This powerful and solid chess opening for Black will shock your opponents. It’s called the Owen’s Defense with the starting moves 1.e4 b6.
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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will share with you a powerful chess opening for Black, called the Owen’s Defense, where Black responds with 1..b6. It is also known as the Queen’s Fianchetto Defence or Greek Defence. This hyper-modern chess opening is greatly underestimated and relatively unknown.
Therefore, you can play this opening to surprise your opponents right from the start of your game, dragging them into unknown territory and forcing them out of their opening repertoire so that they have to think for themselves! Being full of tricks and active possibilities for Black, it is one of the best chess openings to keep up your sleeve, especially when playing against amateur players or in blitz games.
From this video, you will learn the key idea of attacking the White’s e4-pawn in the center with your b7-bishop. GM Igor Smirnov also teaches how to play actively when White tries to protect the pawn with their queen, or pushes their pawn, or pins your knight with Bg5 instead.
00:00 Playing 1…b6 as Black
00:20 1.e4 b6: Owen’s Defense
02:02 Line-1: 6.Qe2 to protect e4
03:00 If White plays 7.e5
04:01 White bishop trapped out of nowhere
07:22 If White plays 7.exd5
09:08 Line-2: If White plays 6.e5
12:30 Line-3: 6.Bg5 pinning the knight
15:31 Conclusion: Target White’s weak pawns
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