Solid & Powerful Chess Opening For Black Against 1.e4 [Tricks & Traps]

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov presents to you one of the best chess openings for Black against 1.e4. The French Defense, which happens after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5, is a solid and powerful chess opening for Black.

You will learn the key advantages of the French Defense, the logical reason behind every move of Black, key ideas in the opening, and attacking plans in the middlegame. You can play this opening against beginners and also advanced-level opponents.

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00:00 Best Chess Opening For Black Against 1.e4
00:19 Why the French Defense is powerful
02:09 1) Advance Variation: 3.e5
04:00 Common mistake by White
06:19 If White plays Bd3 to prevent Nf5
10:49 If White plays Bb5, pinning Nc6
13:36 White loses castling rights or the bishop
17:26 Mainline played by experienced opponents
20:02 2) Exchange Variation: 3.exd5
22:02 3) Rubinstein Variation: 3.Nc3 dxe4

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141 Comments

  1. 20:46 when I make that move pinning the knight, my opponent usually kicks me with h3. Andy good counter moves for that?

  2. Damn or that is Wow! Been awhile so that was French to me lol

  3. historically even Bobby Fischer had trouble against the French D. thanks for giving the basic ideas Black can play here!

  4. Holy shit he’s not even thinking he just knows

  5. Great video. Might try the french in some friendlies. But I must say I'm a caro kann devotee 😅

  6. In some cases I have seen Be3 after black played Nc6 or after pushing white pawn to b3, Bishop to b2.

  7. I am a 700 rapid player (I mainly play the bots and do puzzles: I can beat a 1200 bot pretty much every game, a 1300 bot most of the time, and I'm 1800-1900 puzzles).
    I have only been playing chess for a couple of years, and, as an older player (61), I sometimes find the pace of YT videos too fast, but your explanations are well paced, calm and easy to follow (and very thorough as you explain why each move is good/bad).
    Next game as black I am definitely giving the French defence a try out instead of just playing 1 e5.
    I seem to remember Judit Polgar saying the French was the first defence she learnt.

  8. never thought Baim Wong is so good at chess

  9. Y don't play g4, or queen exchange when d4 in trouble

  10. 15:50 that arrow is my vision for HOW TO ATTACK FOR BISHOP AT 3 AM when my eyes are collapsing.. truly understandable

  11. in 7:32 what if instead of white playing white square bishop to c2 and plays dark square bishop to d3 it kinda ruins the whole plan of black. if the queen takes the pawn in d4 then queen takes pawn at b2 knight d2 then plan ruined cuz cant take rook queen is protecting it since the knight moved. what should i do??

  12. What is a chess Algorithm? and kind of equation ? Orders of Moves ? any type of Statistical calculation?

  13. Sir, Thank you so much, using this opening as black , I castled queen side, destroyed whites marching pawn onslaught towards center and shocked 1900 rating player on Lichess.

  14. At intermediate level I probably have a 90% win rate with white against the French after 1. e4 e6 2. b3 d5 3. Bb2. Whether black accepts the gambit or not, they're out of theory in 3 moves and I'm about to completely demolish them because I of course know the theory for both accepted or declined.

  15. Thank you for insightful tutorials. I typically prefer 10 minute games due to time constraints, however I don't find myself improving. It seems I may benefit from longer games. What length of game should I play to have more time to think through better moves? I'm a 1200 to 1500 player.

  16. Bobby Fisher use to say that E4 is the only opening move you should do.

  17. I have been playing french defence against e4 since 3 years ……and i have faced all these positions many a times in my games….well its a good summary to keep in mind while playing french defence ….i learned all these lines while analysing all my games from year to year …..you summafized it in 1 video …hats off to you …..earlier i followed dereque kelly videos how to counter different openings … it really practically worked for me

  18. I thought it old be another video on the Scandinavian but it was the French which is my main opening as black against e4

  19. They played bishop E3 before. What to do now ?

  20. Just lately i added the sicilian kan and only the seasoned ones give me headache!

  21. I appreciate the time he takes to teach and explain. However I think that introducing the engine/database/bots aka the computer to the game is a mistake because it’s like an answer sheet for a test. Allowing players to use the engine to help them when they’re playing an opponent. Bobby Fisher learned chess by studying there was no engine used in his games

  22. why are you note using the Black Bishop to defend D4

  23. I only know the French 😂 I was hoping for something else. I'm terrible at this game.

  24. Thanks for rekindling my interest in the French. Years and years ago I had read a chess book that dissed the French saying it leads to a very cramped game for black.

    Looks like they were wrong!

  25. now I never loze to my dad thanks so much

  26. Oh gosh you are so Awesome! I had played chess for 35 years and I only consider myself a novice because I do not have anyone to play with so I play against the computer. I learned so much from you Thank You so much.

  27. I have played e5 black and practised almost all variations..works against Vienna, king's gambit, Center game, scotch, Italian, ruy, larsen attack etc

  28. thank you so much for this video, I keep getting clobbered using French Defense as black.

  29. reallly awesome strategies for crazy e4 openings and also the knowledge behind every moves makes sense why black has attacking advantages

  30. Great! Now lemme watch this 20 more times to memorize the first few moves

  31. Bishop can still check the king after pawn D5

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