Do you want to learn a solid and aggressive chess opening for Black? Do you want a solid opening weapon that will feed your attacking style? Then this video is for you!
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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will share with you an unknown and aggressive sideline in the Petrov’s Defence or Russian Game or Petroff Defence.
Generally, the Russian Game is considered drawish, but this sideline will get you an attacking position. You play the mainline till 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.O-O, but then instead of continuing the mainline 7…Be7, you can play the sideline 7…Bg4.
Black is pinning the White knight on f3, threatening to capture the d4-pawn. This works great especially against beginners as they are really annoyed by the deadly pin and tend to play passively such as 8.c3 protecting the d4-pawn or attacking the bishop with 8.h3. Most of your opponents will mess up and you can easily get a winning position.
♝ Trivia: The move 7…Bg4 was played by Anatoly Karpov in his World Chess Championship Match against Garry Kasparov, and Kasparov could not win even a single game as White.
00:00 Solid & Aggressive Chess Opening for Black
00:30 Petrov’s Defence or Russian Game
00:54 Aggressive and Unknown Sideline
02:01 White’s inaccuracy giving Black an outpost
04:22 White’s only aggressive attempt fails
06:22 If White plays h3, attacking Bg4
09:41 If White plays Re1, attacking Ke8
11:18 Question for you: can Black play this move?
12:42 White’s correct move: c4
14:30 Tip: Better diagonal for your bishop
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