The BEST Beginner Chess Opening [for Under-1600 ELO Players]

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares the best chess opening for White that works extremely well up to 1600 ELO level. It is called the Evans Gambit from the Italian Game which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4.

It is very solid, aggressive, universal, and best of all, very easy to learn. Even Garry Kasparov played this opening against Vishy Anand in a classical chess game and won. And most chess players below the rating level of 1600 are not very good at defense. Therefore, this gives you the opportunity to crush them early in the game.

► Chapters

00:00 Best Chess Opening for Under-1600 Rated Players
00:34 Evans Gambit, Giuoco Piano, Italian Game
01:39 94% players lose after 3 moves
03:16 +3 advantage for White
06:02 If Black plays 5…Ba5       
09:00 Devastating attack against the Black king

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  1. Thanks! This is fun, I watched this yesterday and beat a 1500 today. I'm 1288.

  2. This is the only way I can ask you a question. In the Caro-Kan. You say the player plays E6. What do you do when he plays E5? That stops you at once. How do you go from here? No one plays E6. Gracias

  3. hello GM Igor, I have a sorta testimony. I learn chess best when i have a coach and since coaches are expensive where i live, your videos have been extremely invaluable. Somehow, i remember lines from your videos best and people in OTB tournaments dont like facing me when im playing the Italian because of you. i just keep getting better at it and it's all thanks to you. i even have a 70% winrate with it on lichess. thanks so much, i really appreciate your work🙏🏽

  4. For players with Black that want to destroy the Evans Gambit, I've been having a lot of fun with the move 4. …d5, the Hein Countergambit. It's a wild and tactical variation that takes all the fun away from White's Evans Gambit. I've won numerous games with it as White often has no idea what in the world is going on.

  5. After playing this i dont get the benefit of this pawn maneuver. Bishop is back on same position….

  6. That pawn breaking through the center is badass

  7. ► Chapters

    00:00 Best Chess Opening for Under-1600 Rated Players

    00:34 Evans Gambit, Giuoco Piano, Italian Game

    01:39 94% players lose after 3 moves

    03:16 +3 advantage for White

    06:02 If Black plays 5…Ba5

    09:00 Devastating attack against the Black king

  8. What if they play Bd6? instead of Bc5 or Ba5?

  9. For black players that just want to sidestep the main theory, a decent defence is 1. e4 e5; 2. Nf3 Nc6; 3. Bc4 Bc5; 4. b4 Bxb4; 5. c3 Ba5; 6. d4 Bb6; 7. 0-0 d6, where white has struggled to prove compensation for the pawn. The main line is 1. e4 e5; 2. Nf3 Nc6; 3. Bc4 Bc5; 4. b4 Bxb4; 5. c3 Ba5; 6. d4 ed; 7. 0-0 Nge7; 8. cd d5; 9. ed Nxd5 but here white still has a number of tries that require precise defence, so it is best to go for this only once you have built up a deeper book.

  10. I think this would get some opponents. I am by no means high rating (1455). I have not studied every line, and even if I have studied a line, sometimes it may only be the first several moves. However, as soon as an opponent starts sacrificing pawns I am looking for the angle. Generally speaking it's either a line that quickly attacks my king or queen. Just need to understand what your opponents target is.

  11. You are the best teacher of chess on YouTube. Big fan.

  12. Is that lichess because 1600 there is really 1300-1400 .

  13. I'm sorry Igor but this is THE worse advice for an opening that I've ever seen. Unless you are supremely confident and know all of the possible variations and lines, this is far too risky and will cost white many games. The Evans Gambit should ONLY be used against players rated 800 and lower

  14. I have been recently using this opening with great succes, so I am very happy to see this video especially because I am lacking the theory in some lines!! The plans are very intuitive and I had games were my opponent blunders a piece (like the a5 bishop or even the c3 knight)as queen b3 is a venounous move at my rating (1300 rapid)

  15. Over the months I have been experimenting with Evans gambit, Danish gambit, Scotch gambit and Vienna gambit. So far Vienna gambit has proven most effective, but still not as effective as the "boring" queens gambit. (QG was my go to opening when learning basics so Im very comfortable with it, even if its not a true gambit)

  16. won't work against me tho as I only play the Rousseau gambit 😂

  17. Thank you, Igor.
    I dropped a game last night playing Black, and sacrificed a Knight to get rid of his b2 pawn (he castled Queenside).
    What a mess 😞
    I'm up in White next, time to try this instead.

  18. Biggest problem with the Evans is that Black can avoid it. Any semi-open defence (i.e. not 1 … e5) does this, as does the Two Knights Defence 3 … Nf6.

  19. Great video, but can you please cover the strategies and tactics when black recapture the gambited pawn with the knight instead of the bishop ? The logic is quite different, and it's not covered anywhere…

  20. Wow, simply best about Evans , thanks 🎉

  21. Easily my favourite opening for White. You do need to have a plan for what to do if they go for the Two Knight's Defence as well though.

  22. What if black blocks with Nf6, witch you can't take Rh8 with the Queen?

  23. I really really don't want to learn 1. e4 because there is so many other ways for them to play.

  24. "Celebrate and party hard!" I chuckled after Igor said this. I guess I just imagine a bunch of chess nerds partying hard lol

  25. Instead of d3 my opponent moved queen f3 and my whole plan was gone…

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