Most Common Chess Opening MISTAKE | Key Tactical Pattern

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will share with you the most common chess opening mistake ever. This opening error has been played in more than 2.4 millions of chess games!

You will learn how to avoid making this opening mistake yourself and how to punish your opponents when they make this most common opening mistake.

It happens in one of the most common chess opening positions after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4. It also happens in other openings – therefore, you simply have to remember this key, common tactical pattern to punish this blunder!

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00:00 Most common chess opening mistake EVER!
00:29 This mistake happened in 2.4M+ games
02:10 Winning position for Black
03:23 If White plays 6.Bb5 instead of 6.Bxd5
05:36 If White plays 5.Bxf7+ instead of 5.Nxe4
08:39 White’s best response
09:44 Same tactical pattern for White
10:10 Tricky move 3.Be2, setting the trap

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175 Comments

  1. In spite of it being wrong, I win MANY games by sacking the bishop with B×fP+
    It may be incorrect, but many players panic if they can't castle. Proof of this attachment to castling is in how some players try almost anything to stop you castling!

    G.M. Smirnov, do you have a video specifically about how to strengthen the king in the centre if your opponent is intent on stopping you from castling? I usually get the bishops in the centre near the king and advance the flanks in chains to support the knights but it doesn't always work.

    BTW this is yet another game changing tutorial from you, thanks. My favourite chess teacher.

  2. This is great! I was making this mistake and planned on looking up solutions/ways to avoid this and this video had it all! Thanks 👍

  3. He shouldn't have flipped the board as it makes things confusing. Not a good move !

  4. We can play f5 even when bishop moves to d3 as there will be again 2 pieces trapped with pawn push

  5. You make it sound so easy how to take advantage of this mistake. And it is easy, once one knows about it. Thanks, great video!

  6. This is now one of my favorite videos, because I see this opening somewhat frequently; so, hopefully I’ll get to put it to use soon. This is a brilliant response to a common opening position, but then everything you post strikes me as brilliant. You’re an excellent chess coach and I appreciate the straightforward manner in which you present these videos, avoiding superfluous talk, getting right into the learning that we all come here for. Most of us out here are not properly trained and don’t really know what we’re doing. We’re just learning little bits like this along the way and hopefully improving. Much of our chess knowledge is out of context with overall strategy play. That’s why I also appreciate you demonstrating so many different variations that can happen with this position and how to respond accordingly. I’m now a faithful subscriber, looking forward to watching more of your videos. Thank you!

  7. After Nxe4 the best way for White is to continue in a gambit way, simply castling.

  8. What If after Qg5 White plays Nxc6, threatening a discovered check? Is Black going for Qxg2 next anyway?

    Ah, I see, then Just Qxb5 and the knight is lost as well. Piece up for Black.

  9. And what if ,after black takes the e pawn with his knight, white takes f7 pawn with check…

  10. I remember playing this as a kid and was not aware it was a blunder, where I reacted the "correct" way.
    Here's the thing:
    It's not a blunder.
    There are ways ito blunder after Bc4 Nxe4, but Bc4 is not a blunder.
    Good job of getting views tho.

  11. After 2.30…. White horse can cheak black king. Then black queen will be captured.

  12. Alright…
    1.e4 e5
    2.Nf3 Nf6
    3.Nc3 Nc6
    4.Bc4……and arrived at the said position…
    4……. Nxe4? is an outright blunder
    why? because of…
    5.Bxf7+!!

  13. I always play Italian opening and when someone play this against me. I just take pawn with bishop first so opponent king can not castle and then takes knight. Almost always works for me. And I learned it from 1-2 games like this

  14. Very well done video. Thank you! I've had a hunch that there was some counterplay to what looks like a boring opening, and now I've found it. Thank you!

  15. Watched this video today and just had a game for Black with this opening (4 knights and then White brought out the bishop) and I mated in 14 moves. Thank you!

  16. Yea No.
    This is just a regular opening it isn’t a mistake lol

  17. @10:43s if the white queen on d4 takes the pawn on g7, what is the best response for white if black plays queen to f6 (i.e. the black queen is stopping you from taking the rook, which itself is defended by black's knight on g8)?

  18. Very useful video Igor.I have encountered theses positions as black and white.Now,I gonna put your ides to use.Thanks and keep turning out your videos.Love them

  19. Don't take the Knight yet , bishop check first then take the n

  20. Тот момент, когда узнаешь себя на принимающей стороне. 🙂
    Спасибо!

  21. this is mistake for white
    black: yeahh..
    but white can counter it with..
    white: yeahh..
    but black can use this tactic..
    black: yeahh..
    but white also can do..
    white: yeahh..
    but clack can win it with..
    black: yeahhh

  22. thank you very very very much, you help me a lot

  23. At this point 0:26, white knight should capture pawn e5. If black knight captures e4, then there's queen e2, effectively capturing the black knight or queen.

  24. Chess fascinates me! Always has! But I am very bad at it… Even then, your VERY INTERESTING video taught me one thing or two! Kudos on your *SUPERB TEACHING SKILLS*!!!!!!!!!!

  25. What’s the best continuation after 6.Bb5 dxe4 7. Nxe5 Qg5 8. Nxc6?

  26. Grandmaster Igor Smirnov has the best chess channel on you tube.

  27. This video singlehandedly took me from 610 ELO to 635. Thank you GM Igor Smirnov.

  28. it's such a disgusting idiot move for black, not really mistake for white for beginners chess. I was in this situation many many times as white and rarely lost. Don't listent to this lier

  29. Thanks so much for the info…I play italian game a lot and see this a few times…now I know what to do

  30. White is fine in this line. It avoids a lot of theory.

  31. At 2:46 much more intuitive move is knight to c3, and for less experienced players, like me, it's not obvious at all how to continue this "strategically winning position" as black. Queen needs to go somewhere, computer shows a5, and then what's the plan?

  32. At 9:30, why would pushing the bishop be a good pin? What’s to stop the H pawn from moving up one and countering?

    Newbie here so, a lot of times, I never get the super simple explanation of why some of these things don’t work.

  33. I greatly enjoy the straight-forward information. It's easy to consume, and is extremely helpful.
    Thanks!

  34. You missed one. What if White takes your Knight at c3 when you create the Fork…giving up their Bishop…but putting you in Check? All you can do is take their Knight with your Pawn (b2 to c3)…which destroys your King side Pawn Wall. So…what next? Work to Queen side Castle going forward. Thanks!

  35. Such a fun tactic. I did this in my game and my opponent immediately resigned haha

  36. Hi Igor. Great video again. Thank you. P.S. I hope your cat is ok?

  37. Great video thanks! I'm a noob, and people matched with me play this opening ALL the time. I already found how to avoid the knight-bishop check, but it involved me castling fast and not gaining the tempo advantage you showed. Can't wait to use this!

  38. I love these low elo handy dandy lessons, much better than learning too many specific openings.

  39. You show all the wrong responses in any variants.

  40. More than 266k of my opponents know this move now…. 😂

  41. Dayum I'm sure I've played that countless times.

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