The BEST Chess Opening for Black Against 1.e4

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the best chess opening for Black against 1.e4. It is from the Portuguese variation of the Scandinavian Defense, which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4.

The variation that he shows is very aggressive and it’s even played by the world champion Magnus Carlsen in online chess.

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  1. What if the white pawn passes after the e4 opening and I lost bc my pieces were pinned down

  2. Just used your opening and lost 7 material advantage thanks i really hate you i totally didnt blunder except these stupid pawns sacrifice

  3. Thank you so much sir ❤️❤️ Love from India ❣️

  4. Actually I don't get this opening. Why white would play 3.d4 facing a treat to the pown from the black knight and a queen instead of playing something like pawn to c4 / bishop to c4 or knight to c3?

  5. I'm sorry, but hit how is 3. d4 the main line?
    Doesn't make sense..

  6. I saw your videos..they are very easy to understand. Thank you very much Sir.

  7. I played this line after watching this video and I won the game 😂

  8. Solution to the puzzle at @7:10

    Black moves the knight to d3 delivering a check: Nd3+

    Now, bishop can't capture the knight as it is pinned and Qxd3 loses the queen to Bxd3.

    So the king has to move.

    If it goes to d2, then Bb4+ Kc2 Nf2, attacking the queen with the knight and delivering a discovered check with the bishop on f5, winning the queen!

    Else, if the king moves to f1, then Nf2 forks the queen and the rook!

  9. Why would white play d4 instead of knight c3?

  10. Thanks a lot for a new method to whites d4? 😀👍♟

  11. i would go Nd3 check but not sure of the flollow up

  12. Thanks for making this video Igor. I used this opening ever since I learned it from your Opening Lab course.

  13. You are blocking the pieces of the black. How can we see properly that you are covering of letters as per your explanation.

  14. Really good. The Father’s Day wishes were a very nice touch. Thanks again!

  15. Very nice video Igor and thanks for sharing this Gambit line with us. I think one must study all possibilities here because if black makes a slight error then white pieces have the upperhand. Keep up your great vids and work. Cheers!

  16. Tnx for sharing us your chess knowledge .there are many variation you can do for this opening to win fast

  17. Your daughter will also become a great player best wishes Sir From INDIA

  18. Great lessons, it's really Master-Class !!

  19. excellent video as always, I really appreciate your content and your approach makes really good sense. question about the 3d4,,,, wouldn't white play 3c4 naturally protecting the threatened d5 pawn?

  20. Bro…tks so much for sharing ur knowledge of chess with us…very much appreciated!!!

  21. Good teaching,: but your explanation when comes in writing it blocks our vision on the board

  22. If black moves king there isn't any checkmate bishop to d5 is an option

  23. What if they don’t take the original d5 pawn? Should you take his pawn?

  24. This gambit by black relies on a BAD MOVE by white to gain a positional initiative.
    White should decline the second pawn gambit by playing 6.Nc3 (defending their pawn on d5) instead of dxe6. White is then up a pawn, which they should probably give back, and a clear space advantage which is easy to hold.

  25. I am trying to use it, run into Bb5 check. It them seems I am on my heels the rest of the game.

  26. thanks, ran into different aspects. I have now learned to adjust to reactions. Hard when you are learning and then a different scenario comes about. But all good, thank you for your kindness. May Jesus bless your entire family. Amen

  27. He deleted my comment that pointed out the many flaws of this opening. You leave bishops hanging, open spaces for your king to get checked. And how D4 is an inredibly awful and rare move for white to play. Which is what allows this gamit to work. If white places sensible moves it will poke many many holes in this opening for black. On chess. com it says in Master games black only wins 25% of the time with this set up.

  28. Can you do a video on how to beat this game as white?

  29. Why have I never seen this before? I am going to try it.

  30. The best continuation in the position at 7:10 is
    11..Bxg1 12.Rxg1 Bd3
    After that, White not only loses his bishop in e2, but Black STILL remains in attack AND with development advantage.
    Regards from Sardinia!

  31. In the chess puzzle, I saw Nd3+. The point is that after Kf1 I could consider Ng4 allowing Ne3# if he takes the queen. I don't think it works if fxg4 instead.

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