SHOCK your opponents with 1…b6 | Chess Openings for Black | Owen’s Defense

This powerful and solid chess opening for Black will shock your opponents. It’s called the Owen’s Defense with the starting moves 1.e4 b6.

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will share with you a powerful chess opening for Black, called the Owen’s Defense, where Black responds with 1..b6. It is also known as the Queen’s Fianchetto Defence or Greek Defence. This hyper-modern chess opening is greatly underestimated and relatively unknown.

Therefore, you can play this opening to surprise your opponents right from the start of your game, dragging them into unknown territory and forcing them out of their opening repertoire so that they have to think for themselves! Being full of tricks and active possibilities for Black, it is one of the best chess openings to keep up your sleeve, especially when playing against amateur players or in blitz games.

From this video, you will learn the key idea of attacking the White’s e4-pawn in the center with your b7-bishop. GM Igor Smirnov also teaches how to play actively when White tries to protect the pawn with their queen, or pushes their pawn, or pins your knight with Bg5 instead.

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► Chapters

00:00 Playing 1…b6 as Black
00:20 1.e4 b6: Owen’s Defense
02:02 Line-1: 6.Qe2 to protect e4
03:00 If White plays 7.e5
04:01 White bishop trapped out of nowhere
07:22 If White plays 7.exd5
09:08 Line-2: If White plays 6.e5
12:30 Line-3: 6.Bg5 pinning the knight
15:31 Conclusion: Target White’s weak pawns

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89 Comments

  1. been playing chess for 2 months and i am smashing 500's with this

  2. I might suggest to illustrate a master or amateur submitted game with opening analysis

  3. please make a video of queens indian defence!

  4. Yes please! More on 1…b6 please! And how about a video on the similar English Defence (d4, b6, c4, e6 then black plays Bb7). Thank you Igor.

  5. At 12:03 you point out that the bishop can't go away. But if Bd3, then Nxd4 doesn't work because of Ba6+! Thanks for this very instructive lesson.

  6. Amazing. Just found that my moves are an actual opening. I Play it with Black and White against anything lmao
    So many lines you showed i had a million times.
    Definitly will try First b2 with White instead of g2

  7. Actually my reaction to 1…b6 is 😂😂😂

  8. Thank you GM Igor! I was just thinking about requesting you for a standard way to play as Black against PD4 or PE4 by white and you posted this video today! This is excellent! Thank you very much!!

  9. Magic Master i love your videos and your courses on the Academy! Its fantastic play with a solid preparation! you promise 3.d3 and we are waiting for it! Thanks for all!!!! You are the best

  10. I miss the cat in the background of the videos

  11. B4-B5 works with white at least around 14-1500.

  12. What if the white knight after C3, his next move is H3 with the opposite knight?
    Your videos are awesome, and love that accent😉

  13. не, главная загадка шахмат, почему 99 процентов онлайн игроков скоты, унылое гавно и читеры? запиши видосик плиз

  14. ► Chapters

    00:00 Playing 1…b6 as Black

    00:20 1.e4 b6: Owen's Defense

    02:02 Line-1: 6.Qe2 to protect e4

    03:00 If White plays 7.e5

    04:01 White bishop trapped out of nowhere

    07:22 If White plays 7.exd5

    09:08 Line-2: If White plays 6.e5

    12:30 Line-3: 6.Bg5 pinning the knight

    15:31 Conclusion: Target White's weak pawns

  15. 😎😎😎😎🔥🔥🔥🔥 yessssssss

  16. I used to play like this before watching your video )

  17. Are you getting adequate compensation for all this quality instruction you're giving us?

  18. 6:11 The amazing disappearing cat!
    I hope that we reach 1K likes. This intensive research is very helpful.

  19. Want the continuation ,thank you so much didn't know much about certain lines in this opening 😇🙏

  20. Of course we want the continuation!! Thanks a lot!

  21. Can you make a part 2 covering more variations

  22. Doyle Irish Stick & Bartitsu Laboratory says:

    More Owens please 🙂

  23. Indeed, its continuation is truly appreciated…! Thanks in advance…!! Keep up the good work…!!!

  24. Coach can you pls make a video lesson against saimich attack or 150 attack

  25. I really liked this opening. Can you play b6 also if white first move is d4?

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