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🔹 The Unbeatable Bishop’s Opening (simple and powerful) –
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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you a powerful counter-technique that can shut down both early queen attacks and the Bishop’s Opening with a single refutation.
These two opening tricks are commonly encountered, even at higher rating levels, making it crucial for you to have a solid defense. With this refutation, you’ll be well-prepared to face these aggressive tricks and secure a winning position.
The Bishop’s Opening occurs after the opening moves 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4. In modern days, most chess players hide their intent of early queen attack or Scholar’s Mate by first playing Bc4 and only then bring out their queen (either to h5 or to f3 on the next move), and this gives them more flexibility.
GM Smirnov suggests that you play 2…c6, which is the most straightforward way to refute their move 2.Bc4, aiming to play 3…d5, push the White’s bishop away, grab the center, and get a positional advantage.
At this point, White has 3 options:
3.Qh5 – going for the early queen attack or Scholar’s Mate
3.Qf3 – similar idea of attacking the f7-pawn
3.Nf3 – continuing the Bishop’s opening and attacking the e5-pawn
And you will learn how to counter each one of them!
By mastering these strategies to counter both early queen attacks and the Bishop’s Opening, you equip yourself with effective defenses against aggressive opening attempts.
Whether it’s deflecting the early queen attack or capitalizing on the weaknesses in the Bishop’s Opening, you’ll be well-prepared to secure a winning position and outmaneuver your opponents.
00:00 Punish Early Queen Attacks + Bishop’s Opening
00:33 Counter the Bishop’s Opening 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4
01:00 1) If White plays 3.Qh5 (piece trap)
02:40 2) If White plays 3.Qf3
04:37 Destroying White’s king in the center
05:32 3) If White simply plays the Bishop’s Opening
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