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🔹 1…Nc6 against 1.e4 & 1.d4 –

♛ Find the variations shown in the video in this blog-post –

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you a universal and aggressive chess opening system for Black that works against any first move by White. It’s the move 1…Nc6, commonly known as the Nimzowitsch Defense.

Since it is universal, it can be played against any of White’s first moves: 1.e4, 1.d4, 1.Nf3, or 1.c4. This opening system is particularly tricky, often resulting in Black gaining a winning position within just 10 moves in many common variations.

Moreover, it proves especially effective against the London System. If White isn’t careful, they may fall right into the trap, leading to checkmate in only 7 moves!

► Chapters

00:00 Universal Chess Opening for Black vs 1.e4 & 1.d4
00:09 1) Against 1.e4 by White
01:53 White’s most played move LOSES on the spot
02:28 If White defends f2 with Rf1
02:55 If White defends f2 by castling
04:40 2) Against 1.d4 by White
06:03 General ideas of this opening system
09:08 3) Against the Queen’s Gambit
09:42 4) If White plays 2.Nf3 to prevent 2…e5
10:52 5) Against the London System
11:22 Checkmate in 7 moves!
12:15 If White doesn’t fall for the trap

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  1. Do you take any offline classes of chess

  2. As a nimzowitsch Player, I recommend d5 instead of e5

  3. These videos are so amazing for a new player like me. Thanks so much! Your explanations help me understand the reasoning behind moves.

  4. Bro this opening is dayum strong💪💪💪💪. I just consecutively defeated a 1200 thrice although I am only 1025. And all of this by just by watching a 10 minute vdo. Hope I get pinned😊😊

  5. Ohh, that's great,thanks for teaching new opening line🎉🎉❤❤

  6. Yes pls i need a black version for my Londen system

  7. What's the response to 1 d4 Nc6 2 d5? As a d4 player myself, that's what I do when I see Nc6 on move 1 (which I rarely see). Even for system openings, you have to adapt to your opponent's play.

  8. What can I do if after 1. d4 Nc6, white plays 2. d5? How to maintain the attacking plan? Thx.

  9. What to do if white plays 1) d4) nc6 2) d5

  10. 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3 Nf3 is the Scotch.

  11. This opening against Knight to c3 is a problem for me…this is my repertoire..what's the best way to use this opening against Nc3 and f4…h4 is also a problem by the way…@GmKrikor

  12. Awesome content, thank you very much. Your enthusiasm is contagious

  13. I tried your opening right after watching this video and guess what happned I won by checkmate. And I sacrificed THE ROOOOK. Thank you for this video GM.

  14. What about 1. b4 ? Should you play 1…Nc6 too? 😉

  15. What to do when white plays d4 , we play Nc6 , then white kicks our knight on the third move by playing d5 ?

  16. worst video of the year till now

  17. beginers will for sure losse with this opening

  18. 3. Move White plays simple f4 ! and black is done.

  19. Igor- Just a thought… You appear to be confirming (?) the futility of completely focusing on center control? Even Magnus is ignoring opening theory and launching attacks like a chess AI engine (Chess Bot).🙂

  20. I was playing the Nimzowitch Defense but someone taught me that Caro-Kann is better.
    Who do you think is better?
    Caro-Kann or Nimzowitch(and ither Nc6 openings)?

  21. FM James Schuyler wrote a book “The Dark Knight System” Everyman Chess which covers this defense beautifully.

  22. Thank you sir, I love your videos. And yes we would love to see the variation with white pieces 🙂

  23. That was a really good video with all the traps, and since the opening is uncommon you can catch people off guard

  24. I was 1100 in a an Open Tournament, played this and beat an FM, IM and GM to win. I was banned, investigated, and locked in a dungeon for 11 years because it was considered witchcraft. This opening is very dangerous.

  25. 01:35 Why white shouldn´t attack the bishop with the knight??

  26. Is this also known as the Blackburn defense?

  27. Also, what if White works to castle Queenside?

  28. This is a very good system, especially if White doesn't know it. In most lines on lichess, Black scores much better than White. HOWEVER, in lines where White pushes an early h4 (either 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.d5 Ne7 4.Nf3 Ng6 5.h4! or 1.d4 Nc6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 Ne7 4.Nf3 [or Nc3] Ng6 5.h4!) White scores better AND the computer gives a very comfortable advantage. This h-pawn push is quite thematic against Knights on g6/g3. These are not the most popular lines, but you are rolling the dice and/or need to do some homework in these Harry Attack lines if you want to play them in non-blitz games. (You also need to know how to play the Scotch after 3.Nf3!?, though GM Smirnov has some videos on that so not a big deal.)

  29. i definitly wanna see a video of this system with white love the videos igor!

  30. I definitely have to try this opening

  31. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise in these YouTube videos.
    Motivated by these, during your end of year sales, I purchased GM Igor Smirnov’s Opening Bundle and your Grandmasters Secrets video. Then I was able to take advantage of your two for one promotion and added a couple of your end game video lessons too … Endgame Expert and Practical endgames.
    I have my eye on your MIDDLEGAME EXPERT PACKAGE next !
    Thanks again.

  32. Nimzowitch defence is weak and white can easily get advantage and that is why super GMs never play it

  33. Its a request for new year. Please be a chess trainer not an opening trainer. 🙏🏻 thank you

  34. Wow this is awesome breakdown of this opening! Cants wait for the upcoming video with White!

  35. What if he plays pawn d4 you open your knight then he pushes samw pawn on d5? I played this opening and i didn't like it cus of this

  36. Wow!
    I love hope thorough you describe the variations!
    Many teachers will pose an idea and say, “then your opponent will go here” but that example is only one of four valid moves and the other three collapse the trap!
    You illustrated the theory beautifully. I’m excited to try this.

  37. I’ve subbed!
    Looking forward to watch the versions while playing white!

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