The Most Underrated Chess Opening Part-2

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you one of the most underrated chess openings for White. It is less played, not very popular, but it is a solid chess opening with great attacking ideas. Therefore, you can catch your opponents off guard and get a quick win!

It is the Bird’s Opening which happens after the White’s first move 1.f4. Most of the players don’t know what to do as Black against this opening.

With the solid setup that GM Igor Smirnov explains, you can get a great middlegame position with powerful attacking ideas. They are so aggressive that you can get a winning position in just 11 moves!

► Chapters

00:00 Most Underrated Chess Opening
00:36 Bird’s Opening 1.f4
02:51 White’s strong fianchettoed bishop
05:30 Winning position in 11 moves
07:47 Line-2 transposing to mainline
08:36 Line-3: Black plays Nc6 without c5
10:33 Important Queen maneuver
12:51 Can you find the mate in one?

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  1. And what if black plays g6 and early Bg7? White cannot play the same set-up, one option is 3.e4 c5, transposing into Grand Prix attack, but not sure if white is better.

  2. I first took this opening seriously after reading about the classic Lasker-Bauer game in 1899 with the double bishop sacrifice. In that one, though, Lasker did something weird – he developed his light square bishop on d3 in front of the d-pawn. It doesn't look like Lasker should have gotten away with the way he developed (I generally didn't when I tried replicating it).

    Nonetheless, I do like the opening and plan to look more closely at this variation you recommend. I have a general aversion to playing an early Bb5 because I like having the light square bishop around to aim at the enemy kingside, but this video makes me want to look further.

    What do you do if Black fianchettoes their dark square bishop though?

  3. Dear Igor. you mention about not playing this opening against eg Carlson. so how would he for example play against this opening so that it would not be a 'good' opening? Thanks so much. PS of course, i only watch for your cat. 🙂

  4. I thought at 12:17, black can somewhat hold the position by not playing Qxg3, but instead Bd6 counter attacking the queen and avoiding the knight check taking the bishop. Then e5 by white, and Nh5 by black attacking the queen, however white can use the e5 pawn then taking bishop and queen. But then, stockfish said instead of Nh5, just do hxg6, and black only loses one minor piece, but it's +9 for white anyway.

  5. Great video! If you have the time, it would be great to make some videos about the Scotch, which I think is a very underrated opening as well

  6. Tried this opening twice against 1500 rated computer, and it easily exposed the weaknesses in the pawn structure with its’ knights and queen. Namely the pawns at e3 and c2.

  7. unfortunately, i got in a lot of troubles trying this and lost the game after a hot battle, are you coaching Igor ? i need a trainer.

  8. Assuming that black’s previous move was …d4 (extremely unlikely at this stage of the game), then the solution to the puzzle is en passant. Good one.

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