonagrad dutch. Thank you!!

  18. thanks again daer coach! But how we have to react if 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4…?

  19. Great show….very informative and inciteful.

  20. I much prefer playing 3… d6 against the Scotch, as it prevents the Scotch and Goring Gambits. If they play the best move, 4. d5, then black should respond with 4… Ne7. From here, the plan for black should be f5, Nf6, g6, Bg6, O-O, and then create a kingside attack like in the Leningrad Dutch Defense.

    If white plays 4. dxe5, then black should play 4… Bg4. Then we reach a fork in the road. If white plays 5. exd6, then we transpose to an Englund Gambit with 5… Bxd6. If white develops, though, with a move like 5. Nc3, then black can trade queens with 5… dxe5 6. Qxd8+ Rxd8 or keep queens on the board with 5… Bxf3 6. Qxf3 dxe5.

  21. Happy belated birthday Igor! Hope you had a great birthday and thank you for your great videos! Huge fan! 🇬🇧

  22. Hi sir Igor, Wishing you many more candles to blow and chess openings to share! I enjoy watching your channel.

  23. can you comment on how to handle the Goring Gambit

  24. Can you do something on I think it's called Urusanov gambit is E4 e5 Ng3 nf6 Bc4

  25. After I saw your videos, I wish I had seen these several years back. Best of teachings.

  26. Happy birthday GM 🎉🎁 you teach me lot Thank you so much 😍

  27. It looks very simple in your vedios , but it will become really tough in execution. Thanks for your teachings

  28. you like bishop opening so much ☺☺

  29. At 4:49 After Qxc3 you could have shown what happens after Bd4? Black has mate!

  30. Happy birthday, Igor! I really enjoy your unassuming style of teaching. You explain everything clearly.

  31. Dear Mr. Igor, First Happy Birthday! Second, I've attempted to buy 1 of your courses at 50% off, but the price remains the same in the Cart. Is this working yet ?

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