Powerful Chess Opening for Black Against 1.e4 [TRAPS Included]

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Many chess players want to improve their chess skills with intense preparation only a week or two before their important tournament. Unfortunately, it is not possible to elevate one’s chess skill in such a short period of time..

Nevertheless, GM Igor Smirnov usually recommends this: if there are any weaknesses in your opening repertoire, you can cover that quickly. In this video lesson, he teaches you an opening system that you can learn in just 15 minutes! It is a solid, powerful, and universal chess opening for Black against 1.e4.

It is a solid system in the French Defense which happens after the first moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5. You will learn to overcome one of the main problems of the French Defense, which is to develop the light-squared bishop. This system gives you a solid position and also comes with some really cool traps!

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00:00 Universal Chess Opening for Black After 1.e4
00:47 French Defense: 1.e4 e6
01:58 Main idea: Developing the c8-bishop
03:07 Beware of this trap
05:49 Tip: Old rule of Capablanca
08:00 Can you find the winning move?
08:25 Common trap White falls for
10:17 Advance variation: 3.e5
14:13 Really cool trap, sudden tactics

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78 Comments

  1. What is going on with your cat, is it anesthetized before admission?😺

  2. pushing f6 offers to instead trade bishop for rook and open the h file or forces the rook off the attack. Knight f4 trades Bishops and attacks b2 or wins the pawn on h4 if they move the bishop.

  3. I tried this line. White always plays Re1 early to support Ne5. The …Qd5 trick to regain the e pawn gets nullified

  4. What if Nxf6? 4:22
    Lichess database stats and engine eval look unfavourable for black there

  5. I left French defence because it leads to draw.

  6. Make video on pawn pushing in end game

  7. At 3.53 minutes, if the white queen goes on to d2, black queen cannot d2..?

  8. Pay attention cat you need to remember all this

  9. This is Fox Knox opening
    I found it when magnus blizting

  10. At 3:51, why will the queen be captured? Can't you play Queen to D4?

  11. Looks like knight f-5 because it’s a trade plus it counter attacks the rook

  12. As an experienced French player, I can recommend the French to beginners and players that want to play an opening that is based more on understanding positions and less on memorization of exact sequences of moves. Although not 100% immune from move memorization, most ideas and positions can tolerate a few move sequences in different order.

    But, I do not agree with the specific lines offered in this video because I don't agree that very many of the lines lead to equality. The Rubinstein variation in particular where Black plays an early d5xe4 leaves Black with a cramped position and few prospects to resolve which is why although it has been of interest recently for surprises has never been popular throughout French history. And that line where Black aims for a quick Ba6 to exchange the "Bad French Bishop" hardly has any teeth, so although goes through its fads also is not particularly popular.

    For me, the attraction of the French is that it's a counter-attacking opening which sets up some imbalances White can hardly avoid.
    In exchange for accepting a severe disadvantage in space on the K-side, Black is able to gain an equally dominant space advantage on the Q-side. If White plays either the Exchange variation or refuses to push the e pawn forward to e5 then Black will eventually take on e4 with advantage, White gives up any possibility of fighting for an advantage in the opening. In many lines like the Classical and Tarrasch variations, Black will even allow his Nf6 to be kicked by the e5 move to create the imbalance to exert pressure on the White center and possibly transfer the King Knight to the Q-side.

    If the French is to be beaten, White has to know how to attack the K-side regardless if the Black king castles into the storm or stays in the middle and not too many players at any skill level know how to do this which is why the French is so disliked by many e4 players. If White doesn't know how to energetically attack Black, White can be helpless against Black's attack on the Q-side and sometimes it's simply a tempo race which attack is faster.

  13. Sac Bishop for the pawn his rook takes knight then push the pawn two squares blocking the rook from escape

  14. Nh5 to f4 to attack the Bd3 so you keep your extra piece and threaten the rook on e5 and b2 pawn

  15. I wish you reach 1 m SUBs .I ❤️ Ur Videos

  16. 3:53 U can capture the pawn.After he takes bishop..U can take another pawn.

  17. I have always loved playing French Defense. Thank you for some very interesting insights on how to play better with this opening.

  18. could move bishop to f6, then rook takes knight, then move pawn to g6. The white rook becomes trapped.

  19. Great video as usual, GMIgor! I just learned another defense against white's 1.e4! Kind of bored with 1..e5!

  20. What should Black do if White plays Bg4 pinning the knight followed by an exchange on c6? I’ve seen this response more than Bd3 in my own games. {Advanced variation}

  21. Fantastic video and commentary. Thank you for having a very straightforward style.

  22. After Qd2, in your first example, the black queen is no longer trapped!!

  23. No chance to beat your spectacular views, Tq

  24. Wouldn't Kf4 a good move? Great video, thank you so much

  25. I would suggest instead of capturing the pawn….move ur knight to h4 to attack the pawn….if the pawn on f3 captures, its a checkmate…if not u capture the pawn…

  26. Play bong loud against e4 that is the strongest response I ever know

  27. Another way in the advance variation would be Qd7 (instead of Ne7)/b6/Ba6. How would you compare this to the Ne7 solution ?

  28. One correction . After bishop takes knight attacking queen ur queen has square taking d4 pawn which was earlier defended by knight so queen is not trapped now and u gain a piece ! And also attackon b7 pawn see if m wrong

  29. I’m getting back into chess but at my age having a hard time with all the theory. This is a life saver

  30. Question : at the beginning, why reroute the Bishop from c8 to d7 and then to c6, instead of fiancettoing it on b7 ? Why is it better ?

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