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!

► Chapters

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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  1. Thank you! You are a great teacher, I have developed my understanding of chess from your videos, and thanks to you I´m not stuck anymore and chess is fun again 🙂 May God be with you and your fellow countrymen in Ukraine, and may God bless you and bestowe peace upon you. Our hearts are crying

  2. This my favorite move, Now I understand even further how it works this is very helpfull

  3. The black chess bot second move is usually queen H4 with a view to moving to E4

  4. What if Black goes Qh4 on their second move?

  5. Is there no prep for Black E5 then D6? This is by far what I see. 16 games so far 11 played E5 D6. Thanks to anyone with a good response.

  6. It's so easy to execute when that all gonna happen in a match

  7. After castling queenside, what stops black’s bishop from taking on f2?

  8. I'm watching and practicing everything in this video until I master all varioations shown here, amazing.

  9. Great guides, thanks for that 🙂 Not only this but all I have watched so far.
    Sometimes I do not understand why complicate things. For example at 15:22 you suggest sacrificing the bishop on f7, followed by Qd5, but why don't white just play immediately Qd5 or even Qf3. I can't see how black can save the knight and we do not need to sacrifice the bishop.

  10. 18:20 after black knight retreated to NF6 and I (white) developed NC3, black played QE7+ and I was behind in tempo ever since, although I did manage 0-0-0 and BG5 but lost. What was the best move there? Mine was NE2 to block the check but that didn't seem too good.

  11. Thx Igor for this great video

    Where can i get the pgn plz

  12. When i play e4, bishop c4, pawn f3, and pawn d3, i always get a bad evaluation by stockfish. Why?

  13. In one example you had ng5 exposing it to blacks queen with zero protection.

  14. i have a quick question, at 6:30 why can the knight not jump away to F5

  15. Hi Igor – love your work! brilliant!. Although in some lines in this video you're putting a pin on the blacks knight with your black squared bishop – and then you're saying that black will not just play H6? In all those lines black will simply drive yor bishop back with H6, then G5 – and taking the knight opens it up for their Queen. Ideas?

  16. Don't talk to. Much, direct to the point. Much much much talk weeeeeeeee weeee point directly.

  17. This is it, sometimes this is you gonna do, lol, direct point no any talk talk talk, we know about that, what we know street to the point, no more more talk talk

  18. My friend plays it against me and although i don’t blunder like that with black i do find it hard to respond.

  19. tried this the variation with the nxe4, they did the tactics right back to me. after dxe2, nxf2. If I take back they get my bishop and are at advantage

  20. What to do against simple pawn to c3 second black's move?

  21. How to deal with the d7 pawn attack just after I bring out the bishop . Really puts the whole plan to ruin.

  22. They keep playing pawn c5 rendering this whole opening useless

  23. I like the general theme here but there are too many variations that interfere with the analysis. I am seeing players 1600-1800 (blitz), spotting a potential drift into a King's gambit (signalled by the delayed Nf3) and so this is what I often see: 1. e4 e5, 2. Bc4 Nc6, 3. Nc3 d6 .. with a possible Na5 from black taking out the white bishop and ruining all the ideas!! d6 … isn't that the beginning of Fischer's famous article "The King's gambit is bust" ? lol

  24. Some of these lines bear a passing resemblance to lines from the Scotch gambit … which I find more straightforward to execute.

  25. I reached 1300 only by knowing the first 3 moves of this opening, and now I will master it completely with your help 😊

  26. What if his second move isn't the bishop!?!?!?!?

  27. Sometimes it’s harder to follow these little tutorials on the speed limit explanation than it is to just set up the table for a game lol

  28. Im not that good in chess but if this is unbeatable then there will be no chess anymore

  29. 04:49 : Qg4.
    If black move pawn to d5, what next move for white?

  30. 16:32 what would you suggest if black plays bishop C5 here? I've played multiple games and the oponent decides he wants to protect the pawn, I'm still not sure what is the best continuation..

  31. You never did a scenario if black plays d5 after e5.

  32. Thank you so much for these video.. i'm on my 2nd week of learning chess and i can see there are improvement because sometimes i won the game..

  33. Good ideas and I 100% agree on the Urusov Gambit – that's good. However there are 2 big flaws. The first is the very annoying black idea of Na5 to simply hunt down the Bc4. Unlike in the Ruy where White may have played c3 to create an escape square for this bishop here it will definitely be traded off and white's pawn structure is damaged in the process. Most beginners as white will go astray here, maybe you want to do a video to cover this subject. The second issue is your recommendation 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Bc5 3. d4 – that's just unsound. There's actually a much better option after 2…Bc5 – 3. Nf3!. Why? Because now white can steer towards the Max Lange which is much more sound than 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Bc5 3. d4. The thing to remember is that white cannot force the Max Lange if black plays the Berlin defense (Nf6 instead of Bc5), it requires black's cooperation to head into the Max Lange and 2….Bc5 is exactly that. Good job though on the enterprising ideas you present. Cheers from a rusty NM.

  34. I am so grateful for your style of teaching the best slow and very indepth

  35. Thank you for making this video and teaching the bishops opening my opponents were all shocked seeing my moves and started thinking in the first two moves

  36. Fantastic explanation. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Awesome video, just like all of them – my biggest problem is to remember everything 😂

  38. I used to play this at 500 elo to set up a Scholar's Mate. I didn't expect a grandmaster to be teaching it lol

  39. Igor. Good video! I tried the bishop's opening yesterday for the first time in a long game. (90m +30s) I got a good game. One thing bothered me a bit though. After 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Nc6, I realized that my beautiful lightsquare bishop is actually "locked out" on the outside/in front of my pawn chain. Consider the annoying Na5 from black. No way to save my bishop! Now, this didn't happens in my game, but it very well could have. Your thoughts? I really don't want my aggressive c4 bishop taken by blacks knight.

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