Solid & Powerful Chess Opening For Black Against 1.e4 [Tricks & Traps]

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🔹 Powerful Chess Opening for Black Against 1.e4 [TRAPS Included] –

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov presents to you one of the best chess openings for Black against 1.e4. The French Defense, which happens after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5, is a solid and powerful chess opening for Black.

You will learn the key advantages of the French Defense, the logical reason behind every move of Black, key ideas in the opening, and attacking plans in the middlegame. You can play this opening against beginners and also advanced-level opponents.

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► Chapters

00:00 Best Chess Opening For Black Against 1.e4
00:19 Why the French Defense is powerful
02:09 1) Advance Variation: 3.e5
04:00 Common mistake by White
06:19 If White plays Bd3 to prevent Nf5
10:49 If White plays Bb5, pinning Nc6
13:36 White loses castling rights or the bishop
17:26 Mainline played by experienced opponents
20:02 2) Exchange Variation: 3.exd5
22:02 3) Rubinstein Variation: 3.Nc3 dxe4

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139 Comments

  1. Just lately i added the sicilian kan and only the seasoned ones give me headache!

  2. I appreciate the time he takes to teach and explain. However I think that introducing the engine/database/bots aka the computer to the game is a mistake because it’s like an answer sheet for a test. Allowing players to use the engine to help them when they’re playing an opponent. Bobby Fisher learned chess by studying there was no engine used in his games

  3. why are you note using the Black Bishop to defend D4

  4. I only know the French 😂 I was hoping for something else. I'm terrible at this game.

  5. Thanks for rekindling my interest in the French. Years and years ago I had read a chess book that dissed the French saying it leads to a very cramped game for black.

    Looks like they were wrong!

  6. now I never loze to my dad thanks so much

  7. Oh gosh you are so Awesome! I had played chess for 35 years and I only consider myself a novice because I do not have anyone to play with so I play against the computer. I learned so much from you Thank You so much.

  8. I have played e5 black and practised almost all variations..works against Vienna, king's gambit, Center game, scotch, Italian, ruy, larsen attack etc

  9. thank you so much for this video, I keep getting clobbered using French Defense as black.

  10. reallly awesome strategies for crazy e4 openings and also the knowledge behind every moves makes sense why black has attacking advantages

  11. Great! Now lemme watch this 20 more times to memorize the first few moves

  12. Bishop can still check the king after pawn D5

  13. ► Chapters

    00:00 Best Chess Opening For Black Against 1.e4

    00:19 Why the French Defense is powerful

    02:09 1) Advance Variation: 3.e5

    04:00 Common mistake by White

    06:19 If White plays Bd3 to prevent Nf5

    10:49 If White plays Bb5, pinning Nc6

    13:36 White loses castling rights or the bishop

    17:26 Mainline played by experienced opponents

    20:02 2) Exchange Variation: 3.exd5

    22:02 3) Rubinstein Variation: 3.Nc3 dxe4

  14. Eagerly waiting for argun vs mittens the cat fight of chess😾

  15. Thank you for all the stupid kids you talk into playing a positional opening that they 100% fuck up below 2000 once their opponent does not play one of the worst assumed moves you're showing and not understanding the motives of their own position, and playing the french myself in ~300 online games of the advanced I've never faced 5.f4 and just showing old theoretical lines of Millner Barry gambit, selling it as lowkey easy win for black is just bs. Why not teach better solid opening theory for your audience? Just do it like that Gotham clown and add a clickbaity preview picture for the clicks but teach anything that shows the competence of a GM.

  16. Thank you really helpful ❤️ can't stop watching ur videos 🥰

  17. It s my favourite opening for black – similar to Caro, but more safe fot not so good player :d
    I like the trap on white e5 pawn when white bishop tries to pin knight on c6…

  18. I thought you cannot castle once you've been put in check, am I missing something? Is there an exception if you don't move the king and instead block the check? 21:11

  19. Why black didn't land on a5 as first move. As white pawn on c3 would be pinned.

  20. Thanks, I prefer playing Italian Game Trexter in Bullet and Blitz and Caro-Kann in rapid and classic

  21. Tried it out twice, very effective, opponents seem to get a bit stuck (1050 rating, 10 mins). Thanks Igor.

  22. I can't bring myself to play the French Defense. It's just so boring, maneuvering around and threatening the d pawn. Not my style, but you provided very extensive analysis.

  23. Anyone else only play e5 as black but is trying to branch out?

  24. I am so mad when I face French defence because, I love attacking but I can't do it in this opening because it is so solid

  25. What an extraordinary coincidence!!!😀

    I was really pondering yesterday about what opening should I play against 1.e4?
    And then came a notification answering my question😃
    Thank you so much GM Smirnov🙏😊

  26. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this content. You went so far out of your way to explain this to me in such incredible detail in a language foreign to you. Cheers!

  27. Super ❤️ Please share the video how should white play when black play french defence for both exchange and advance variations

  28. Thanks a lot for showing this soo Great way för black! I have nerver like the French opening but now I have changed my opinion! 😊♟

  29. Really like your stuff. You're a great YouTuber, you're gonna be one of the big ones. Good luck! (and have fun 😄)

  30. I like your videos and it help me when I better play chess

  31. Beginner chess player here, at 20:45 why would you play bishop to g4 when white can just go pawn to h3?

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