The Owen’s Defence | Chess Openings Explained (Podcast)

Jonathan Schrantz presents the Owen’s Defence (1. e4 b6) in this stripped down podcast. Although it has a dubious reputation, learning the Owen could take the white opponent out of theory and give black an edge.

B00 Owen defence


  1. I miss the facial expressions, so live is much better in my opinion. Session is still great, but thats what makes the session more personal.. like being part of the class.
    As I am folliwing your sessions Jonathan, as well as Ben's, I would really appriciate switch back to the usual format.. can't even imagine a lesson with Ben in the new format.. terrible shakes head

  2. Your videos are great. One of the success criteria is the professional lecturer. Take away the face and replace it with a board will make the lecture more monotone and less entertaining, thus the quality drops. How much depends on the lecturer and his lecturing style.

    If this means the channel is able to produce and publish more lectures, go for it. If you wish to keep the publishing rate, but lower the quality, I can only say as Ben Finegold: BOOO,

    new style is OK. Please keep the old style and use new style to increase the publishing rate.

  3. i hate this format.. i like your lovely expressions Jonathan!!

  4. Hi there. PLEASE make a video for the sicilian variation named "Dragondorf" that seems to be very interesting. Or present a solid way to respond to e4 with sicilian defense.Thank you Jonathan Schrantz. You re great!

  5. why it doesn't go until end of game ?
    great video

  6. Hey Jonathan would it be possible for you to do a lecture of f4!? Birds opening?

  7. Why the complaints about added content? I say record and post lessons in any format. More is better.

  8. 'Against a well prepared opponent you may run into trouble with the black pieces.' – On the contrary! In the unlikely event that someone prepares for my Owen's, there are so many resources available that it cannot possibly be a bad opening at all. No clear way to gain an obvious advantage and the dynamic balance often leads to a clarified equality.

  9. Owens Defense/Hungarian Opening are sharp openings and winning strategies in my experience. I play a variation with double fianchettoed bishops for the long diagonals and maintain a strong defensive pawn line with few weaknesses that can easily hold while I develop my knights/bishops for attacks, it's highly flexible and easily supported. Hyper-Modern style wasn't mentioned in this video but I am convinced it is the best play style I have encountered to oppose the classical systems. My variation is just too defensive for standard players more often than not. As a Hyper Modern player I give my opponent the center in order to make him over extend his pieces while I exploit his weaknesses and regain the center after various well calculated exchanges. To control the center without pawns and instead using minor pieces is brilliant! I started with classical main lines then discovered Hyper-Modern theory through the Hungarian Opening accidentally, I didn't even know what Hyper Modern was until I was told by a random opponent. I am currently rated at 1114 on, I know it's nothing to brag about and trust me I'm not. I have spent a great deal of time honing this system and more recently began studying as much as I can to counter the the various openings out there and have seen myself as a player go from struggling between high 900's /1000's to maintaining and advancing beyond my previous highest point. Scorpio1388 on find me, add me, challenge me.

  10. Liking it without camera – better absorbed in the board.

  11. Too simple things described. For example I am highly interested in the position on which this video finishes. This is the critical position to start videolesson with, but not to finish.

  12. In explaining openings I expect to hear what are the main plans of both sides where are the up and down sides of both and what kind of end game am I expecting. <3 your other videos (e.g. controlling squares to generate outposts) but this video makes me learn moves by heart instead of understanding.. No offense, just a random input. Kind regards from Switzerland and thanks for many helpful videos !

  13. enjoy
    1. e4 b6 2. d4 Bb7 3. Bd3 g6 4. Qe2 Bg7 5. c3 d6 6. h3 Nf6 7. Nf3 O-O 8. O-O Qd7
    9. Bf4 a6 10. Na3 Nc6 11. Nc2 Nd8 12. Rad1 Ne6 13. Bg3 Nh5 14. Bh2 f5 15. exf5 Nef4 16. Bxf4 Nxf4 17.Qe3 Rxf5 18. Bxf5 Qxf5 19. Rfe1 Rf8 20. Rf1 Nxh3+
    21. gxh3 Qxh3 22. Nce1 Bh6 23. Qxe7 Bxf3 24.Nxf3 Qg4+ 25. Kh2 Bf4+
    26. Kh1 Qxf3+ 27. Kg1 Qg4+ 28. Kh1 Qh3+ 29. Kg1 Qh2# 0-1

  14. 5:00 gloating about beating a 1200 rated player. This guy = douchebag.

  15. This channel’s lost so much worth without more from Jonathan…wtf

  16. bad explain and the voice is not correct and audio also please correct and make this video again or we will lost our game

  17. b6 seems to be ok. As a 1.b3 player I might start playing b6 aswell.

  18. “Strange, offbeat French” . . . “defense.”

  19. That cute kid is for sure crushing the field by now! :))

  20. I used Owens defence i had studied in a book with a strong player in a chess club i joined as a new player. they said after the game they didn't know what to do about it as it took them out of their comfort zone, which was nice. That's the goal after all haha.

  21. Wtf I am defeated millions time by owen's defence by my father and uncle

  22. I use it almost every time I play with the black I think it's very good for the black

  23. How is this better for white and dubious?

  24. Would love to see some continuations. Does anybody has a list from interesting Owens defence games?

  25. Just played against this. At my level (800s) it seems like people like to take you out of theory really quickly.

  26. I searched for the Owen's, found you and loved the format.

  27. Seems like White is constantly having to react to Black, therefore seems like a pretty good opening for Black. Obviously played well by White, means Black may be losing, but it means white has to know all the moves. Is that a fair assessment?

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