The Unbeatable Bishop’s Opening (simple and powerful)

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you an interesting chess opening, the Bishop’s Opening, which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4. It is not a very popular opening line (compared to 2.Nf3 or 2.Nc3), nevertheless, it’s perfectly sound as you’re developing a piece and taking aim at the Black’s f7-pawn.

Additionally, by playing the Bishop’s Opening, you are dragging your opponent out of his/her opening preparation. Therefore, you can use this opening weapon to surprise your opponents. Most importantly, there are a lot of interesting aggressive and attacking lines that you can follow up with!

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00:00 Bishop’s Opening 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4
01:05 Line-1: Black’s symmetrical 2…Bc5
03:04 Do NOT rush the exchange Nxd4
04:57 Play aggressively as White
07:36 Best way to improve at chess
08:34 Line-2: Black plays 2…Nc6
10:51 Be careful of 5.f4 if 4…Bc5
13:55 Line-3: Black plays 2…Nf6
14:11 Urusov Gambit 3.d4
16:06 Mainline: Black plays 3…exd4
17:58 Final line: If Black plays Nf6 correctly
19:39 Cool tactical combination
20:55 Conclusion: Solid & aggressive opening

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250 Comments

  1. What if black doesn’t 2…e5??

    1:05 sym 3.d4
    👉🏿 2:51 …pxc4
    👉🏿 2:57 …bxc4, 4.nf3, nc6 5.O-O, nf6 6.nxb!
    👉🏿 4:55 …bxc4, … 6…nxc4! 7.f4!
    👉🏿 8:34 …nc6!

    10:51
    👉🏿 5.f4 if 4…bc5

  2. I prefer not to memorize “lines” of play because there are infinite variations as to how an opponent may choose to move in response to your moves. Since you can only move one move at a time, there is no use in burning up your brain cells memorizing ALL of their possible counter-moves, nor even trying to think several moves ahead unless you are close to checkmating your opponent and you can see your moves manipulating your opponent into moves in which they have no other choice. This is usually in mid to end game, not beginning game scenarios. JMO as a 1500-ish player! P.S., I know what you’re thinking…

  3. I take heed from all then apply my own personal experience information 2 it

  4. Great video. Knights before bishops my ass. Subscribed.

  5. What about QE7 by black in the third variation and checking your king before you castle. To me that's a huge flaw with this opening line with the kings knight.

  6. Haha watched only half the video and I'm on a little winning streak as a result. Probably watch the rest now🤣

  7. I decided to put one of your openings to the test against Battle Chess on the NES. White (red in BC actually) pawn to E4, black (blue) pawn to E5, white bishop to C4, black knight to F6, white pawn to D4, black pawn captures on D4, white knight to F3, black bishop to B4 check. Now I'm on the back foot. Why on earth would the black knight capture the pawn on E4 when there's an incredibly obvious check available?

    I'm no chess genius, but even I could immediately see the flaw in that opening. If it seems like I'm being harsh, there are two reasons: 1) I don't like clickbait video titles. 2) I think you're doing a disservice to your viewers by not covering what to do in the event of playing an opponent that is not a chimpanzee.

  8. Nf6 is not the best continuation or main continuation.
    The only thing black needs to do in this situation is d5. With d5 it unlocks the bishop, blocks their bishop attack and prevents the knight attack on g5. It's the classic defense against this attack. It's not tricky, and if you're willing to lose a pawn to get tempo and possible attacks against his open pieces.
    Who are you? in Every single scenario, you never seem to move your d5 pawn for black, or you move it to areas in which it doesn't help unlock your pieces.
    These are all junk as they are based on the worst continuations for black.
    Never do mirror play. In the end it's always a loss to whoever gains initiative first.

    Not much of a teacher this one.

  9. What will be your proceedings if black plays Queen to g5 in the 2nd move?

  10. Any reason why top players almost never seem to use this opening? Not without playing 2. Nf3 first.

  11. Unbeatable ? So I could win against Magnus with this ? Nahhhhhhhh

  12. Unbeatable huh? Guess you "solved" chess then. No reason to play any more tournaments ever.

  13. It's not unbeatable though, is it? Black doesn't play 2. Bc5 but instead Nc6 and later … d5.

  14. I laugh…. I watch these videos, 'this takes that, that takes this…' The game never goes the way you describe in the video….

    The more I watch these videos the more I lose.

  15. Is there a possible way to beat stockfish ?? I just learnt about it

  16. I’m having trouble defending this any ideas

  17. I've mostly used this against beginners, as it enables easy exploitation of common beginner mistakes.

  18. 1 youtube chess video and you can all just start calling grandmaster. Thank you

  19. Pawn d5 and queen to e2 check always throws me off this opening…
    I wish this video went over these moves

  20. Your Bishops opening looks like a variation on the Giacco Piano (Italian for Quiet opening). I will subscribe and see what I can learn from you.

  21. Any recommendations if black decides to play Sicilian?

  22. Wauw, this is all so logica but I would Nederland think of all that. Truly amazingly explainded

  23. I just want to say thank you! I love this opening at my level
    White "Chufty Jones"]
    [Black "SirLurch"]
    [WhiteRating "1499"]
    [BlackRating "1553"]
    [WhiteElo "1499"]
    [BlackElo "1553"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [GameId "15020887"]

    1. e4 e5 2. Bf1c4 Ng8f6 3. d4 Nf6xe4 4. dxe5 Ne4xf2 5. Qd1f3 Qd8e7 6. Qf3xf2 Qe7b4 7. Nb1d2 Qb4e7 8. Ng1f3 g6 9. O-O Bf8g7 10. Nf3g5 f5 11. exf6 1-0

  24. I play this accidentally when trying to play the London just to realize I pushed my king's pawn smh

  25. I really like these bishop openings I request you to give me the lines of these openings please so that I can be much more prepared for the next time

  26. Easy way to check in 4 moves for beginner players

  27. Simply a lovely chess opening Sir Igor! Thank you so much for sharing! 😊✌️

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