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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares the most common chess opening mistake after 1.e4. It occurs in the Three Knights Opening, arising from the moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3.

A staggering 17 million chess players have played 3…Bc5 as Black, making it the most prevalent chess opening mistake in this position. Unfortunately, only 10% of the players, playing with the White pieces, knew the right way to punish this mistake.

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00:00 Most Common Chess Opening Mistake After 1.e4
00:49 5 Big Advantages for White
01:57 Beware of this TRAP!
03:44 Exploiting the dark square weakness
04:35 Black’s best response
07:11 Stockfish recommendation for Black
09:51 If Black plays 3…Nf6 instead of 3…Bc5
11:55 Puzzle of the Day

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40 Comments

  1. The center fork trick works so well at 1500. They think im trading the knight for a pawn and then BOOM 😅

  2. Bxf7 is a bad move for black, but mostly better than any alternative AND you prevent your opponent already from castling, which is a bonus too

  3. Only 15 million play Bc5. The most common move is Kf6.

  4. Puzzle : Bf3 block the f2 pawn from coming up and leaving the second rank in white queen's watch. There isnt much for white to do here. Next Nf5 theyll have to move their knight or get thrown out anyway which was protecting the g2 square from checkmate.

  5. Well, waiting for a mistake of your opponent actually works, but its not real chess. I believe, that even with a weak opponent, you should play as it is a strong opponent. It lets you to develop, although of course it will require more moves than the play deserves.

  6. I don't get why a player would do knight takes knight after your knight takes that center pawn.
    If I am forced to play that position as black, as soon as you take that pawn, i'm going to do bishop takes your kings bishop pawn to check your king.
    you then must move your king to the second rank which prevents castling. From there, I'm going to start launching pieces at your king as fast as possible, saccing my knights in the process.
    Really I would not do that opening for black though. I prefer something similar to the kings gambit as black, to get rid of some pawns and allow the rook into the game fast. in order to more effectively chase down that king before white has time to develop.
    I know… it's probably not that strong even at mid level. But I think better than what black is doing here and way more fun! XD

    I don't disagree with your theory at all. I just really dislike that opening for black.

  7. How about …Bf3 to lock White up. Then attack White knight with Black knight. Don't see anything White can do to escape.

  8. Hey Igor. i play the scandinavian defence, but the last 10 times i got kicked. after i play pawn to E4, they respond with queen to f3 and then i get in trouble. is that a sound opening if yes, how to counter that, and if not, how to punish that.

  9. As g2 is the natural mating position; which is guarded by the white knight on e3. The g2 square can also be guarded by white moving the pawn on f2 forward to f3.
    So black bf3 seems the best move as a black bishop on f3 can not be easily challenged by white. White can not guard against both of blacks threats to bring the back knight on e7 to either d5 of f5 to challenge whites knight on e3. Once the white knight falls black's queen gets checkmate on g2.

  10. Puzzle:Rb6 Be4,Qxh2+ KxQh2,Rh6 Kg1,Rh1#

  11. It's not necessarily a mistake. You basically don't take it with your bishop but retract it to d6 then dxe5, Bxe5 position is equal.

  12. My approach is different… Nf5, chasing away or trading the white Knight, then Qg2#. I'm sure the Rb6 is faster but I don't think my method is WRONG

  13. At 4:01 also possible is 7.Bh6, with the double threat 8.Qf8# and 8.Qxf6 Nxf6 Bg7 … If 7…Qxh6 Qxh8 wins the exchange…

  14. After 1…Rb6, White will have to give up material to avoid a mate on h1, h2, or g2.

  15. After 1…Rb6, White will have to give up material to avoid a mate on h2 or g2.

  16. Thanks Igor specially for covering the case where black plays the two knights.

  17. The Bishop on a6 is hanging, so harass it:
    … Rb6
    White cannot protect h2 from the Queen, and then
    … Rh6++
    Though I guess White could sacrifice the Bishop with Rfd1, grab the open b file, and last a few more moves.

  18. Rb6 is the correct move because if the bishop moves Qxh2 + , King takes , Rh6 + , Kg1 and Rh1 is a mate in 3#

  19. White Knxe5. I play Knd4 for winning game.

  20. Best chess channel fr….. Instructive as always ❤🔥

  21. My first thought was knight f5, but white playes f3, blocking black bishop and protecting g2 by his queen, then what? Rb6 seems better, either you loose a bishop or get checkmated after rh6. After rb6, i cant see anything better than f3 again for white to stop mate on g2, but now the rook simply takes the bishop on a6. Up material. Is this the correct line or there is another line where there is an unstoppable checkmate?

  22. It'd be great if you don't make opening content, but rather middlegame or endgame. Most people just stick with a comfortable opening like queen's gambit or ruy lopez. Unless you're a grandmaster, these intricacies are less important. Your analysis content and tips were amazing, and they were the reason I subbed to this channel. Would appreciate it if you made more of it.

  23. Rb6 tempo on bishop, after they respond by moving away we sack the queen on h2 and then follow up with rh6+ and checkmate

  24. removing the defender? Knight f5?

  25. I started the video 7 seconds after its publication

  26. ► Chapters

    00:00 Most Common Chess Opening Mistake After 1.e4

    00:49 5 Big Advantages for White

    01:57 Beware of this TRAP!

    03:44 Exploiting the dark square weakness

    04:35 Black's best response

    07:11 Stockfish recommendation for Black

    09:51 If Black plays 3…Nf6 instead of 3…Bc5

    11:55 Puzzle of the Day

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