The Simple Solution to the Chigorin Defense | Chess Opening Blueprint

Jonathan Schrantz reveals a simple (and slightly offbeat!) way of handling the Chigoran Defense in the Queen’s Gambit Declined.

Black’s intention with this opening is to take White out of book as soon as possible but learn how to turn the table on your opponent and gain the upper hand with the simple 6. a3 in the exchange variation. Many experienced Chigorin players will not be ready for this surprise weapon!

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  1. Tysm for teaching in a short time that's big help for my theory about how to anticipate my opponent opening.

  2. always loved ur intro part ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. But where is the French defense blueprint part 3 tho ? ๐Ÿ™„

  4. Liking this type of educational content.

  5. Mr Schrantz, i am Latvian Gambit and i'm very sad that you don't do analysis of me
    Please consider
    Sincerely yours
    Latvian Gambit

  6. Thanks Master! Can you please show how italian game face off can go for white in a video n black in another?

  7. Are there books on openings and lines associated? Not looking for opening principles/theory

  8. Can you make a vid about the King's gambit? I love that opening.

  9. Am I the only one who likes the resulting position for black more? Black just seems more active and has more space and the pawn on c4 looks like it could become a target in an endgame and I do love that c5 knigt blocking c4 lol.

  10. Could you make a video about how to beat Colle system?

  11. 3:45 one of my opponents played exd4 how must i continue

  12. Please do nakhmanson and antidote for urusov

  13. Morozevich and Smyslov have some great games from the Black side of this.

  14. Your assuming I'm going to move knight F6 but you are forgetting my goal with knight C6 is not the D5 square. It's the C4 pawn. The whole point of the knight on C6 is continuous pressure on the C4 pawn with an eventual pawn advance to D4. If I choose not to capture C4 instead

  15. Don't get me wrong you have an excellent tactical mind but I don't think you see the true goal of the Chigorin Defense.

  16. I will concede the greatest weakness here is for Black. One of the biggest problems with the Chigorin Defense is the number of options that can become available for white.

    If you're playing black be on your toes if you're planning on using the Chigorin Defense. I would prefer instead the Slav Defense

  17. I apologize. I'm not the expert here. I simply saw what I thought was a flaw. But I don't have your experience. After several other videos I see the logic of your argument

  18. All nice, but at 4:11 what if black plays exd4? This is better than Nf6 because it does not allow a pawn storm for white!

  19. Thank you for making a great public service video for us who are trying to steer away from having been indoctrinated into 1.e4 from a very early age. I recall a book I read in the late 80's when I was about 14 or so, and it classified Chigorin somewhere along the lines with Marshall defense (1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6) as being inferior defenses. I'd played chess on and off since, but am trying to be much more studious this time around, and am running into this defense a lot while playing blitz against ultra-aggressive attacking players. They sure love their Chigorin and their Bg4's and Bb4's and all those aggressive, zippy moves, so I love your setup here as a little surprise for them :). I did want to ask your opinion about 1. d4 d5. 2. c4 Nc6. 3 cxd5 exd5 and then 4. Nf3 instead of the 4. e3, with the idea of immediately playing 5. Nc3, and chasing the Queen off. Assuming Black has played 4…e5 or 4..e6, I'd expect 5…Bb4, but then 6. Bd2 , and I don't think Black has any real advantage in this line. Alternatively, with the Nf3, I think White might be able to do a quick pawn push to e4 to chase off the Queen and then another pawn push to d5. Would this work? Am I missing anything here?

  20. I have been terrified of the chigorin

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