The Easy Openings: Play vs 1.d4 and 1.Nf3

In today’s post, I would like to present a video that will interest many chess players who struggle with their opening repertoire as black or just need an easier and simple to follow setup to get a good position out of the opening. In my latest post, I covered a very innovative variation in the main line of Ruy Lopez for black. Nevertheless, it only works after 1.e4 and I suspect many of you still wonder how to play against 1.d4 and 1.Nf3. The typical answer of many strong players is just to develop fast and avoid any complications. Yet, without a proper understanding of the positional ideas, that can easily prove a difficult task. In the present video, you will find some useful ideas and easy to follow plans on how to handle 1.d4 and 1.Nf3 as black. Enjoy!

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  • 3 years ago


    Tiger can you suggest a system against Nf3 d5, c4 ? How do you counter the reti?

  • 3 years ago

    IM TigerLilov

    @zugzwang67 - I believe the same approach works well against Bf4 as well. The only major difference is that black may need to play a6 in order to cover b5.

  • 3 years ago


    @TigerLilov -- It is nice to see a titled player suggest something other than 1...Nf6 to counter 1.d4. Thanks!

    But what would you recommend in case of 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 (or 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Nc3)? I've always found annoying something like 4...Be7 5.Bf4 or 4...Nbd7 and 5.Bf4 again. Obviously in case of Bf4 Black would like to play ...Bd6. But if ...Be7 before then Black loses a tempo. And of course ...Nbd7 renders ...Bd6 impossible. Any suggestion?

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks -

  • 3 years ago


    nice video

    will watch your other videos too

    keep them coming :)

  • 3 years ago

    IM TigerLilov

    @IchTuDirWeh c4-c5 by white is best countered by e6-e5 (after some preparation).

  • 3 years ago


    this is very helpful, thanks.

    A trouble I have is against players who push pawn to c5 thus creating a wall which is for me very hard to break.

    Any tips against this one please?

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you:)

  • 3 years ago


    Good video; thanks!!

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