The Unbeatable Bishop’s Opening (simple and powerful)

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you an interesting chess opening, the Bishop’s Opening, which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4. It is not a very popular opening line (compared to 2.Nf3 or 2.Nc3), nevertheless, it’s perfectly sound as you’re developing a piece and taking aim at the Black’s f7-pawn.

Additionally, by playing the Bishop’s Opening, you are dragging your opponent out of his/her opening preparation. Therefore, you can use this opening weapon to surprise your opponents. Most importantly, there are a lot of interesting aggressive and attacking lines that you can follow up with!

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00:00 Bishop’s Opening 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4
01:05 Line-1: Black’s symmetrical 2…Bc5
03:04 Do NOT rush the exchange Nxd4
04:57 Play aggressively as White
07:36 Best way to improve at chess
08:34 Line-2: Black plays 2…Nc6
10:51 Be careful of 5.f4 if 4…Bc5
13:55 Line-3: Black plays 2…Nf6
14:11 Urusov Gambit 3.d4
16:06 Mainline: Black plays 3…exd4
17:58 Final line: If Black plays Nf6 correctly
19:39 Cool tactical combination
20:55 Conclusion: Solid & aggressive opening

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75 Comments

  1. Amazing video, thanks! Where is that file to download?

  2. Played this, got destroyed.
    You explain two three moves in continuation and then nothing. Either you do a proper explanation or leave it

  3. god i hate these videos. dude opens with bishop c4 and then totally brushes over the move most people would do after that.. pawn to d5.

  4. "of course black doesn't have to play that badly" – the move I thought put white in a losing position 😂

  5. I like the way you teach us how to play chess. Very simple and easy to understand… Thanks brother

  6. Hey thanks I play really well I stopped playing this years ago because I wanted to learn other opens this reminded me of the true power of the c4 bishop

  7. Thanks so much. It's really interesting and fun at the same time. I learned a lot, I have replayed this video so many times hahaha
    God bless. I'm Subscriber and fan from the Philippines.

  8. GM Smirnov I would like to teach my third and fifth grade students in Thailand chess, do you offer any classes for 2nd language English learner kids?

  9. so, what do you do if black knight moves to H6 after you move white bishop to C4?

  10. I've just lost your unbeatable Bishop's Opening! Because king din't take the Bishop.

  11. You said all that like they'll leave the queen inactive

  12. A lot of interesting points I guess it took you awhile to learn all these helpful pointers it’s definitely an advantage to have this kind of knowledge than try to rely on own instincts Thanks

  13. Gotham surely has things to learn from you as a chess teacher. Clear and to the point. Keep it up.

  14. In the final variation (2……Nf6) after 7. Qd3, it seems black can embarrass the white queen with Nb4 which also threatens a big fork on c2. What is the best continuation for white?

  15. What is the best move in the first line if king simply moves to F8 after bishop takes F7?
    Thank you for your videos. I have learned to much from your thorough and clear explanations!!

  16. I buy Aggressive Openings, and really can't say that it is any good.

  17. Excellent content. Thanks for sharing 🎉

  18. min 2:11 , if black instead of pawn D6, plays queen F6 defending the paws?

  19. What happens if pawn goes to h6 after you pressure the knight with bishop g5?

  20. You not mentioning Nakhamson makes me sad.( Anyway, thanks for the vid!

  21. Why you never discuss black opening move of pawn to e5, then
    queen to f6 in response to 1e4 opening.

  22. What if Black plays 7. …Bb4 (instead of Bc5)? Isn't this a better move since it pins the knight? And what's the best response for White?

  23. I just watched a video of yours that claims to defeat the bishops opening. (Italian game)

  24. 1:32 B-mirror C4; pawn captures… and if Kf3 (black plays that bad)
    2:58 B-mirror C4; bishop captures, Kf3 & castle… and if Kf6, Kxd4… 3:36 if recaptures with pawn… 4:59 if recaptures with knight
    8:50 Kc6, Kc3 and if black plays Kf6
    11:24 Kc6, Kc3 and if black plays Kf6 then Bc5
    14:01 Kf6, d4 and if Kxe4… 15:19 and if black Kc6, 15:45 and if black d6
    16:14 Kf6, d4 and if Pxd4… 16:35 but what if black Kxb4? 16:40 then black Kd6… 18:19 then black Kf6… 19:17 say black d6 or 19:43 say black h6

    That's my best attempt to time-stamp all the variations. Im sure if you broke it down it would be much clearer.

  25. Playing through some other possible response, and something I noticed about your opening vids. They all assume your opponent is passive in reply. Of course, the passive opposition plays make for the cool tricks. I'll watch the other vids, but so far that's what Ive seen. [edit: okay…. spent 2 days learning this opening, played about 2 dozen games so far and here's my feedback: this opening demonstrates some very cool theory, but practically, is very niche as none of my black opponents, outside of their opening moves, dont play the lines that make the B-opening work. In short, very useful to learn some of the lines to be applied in a game, but as an opening, no obvious force moves. I can see this working against an inexperienced player who likes to set up pieces, which is rare.]

  26. Tries to practice against computer level 8… makes none of the predicted moves. cool cool

  27. this guy's word phase's were not good …What were you trying to speak other than the chest moves.?

  28. I love your videos but i am increasingly disappointed that not once has someone I played, played into one of the traps. Usually by move 4, they do something that makes continuing the trap impossible. 🙁

  29. King gambit declined and bishops opening …nc6 have similarities

  30. I’m sure glad i get to look at a smaller board so i can see your picture. And here i thought chess players were smart.

  31. What should be done if instead of retreating the knight at 18:24, if they choose to defend the knight by pushing d5.

  32. Kitna bhi opening dekho laxman
    Kheloge vahi jo aata hai…lol 💀

  33. i think you forgot the rosseau gambit (i think it's the name) for blacks on 3rd move with pawn f5

  34. The funny thing about playing openings with trappy lines is that your opponent always play something totally unexpected in the opening. Let's say in this opening black starts with Pc5 Sicilian.

  35. Is it always fine to play with the computer to improve your chess?

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