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. I like how people who read others comments and then steal there comment and try to make it there own.
    Yeah my dad or grandpa taught me and I beat him. He was so proud. How many of yall gonna steal that comment

  2. Hey Igor I follow regularly your videos and it helps a lot on my chess games thank you…
    But I loss to stock fish when his second move was bishop to e2…

  3. what's next if white captures the pawn on e7 and checks king??

  4. At 7:10 I'd go 11. …Nd3+ 12. Kf1 Nf2 (forking the queen and the rook)

  5. What happens if they don’t take pawn instead push

  6. I've gone on a 3 month journey playing this opening with black as often as possible. The big thing is the C4 pawn, if that's not played the game is very different, but still a very potent opening and helps develop black pieces quickly

  7. What is the plan if white plays c4 instead of d4?

  8. After playing black dozens of times. Not one player has moved their pawn to d4 after knight to c3

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this great opening, Smirnov. I played a 10-minute tournament yesterday and I defeated my opponent who is rated as 2100!! My ELO is 1570. Amazing expeience!! Thank you.

  10. So Imma beginner so I'm wondering why the second move to white a pone behind his first one ?

  11. Happy Fathers Day bro! Thanks for all your hard work.

  12. This tactic would be great but my opponents play like retards lol

  13. tried this and the opponent just pushed his pawn to e5

  14. I'm glad that Igor plays mincraft. I wonder if he has some amazing redstone contraption traps to show us. 😉

  15. @ 1:00 they have the option to check with Bishop to b5, what would be your advice in this situation?

  16. Queen to E5 huge problems for this strategy. I wonder why this is never addressed in this video. Why in the world play bishop or pawn defense when Queen puts huge pressure immediately 🤔

  17. I'm sure that this is great at some level, but I've been trying the Scandinavian for about three days and haven't found anyone who plays 3. d4.

  18. What do you do if when you push your bishop to G4 and he puts his pawn to F3 then you retreat your bishop to F5 and he pushes his other pawn to G4?

  19. You daughter is your twin.. so cute.. And thanx for the video..!

  20. I just played this against a 1205 rated player (I'm 1017 rated). And it seems they knew it was coming, but I was able to work around their plays. I mated them in 12 moves. Generally speaking, the positional superiority of this setup is just stellar.

  21. What happens if white plays 4. Nf3 instead of c3 after Bg4? My opponent played this yesterday and I suffered a lot…

  22. It doesn't really work, because if the white bishop move to check you get to nowhere

  23. Am I the only one wondering why white wouldn’t play Kc3 to protect the pawn In the beginning? And then Bb5 later to check?

  24. What if white doesn't take and just moves pawn forward

  25. In the very first checkmating line at specifically 4:40, you stop it there saying “white is checkmated soon!” But can you explain that? Can white not just block your rook check with E4 and get out of checkmate?

  26. very unique opening, super strong and catches my opponents off guard

  27. 5:34 The White king has still one move left (Kf3)

    Overall, it is one of the best lessons I have received yet!!💚💙💛❤️

  28. My maths teacher beat me within 8 moves when. I have been cramming chess since then

  29. I swear these lines never turn out the way they should. These tricky opening only work for ranked players not for a novice

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

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

  32. 0:09 what if they dont take ?

    nice vid but need more counter responses 🙂

    thank you I'm beginner

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

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