Best Chess Opening Against 1.e4 & 1.d4 [TRAPS Included]

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you a simple, effective, and universal chess opening for Black against 1.e4 and 1.d4. Yes, this opening system works for both of the most common first moves from White.

It happens in the Czech Defense from the Pirc Defense which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6. But this is not just Pirc Defense – this is an opening system, so you can play the same setup irrespective of what White plays.

This setup is so powerful that White is often clueless after the opening moves as their pieces are stuck and are really passive. On the other hand, Black has a solid position with great attacking plans!

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00:00 Best Chess Opening against 1.e4
00:25 Pirc Defense: Czech Defense
03:03 Solid setup for Black
04:31 No clear plan for White
08:18 Line-2: White plays 4.f4
10:10 Beware of this forcing line
12:47 White rook is trapped
15:01 Same setup against 1.d4
16:39 If White blocks the center

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117 Comments

  1. Wow, I recently subscribed, and watched this video…Were you studying my games? This has been my opening for black that I developed a while back..Great over view. One of the traps that I have in this is a variation where I get a scholar's mate from white blundering trying to protect a pawn.

  2. To my previous comment, I have seen most players defend the pawn exchange on d5 with Bf4, this is the mistake, it leaves b2 undefended Qb6 attacks the pawn, blocks castling AND threatens mate….I have got that mate more times than I should. I almost feel guilty

  3. To my previous comment, I have seen most players defend the pawn exchange on d5 with Bf4, this is the mistake, it leaves b2 undefended Qb6 attacks the pawn, blocks castling AND threatens mate….I have got that mate more times than I should. I almost feel guilty

  4. If white recognizes this soon enough. QF3 instead of the knight to defend the pawn starts to break the pattern. Hardly unrecoverable but subsequent moves may be suboptimal unless you switch to early queen tactics.

  5. Great opening for black, won most of the games

  6. dude, after watching your videos . I paly like chessmaster. I mean, your advices are really deadly. I sacrifice pawns even bischop or knight but neverthless, I win the game. Thanks man.

  7. I found that with my low rating pirc or KID works very well as it results in me having a pretty solid position. It's not practical to memorize a lot of responses to specific moves since 400 rated players often do pretty unpredictable moves with white pieces.

  8. What to play after 1.e4d6 2.d4Nf3 3.Nc3c6 4.e5

  9. Thanks for this video i won 2 games they just simply resign after their queen 💀 ☠️

  10. Love you system approach Igor. Less moves to memorize. Thanks.

  11. When the rook moved to f1, pawn to g5 traps it as well

  12. What if your opponent plays bd2 as soon as you play queen a5 ? It happens to me all the time

  13. At the beginning I was to say the least… dubious about this type of play. So I did what any hesitant player would do. I went and used it online a lot. I had some crazy games and gave me lots of chuckles. I also did found moves that ruin the plan completely but at that point… chess is played. Not bad at all. Thank you!

  14. GMSmirnov, more like Super Grandmaster Cat

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