Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Ponziani Opening!

MY PONZIANI COURSE –

Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Ponziani Opening!

The Ponziani Opening begins with the moves:

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. c3

The most popular options for white are the Giuoco Piano, Italian Game, Ruy Lopez, Scotch Game, Scotch Gambit, Evans Gambit, Fried Liver Attack, Three Knights Opening, and Four Knights Opening. These chess openings are used at the Grandmaster level, but today we cover an opening that isn’t as common with the Ponziani Opening! The Ponziani Opening isn’t played often at the Grandmaster level because with perfect play, black can reach equality. Well, that’s what they say at least! In today’s video, I will not be covering the most common variations for white, but the variations that perform better! One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is going onto a chess database, looking up an opening like the Ponziani, and then only going over the main line. We need to go over the most popular variations by the opponent, but we ourselves should approach chess with more creativity! In most chess openings, there are opening moves that are ignored, but that doesn’t mean their worse! In fact, I believe when one plays the Ponziani to perfection against e5, white is guaranteed a slight advantage, and it’s very easy for black to make mistakes since most black players don’t prepare well for the Ponziani! In today’s video, we will cover the chess opening strategy, chess opening moves, chess opening principles, chess opening ideas, chess opening tricks, chess opening tips, and chess opening traps surrounding the Ponziani Opening. Chess strategy, principles, moves, ideas, tricks, traps, secret checkmate strategy are all important when studying chess openings.

The Ponziani Opening is also a good chess opening for beginner chess players and intermediate chess players. Why is this? First off, the Ponziani is a ton of fun! There are tons of tricks and traps that can help you improve at chess fast, beat higher rated players, and get more wins under your belt. The Ponziani is also good for showing how to play chess and how to improve at chess. The chess opening strategy, chess opening theory, chess opening lines, chess opening moves, chess opening ideas, chess opening principles, chess opening variations, chess opening tricks, chess opening traps, and chess opening chess opening strategy is second to none. The Ponziani opening is simply a top tier chess opening for white and can help you win more games. In this beginner’s chess lesson, we hope that you will not just learn to memorize lines and variations but really understand the game of chess. The fastest way to improve at chess is by not memorizing opening, but growing in the concept of the strategy, principles, and ideas surrounding a chess opening. Memorizing chess openings (especially chess opening traps) never hurts, but this needs to be done with understanding why we do what we do! We hope you enjoy learning to play the Ponziani Opening!

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173 Comments

  1. Haven't seen this played since magnus carlsen playe dit for a while,love off beat openings like alekhine,b6,nimzo indian,hippo,jobava london another under rated opening.

  2. Are Gambit (any) played nowadays on grandmaster level? If so, could you please make a video about it?

  3. Hye Coach, can we apply this Ponziani opening to Black?

  4. You sound like James Lindsey from New Discourses

  5. i plye3d this opening and every time i play MY OP PLAYS QUEEN

  6. duuude, your voice is so deep, I recommend using a speaker with full bass… and enjoy the video 😂

  7. I studied this video with stockfish and it seemingly thinks that instead of Bf4 at 6:30 it prefers the instant Rd1, as the Bf4 variation would win a rook, but only after Bb5 by white, which would give black time to play Nf6-Ng4 and create some counterplay. It still gives white some advantage of about +0.8-1.0, but the instant Rd1 move seems to give him a +3.8 advantage, and would win the d3 pawn next move anyways, which would put black at a huge disadvantage. What's your opinion on this? Apart from that, I got into your videos from the ponziani series and can see you're doing a brilliant job. Keep up the good work.

  8. Thanks man. Really instructive vid. Have watched a couple of times and will continue to return to. Cheers

  9. Used to occasionally see some of your videos, now I'm watching every one. Completely deserve the sub. Also I'd love to see something covering more trappy King's Indian Defense lines if those exist… either way, LOVE the channel

  10. This opening looks like a lot of fun! I think I'll give it a spin next time I play!

  11. Bro make Caro Kann Fantasy variation please.

  12. Saya dari Bandung Indonesia, terimakasih atas informasinya , permainan Queen Gambit Ku semakin meningkat.

  13. for english speakers – Giuco is pronounced 'Joco' not 'Geco'…

  14. F6 move for black is a Steinitz variation of d5 line

  15. Hey Solomon, another great video! Just wanted to point out that the bishop trap @6:50 earns you the queen with bxc7+, unless I missed something…? Going to my first tournament this weekend and am prepping a Ponziani bombshell LOL

  16. Man I just don"t understand how this https://youtu.be/VNxz6w0fmys?t=391 is good for white, black can be even by just playing King d8 after we took on c6, after this if we go for the rook, their queen eat our second bishop, could you explain me pls ?

  17. This video made me realise how much I've been playing Ponziani wrong! 😭😭😭
    I've been winning using all the wrong ways…

  18. cheers. and looking forward to you becoming an NM, pretty exciting! have a great year.

  19. Loved this video and how you made it easy to follow. Thx man🔥🇺🇸

  20. 16:25 What would be the attacking ideas for white in this position?

  21. 17:05 mark where you cover black’s fourth move, Nxe4: I advanced my d-pawn as you recommended; this put pressure on black’s knight on c6. But black surprised me with Bc5! This was a beautiful attack on my f2 pawn! I played Be3 and black played Bxe3, followed by my move, fxe3. Black then moved his threatened knight on c6. Not surprisingly, I lost the game. Turns out the best move for white after black’s move, Bc5, is dxc6. Black plays Bxf2+ and this gives black a very slight advantage. It is definitely a good response to the Ponziani.

  22. Could you make a video in roussesa gambit ?

  23. thx man with this video i can finally learn the basics

  24. Does this opening work with both sides or just white?

  25. After Nxe4 from black and white plays d5, what do you do if they play Bc5?

  26. What if they were to play en passant in the first variation? What do you do then?

  27. Tried the Ponziani. The counter-gambit f5 was played. All the moves thus explained fell to dust and the strong centre I was planning was just a pipedream. Any suggestions on how to deal effectively with the counter-gambit?

  28. Nice video. Gioco piano is pronounced like "joke-o" to increase your vast knowledge 👍

  29. There's no better Ponziani opening explanation on YouTube.

  30. At 17:25, can you cover the top engine move Bc5? Isn't white just getting crushed? I've seen it a few times and it didn't turn out well.

  31. As a complete beginner armed with this bongziani, I'm off to my local chess club tonight. I'll remember the first three moves at least.

  32. i’m 250 elo, i don’t know any openings, just how the pieces move. let’s see how that changes after i learn this
    edit 4 months later: i haven’t learnt it yet. but i’m 400 elo now, and haven’t played chess in uh 4 months.

  33. Bf4 looses two bishops if white Queen goes for the rook (with Kd8)

  34. Could you also make a video about queens gambit accepted, and queens gambit declined tarrasch defense?

  35. Plz make a video about Sicilian,I found it quite effective and also hard to handle

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