Winning with the Best Beginner Chess Opening

In this video, I play a chess game in the Ponziani Opening and achieve one of the most venomous traps.
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  1. I actually watched you play this game on lichess, I wasn't watching the stream, just the board on lichess. Very impressive game. A nice little break from the bullet games I was playing.

  2. lmao ive just watched the gotham ponziani vid only a few hours ago

  3. Thank you! You uploaded on youtube the record of twitch where you were watching your youtube video! Just looking forward for twitch online where you play this video and continue recursion

  4. It's always good when we get more Rosen clips. Hope he goes after GM one day. You-know-what Eric, you and levy should splice in more clips of the other, the contrast between cool and excitable entertains and promotes you both, you know.

  5. I want only more ponziani and Stafford videos. I’m addicted 😅

  6. I love comments that are like "yeah, you may have mated, but you missed a free piece two moves earlier".

  7. OK so that queen move was to sell more T-shirts… I get it…. so tempted to buy one…. even more so now.

  8. IM Rosen: Finishes development, next is mate in 3 or 4. Only disappointment was he didn't get to say "…but not for me."

  9. lol completing the development and checkmating in the very next move

  10. I play this opening a lot with white thanks to you Eric! Very tricky!

  11. Came for the trap, stayed for the ‘ooooohh!’

  12. I was just watching your ponziani opening video from last year and you uploaded another today! made my day 🙂

  13. During the video he had Bishop take E eight taking the rook and the rook had nothing defending it

  14. Please don't put jump-scares in your videos. Thank you <3


  16. I've been using this Ponziani since beginning of 2022 and people laughed at such dubious opening. So stoked to see this opening becoming a trend. I have collected all the games that I've won against 2000+ rated players in Lichess using this opening. This opening is definitely way to go.

  17. ambulance 🚑 (!)
    but not for me ….. !!

    ["Squares Around The King" are LOCKED…]

  18. I dialled 91… but then Eric said not to call the ambulance so I hung up.

  19. That was a rather low standard game for being you I believe. 🙂

  20. I got to play against Eric on this stream! Thanks again Eric i can die happy now. Even though our game was an “all you can eat buffet” 😂😂

  21. "Oh no my Queen..Oops .. Someone call the ambulance (but not for me)"- Eric Rosen (2023)

  22. Eric is trying to seduce me with that voice

  23. Levy is so dramatic. The contrast… is even worse cutting from Eric and back.

  24. Caught many in that trap. Thanks Eric <3

  25. Please do a video on the Jerome gambit lines. TY

  26. I wonder how much time Eric spends watching YouTube

  27. 3:22 over acting bro every audience know what is the meaning of your "oh no"

  28. A reminder of my free course which has recieved a lot of eyes recently because of you two 😛

    "Devious Ponziani"

  29. I was laughing immediately after Qc4 even before he went "Oh noooo" 😂😂😂

  30. Levy sneezes like a labrador retriever, adorable

  31. Is there checkmate if bishop takes queen? On minute 3:29

  32. I never understood why the horse, move there. Black pawn d5 is a big fyou on these opening

  33. "Bishop was slightly poisonous, cus rook e1"
    Eric Rosen

  34. He almost got what is known as a pure checkmate! It's when only one piece is checking the king and every square around the king is inaccessible for one and one reason only. Sadly, the d4 square was controlled both by the c3 pawn and the d1 rook.

  35. Recently I was unable to watch Eric’s streams due to a combination of school, life, and timezones. I miss the instructive chess so much! Also, what happened to Eric’s lichess rating? 😅

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