SHOCK your opponents with 1…b6 | Chess Openings for Black | Owen’s Defense

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.

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β–Ί Chapters

00:00 Playing 1…b6 as Black
00:20 1.e4 b6:Β 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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71 Comments

  1. β–Ί Chapters

    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

  2. I love 1..b6! Thanks!! πŸ™πŸ™πŸ‘πŸ‘

  3. 😎😎😎😎πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ yessssssss

  4. I used to play like this before watching your video )

  5. Are you getting adequate compensation for all this quality instruction you're giving us?

  6. 6:11 The amazing disappearing cat!
    I hope that we reach 1K likes. This intensive research is very helpful.

  7. Want the continuation ,thank you so much didn't know much about certain lines in this opening πŸ˜‡πŸ™

  8. Of course we want the continuation!! Thanks a lot!

  9. Can you make a part 2 covering more variations

  10. Doyle Irish Stick & Bartitsu Laboratory says:

    More Owens please πŸ™‚

  11. Indeed, its continuation is truly appreciated…! Thanks in advance…!! Keep up the good work…!!!

  12. Coach can you pls make a video lesson against saimich attack or 150 attack

  13. I really liked this opening. Can you play b6 also if white first move is d4?

  14. I play 3. Bd3 as White generally doing well. I've even had the Greco study from the 1640 in a rapid game. 3 Bd3, f5? 4 exf5, Bxg2 and you sac your Queen to checkmate with a lone Bishop on g6. Would like to see how black combats Bd3.

  15. sir what if after white plays nc3 and black plays pawn e6 and what if white plays
    A3 to stop our bishop from coming to b4

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