Winning Chess Opening TRAPS in the Bishop’s Opening

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov talks about one of his most favourite chess openings for White, which is the Bishop’s Opening happening after 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4.

This opening comes with a lot of attacking ideas and deadly traps for White. Very often, Black’s most natural-looking moves and the most played moves lose the game for them very badly.

In this video, you will learn some really cool traps and winning ideas for White after Black responds with 2…Nf6.

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00:00 Bishop’s Opening for White
00:37 Line-1: 3…Bc5 most played move
02:55 Trapping the Black Queen
03:37 Line-2: 3…Nxe4 Aggressive Gambit Style
05:11 If Black plays d6 to defend e5
05:59 If Black plays f6 to defend e5
07:28 If Black declines exf4
08:52 Can you find the winning combination?

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92 Comments

  1. I tried a million times. none of my opponents are this retarded. annoying.

  2. Iโ€™m a fairly new player, but when I watch the part about trapping the black queen, how is the queen trapped? Wouldnโ€™t black just play knight Nf6 again? Then white exf6, then gxf6. Now you have a black pawn attacking the bishop and the queen is perfectly safe until there can be another attacker against the f6 square? Is there some combination I am missing?

  3. I love this Opening!!! i Played it always on OTB ! and i have always a good position ๐Ÿ˜€
    Ty soo much for the lots of videos

  4. Well…i Play Chess since 4 Weeks in the Age of 40 …but i would think Nd6…Threatening King and Queen…so Black has to Go for D6 with Pawn or Bishop..then Bg6….IT doesnt Matter what Black moves..His Queen is lost

  5. Nd5 cxd5 then Bg6 Pinning the queen to the king

  6. You start off with 1.e4 e5, 2.Bc4 Nf6, 3.Nf3 Bc5, 4.Nxe5 – black could now plays 4…Nc6, if white responds with 5.Nxc6, he's basically playing into a Stafford Gambit. If white plays either 5.Bxf7+ or 5.Nxf7, he's basically playing into a Traxler Counterattack. Basically, the game has become a variation of the Busch-Gass Gambit.

    Maybe I missed it, but it seems you never address 3…Nc6 which transposes from a Bishop's Opening to a Two Knights Defense.

  7. your playlist of videos, on Bishop's Opening, is great. for this playlist, can you make an index video, showing how the videos of the playlist relate to each other? thanks!

  8. 9:04 kd6+, if knight get's taken by pawn or bishop, bg6 pins and traps queen

    If king moves knight takes queen anyway

  9. ืฉื™ ื™ืฉืจืืœ ื›ื”ืŸ ืžืฆืœื™ื— says:

    Nd6
    Bg6
    And u win the queen

  10. In the beginning, why canโ€™t he mimic? Yes, you fork, the rook and the queen, but canโ€™t he do the same?

  11. at 5:23, what if black plays bishop e6 ? doesn't he succesfully defend ?

  12. Igor I know you smart and I studied a lot of your lines or advise in the beginning.. but like with this video .. no one will ever play d4 like that.. please post more content with lines that are a little more realistic.. much respect donโ€™t mean to offend

  13. I always try these traps you mention but they donโ€™t seem to work when the other player has no idea what to do and keeps making random moves that end up ruining it.

  14. Very beutifull, but.. Some black defensive moves are ignored. โ€ผ๏ธ

  15. Knight to d6 check, and then bishop to g6.

  16. (Nd6+, Bxd6, Bg6) pins and wins the queen.

    Note: If you are a beginner, watch out for the false refutation (Rg8!?) appearing to counter-pin the bishop to your queen. Check is your trump card here (Bxf7+) this forces the black to either step aside (to d8, e7, or f8, which loses immediately to (Qxg8) or play (Kxf7) which loses the tempo and allows (Qc4+) skewering the King to the rook.

    For more fun, (Kf8) is the only move which doesn't lose the rook immediately, but after (Bh6+) black is left deciding if he's going to give up the rook (and a LOT more) anyway with (Ke8 or Ke7) or try the better looking (Rg7)… which leads to a forced mate in 5 with: (Qg4) as the rook is pinned, double attacked, and black has NOTHING to defend it with. Their entire position is passive and crumbling. (h3) may attempt to distract you, but the threat is an illusion. (Qxg7+), (Ke8) forced, (Qg8+), (Ke7) forced, (Bf8+), (Kd8) forced, (Bxd6#) checkmate.

    Never forget the power of check.

  17. 3:09 black can move qe7 and the white lady looks very loney. bg6 would only worsen the loss in material. This is a fast win or die attack with litte chance of success. Even if white castles first, I don't like it.

  18. In my experience, these videos always show the opponent making moves that never really happen. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  19. I love your videos but I donโ€™t think any of the higher rated players would fall for that kind of tricks

  20. Someone crushed me with this bring out his queen after I forked his queen and rook.

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