Top 4 Chess Opening MISTAKES After 1.e4

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the 4 most common chess opening mistakes that millions of chess players keep making without even realizing that they are doing it wrong.

First of all, let’s make sure that you are not making these mistakes after 1.e4 as White, and secondly, you will learn how to punish your opponents when they make these opening errors.

These mistakes are extremely common in below 1600 rating level, but even higher rated chess players often make these mistakes and fall for these traps. These mistakes happen after the most common opening moves (in the Italian Game): 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6.

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00:00 4 Most Common Chess Opening Mistakes
00:25 Mistake in the Italian Game opening
01:46 Mistake-1: 4.Nc3, Four Knights Game
03:37 Mistake-2 in Two Knights Defense
04:25 3 out of these 4 moves are wrong
05:11 Mistake-2: 6.h3 preventing Bg4
08:38 If White tries to prevent g4
10:46 Mistake-3: 6.Nc3
14:34 What is the correct move for White?
15:17 Mistake-4: 6.Bg5

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105 Comments

  1. Meanwhile when ever you play these black lines… Whites bishop always takes the Kings Knight instead of stepping back and ruins your game plan.

  2. At 2:10, what‘s wrong with Bxf7+ and then followed by Nxe4, am i missing something?

  3. 2:11 if this is a mistake, why stockfish advises that Nxe4 is the best move for white?

  4. Black launches a kingside attack with h6!

  5. At 4:14 why dont you just take e5 with the knight and turn that trap around on him. Ne5… Nxe5. d4 ???

  6. I have watched a couple of your videos and they are so awesome!! 👍😎

  7. hi.

    At time 2:09 instead of this white movement(C*e4), at first white moves F*C2+ & then C*e4 & black can not take small castle.

    At time 11:11 it's not the turn of black!! so FC8-G4 is wrong!!(look at the symetrical position of black pieces against white). it turns of white.

    but inspite of these mistakes, your training is excelent & i use & enjoy it. thanks.

  8. Question: Instead of having things get worse for white after white has used the bishop to pin the queen, would trading a knight for two pawns be such a bad thing? I am a novice, wouldn't even be able to guess my rating, but I've found that the people I play never seem to consider that I would trade a knight for two pawns. This is especially tempting to me when those two pawns are center pawns (in the example above they are not center pawns). Your thoughts?

  9. Fantastic lesson. An eye opener. Thanks!

  10. "pretty much everyone goes for Nf3"
    me who plays the Vienna with Nc3 🗿

  11. i dol can u recomend me a book for chess to improve my ability in chess?thnk u so mch.

  12. You analised position that could only occured if black was first to move, Count the numbers of moves for black and white for position at the start of analysis. You said that white had extra tempo, but it is obvious in simetric game that black had extra tempo

  13. ► Chapters

    00:00 4 Most Common Chess Opening Mistakes

    00:25 Mistake in the Italian Game opening

    01:46 Mistake-1: 4.Nc3, Four Knights Game

    03:37 Mistake-2 in Two Knights Defense

    04:25 3 out of these 4 moves are wrong

    05:11 Mistake-2: 6.h3 preventing Bg4

    08:38 If White tries to prevent g4

    10:46 Mistake-3: 6.Nc3

    14:34 What is the correct move for White?

    15:17 Mistake-4: 6.Bg5

  14. In your first error with the pawn double attack in that position before the knight takes the sacrificed knight the bishop smartly goes down and calls check then you take the knight on c4 would like to see you look at that as that is what I do when they play that move and I dominate. Btw I've watched your videos since 2015 and are easily my favorite.

  15. I just keep it simple. I usually play online chess. My opening for white is e4 or d4 or the english opening c4. It's okay for players like me below 1500 to make a lot of mistakes and blunders. But what would you say of players like Alireza who gave a very bad performance in the recent candidates 2022 tournament. Even too players like Caruana played miserably in the second half of the tournament. Is it pressure or mental exhaustion after playing many other tournaments apart from the candidates? How could they possibly afford to make mistakes or blunders in such a high level match ?

  16. Beautiful logical step-by-step decision tree demos, as always.

  17. Sir . How can I beat 1700 rating players. ??

  18. note that most of these moves are objectively equal in the eyes of the engine, however, human players really tend to blunder later on

  19. Igor you lost me…I guess I just keep losing

  20. Flipping back and forth between black and white perspectives. Awesome.

  21. Very enlightening. I'd like to see these mistakes from the white perspective as well!

  22. Now I can stop playing fried liver with white when I get Nc6… I know what to do to avoid the kingside attack.

  23. Thank you for your free tutorials. They have helped me improve my playing in very short space. I wish I can subscribe to the main academy but as a nigerian; things are a bit difficult at the moment. Maybe in the future. However; I do have a question or an observation about these errors you just analyzed and the solution you proffered for White. moving the Knight to d2; Doesn't that prevent the development of the black spot Bishop. I remember in one of your previous videos, you had advocated developing your officers early on into the game and i have used that ever since and it had helped. So I am asking now; isn't better first to push that particular Bishop out before developing the knight. Are there draw backs to this? Thank you so very much once again for your teachings

  24. IMHO the 4 major mistakes after 1. e4 would be e5, c5, e6 and c6 lol. Why you ask? Because now you have to know about 10 K lines 40 moves deep of Grandmaster and top Engine theory, involving a jillion gambit and non-gambit lines.

  25. wow…every video has such great information… And then I go and get confused and lose

    Thank you

  26. Is the cat in the background still alive?

  27. Love to watch your play while commenting on your "seemingly natural moves".😇

  28. Interesting play. I've done it several times but never looked at the position that way. I wonder what a 100 depth would yield on this…

  29. Can anyone tell me what to do if my opponent decides to go g4 after h3? Im talking about this part *12:12

  30. in ex no.2 it is not posible after black play the move g5 white simply play pawn to g4 ? it looks that move stops the attack.

  31. You are a great teacher. Thank you. Sweet 🐈 Stays close to daddy.

  32. Welp. Glad I stopped playing that opening. Pretty sure no one is gonna come and make video on how to beat my london system preparation.

  33. 1:51 At this point what if white plays knight to g5 instead of the other knight to c3 threatening to fork your queen and rook? How do you respond? There is no good way to prevent that.

  34. I like this episode, WAY better than opening tricks imo.

  35. Playing white d4 then how to counter black opening with e5?

  36. Lol well I definitely get caught by this. I will have to watch this a few more times.

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