The BEST Chess Opening for Black Against 1.e4

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the best chess opening for Black against 1.e4. It is from the Portuguese variation of the Scandinavian Defense, which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4.

The variation that he shows is very aggressive and it’s even played by the world champion Magnus Carlsen in online chess.

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  1. Anytime I've ever played a youtube opening in a game the opponent never responds accordingly. This is a nice fairytale to be sure

  2. Why doesnt whitr just move the pawn to c4 to protect d5 at the start???

  3. 0:09 what if they dont take ?

    nice vid but need more counter responses 🙂

    thank you I'm beginner

  4. that first opening, i find 90% of players move the bishop first and then your in the shit.

  5. MOST COMMON RESPONSE is (white) knight out to protect pawn…in my experience. What then?

  6. Learned your opening. Then try it but absolutely NOBODY played the white pieces like you say in your video, so I really coudnt use it and loose some games. That d4 second pawn in line with the other… come on, WHO THE FUCK DOES THAT???

  7. on my rating 900 no1 plays main line everybody tries to protect d5 pawn. what to do then

  8. The most common white move is knight c3 instead of queen pawn push and it’s not covered.. yeah if white pushes queen pawn you get initiative but they will play c3 and protect the pawn. Even at 600 or 1200

  9. İ love ur videos but this one … its not realistic … lookl like playing against a little boy

  10. Ive tried everything agianst e4,and this is the best.Hate the caro,fench,sharp sicilians and so on.This and the alekhine are great….

  11. Do good players only move pawns in the opening like that??

  12. At 3:31 why would he exchange queens, when he can use his bishop instead?

  13. Nd3! If a) …Kd2, Nxd2 ( forking King-Queen) If b) …Kf1, Nf2 forking Rook-Queen. All this due to the Pin on the e file

  14. Let the bishop take or threat with pawn
    If knight is taken then queen on fiancheto diagonal hitting white 🥲

  15. They rarely play the pawn to d4 on third move, so makes this plan a futile exercise to learn.

  16. I tried this, e4,d5 eXd5,Nf6 then white played Bb5+, I got confused

  17. If following a map isn't cheating than honing my opening skills with this video isn't cheating hehe. Loving this.

  18. Any time i play this white just plays Nc3 and its a boring game

  19. He explains it well…in execution i was executed🤦

  20. I've never seen anyone stack the pawns on the 2nd move, not once

  21. Enemies at my rating (yes it is low, 1200) never, just never plays pawn to d4 at his third move, instead they develop a knight etc.

  22. what do you do, if white doesnt take your bait in mid at the beginning and instead of getting your pawn on d5 just continues to develop and plays g1 to f3?

  23. on 4:17 minute mark he said whites king is check mated but not yet i saw some sacrifices you can make the king escape
    with whites queen jumping to e4 then it would block the rooks attack then if the rook attacks the whites queen then the the pawn protecting the queen can eat the rook which will give the white a chance to save the game tho it requires risky sacrifces but what if this time its the horse that attacks the queen then the whites horse can jump and kill blacks horse then the blacks queen cant attack the horse because of the pawn guarding it and giving the whites king to flee to safety and potentially turn the tables over and thats all for my review in your checkmate thing in 4:!7 mark of your video

  24. This guy is crazy(in a good way), thank you i will be using this

  25. According to the database 7. exf7 is hardly the common move. Common is Be3. I'm adraid Igor Smirnov was lead by wishful thinking.

  26. I love your chanal. I think the you should post more vidio like that because all your videos on the white position. Ones again you are king and i love your chanal

  27. Nd3+, regardless of where the king moves, the next move Nf2 (defended by the bishop on c5) would fork the rook and queen. Leaving black with a winning position.

  28. Wut were to happen if white played C3 defending the pawn?

  29. What is the technical name for this opening? Really amazing. Wish I would have know this procedure a long time ago. It's so deceptive.

  30. I played countless games and no one played pawn to D4, they play knight to c3

  31. I have never seen people play d4 after develop blacks knight

  32. In real world nobody play d4 after e4 , makes no sense

  33. what if my opponent plays pawn to e3?

  34. Did s.o. already opt for Nd3+ Kf1 Nf2, winning the rook?

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