Four Knights Game – Chess Openings Explained

Jonathan Schrantz teaches an opening where all four Knights move toward the center. It’s pretty and symmetrical, but there are sharp lines you should know. Learn the Scotch Four Knights, the Glek system, and more.

2016.03.28
Vladimir Kramnik vs Levon Aronian, Kramnik – Aronian (2012): C47 Four knights, Scotch, 4…exd4

92 Comments

  1. Wow! Very well explained. You have a way of covering all the intricacies of this opening without making it confusing to beginners like myself.

  2. Still asking for the King's Gambit Jon. 🙂

    Love your lectures still.

  3. One person turned up? My bet that it was none other than the chess maniac and former Missouri scholastic state champ, Mike Kummer.

  4. 'Chess Openings Explained' is my favorite segment you guys do. Please keep them coming. If I lived in St. Louis, you would've had two people in the audience 😉

  5. I study my openings from databases and books, but this series is fun and well explained.
    If I would request an opening it would be a 4… g6 variation of the Alekhines. (1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 g6).

    Lots of tactical and super sharp lines, where black survives by miracles it seems.

  6. These lectures are well researched and well presented. Shame the St Louis locals aren't turning out for them – they are still good viewing for the rest of us.

  7. I recently saw an unusual opening for white against the Sicilian. It's called the Wing Gambit. Any chance of covering that in the future?

  8. I was the guy in the audience. I am from Michigan but was town for the week and spent several days at the club. I had a blast attending several lectures and just hanging out.

  9. This guy is a PRO coach. Openings – 101 by Jonathan Schrantz.

  10. I love the concept of explaining the ideas in certain openings. What plans are normal in this and that opening etc. Super nice!
    Id love to see som Ruy Lopez and d4 opening breakdowns.

  11. Hey could you please do a video about the tarrasch defense

  12. Great video, thanks to you and everyone at the club! I'd love to head down to Saint Louis to check these out in person!

  13. [11:17] Glect system. I don't understand how Grand master Shranz sees no adantage for black! White's light squared bishop is block in by white's pawns, while both of black's bishop are active.

    I normally played that system for black, and I never go for re routing my knight to play c6, d5 and attack white's centre. I aim for moving the f6 knight to play f5 and launch a kingside attack. I mean, my pawns are pointing towards the kingside and that is where my bishops also points.

    That's a surprising assement by Shranz, which will make wonder about my assessment. I mean he is a Grand master and I am not even a master.

  14. Excuse me please, my esteemed Sir Schrantz, I believe to know the match between Kramnik and Aronian ended tied in a 3:3, by +1 -1 =4, not in a win by Aronian, am I wrong? . Howsoever an extraordinary educational lecture as usual by a great Mr. Schranz, many thanks for this instructive lessons.

  15. The amount of time where both sides castle and develop bishops to b5 and b4 pissed me off. I am known for liking positions that are dull but this is another level of dull. Pos opening at any cost I will avoid this lol…

  16. only 1 person what a shame. I love your videos !!

  17. 😛 Why you only had one person on audience?

  18. Funny enough my engine says black is up about a pawn after g4.

  19. in 35:34 white had a winning and it was to give a queen check in e8 and if kg7 then queen e5+ forking the rook and the king and if after queen e8 check black played kh7 then qxf7 and after kh8 qf8+ forking the king and the rook once again 🙂

  20. You don't want a King's gambit one Majora1988! it's butsted

  21. 14:40 Bh3 kinda the better move with a possible fork against queen, and if declined , Ng4, with a following Queen

  22. Computer says there is nothing wrong with that line of the Italian four nights, white is slightly better

  23. Hello everyone,

    While I love avoiding the Italian 4 knights with what Johnathan suggested, what about a move order trick : e4 e5, Nf3 Nc6, Bc4 Bc5, Nc3

  24. Hey Jon can you make a video of all the easiest checkmates!

  25. BEWARE! 1.e5 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bc4! Nxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Bd3 dxe4 7.Bxe4 Bd6!! In chessgames.com there are 25 games from here and ALL WON BY BLACK!!!!
    Even his "interesting" 6.Bd3 Nb4!? is not to be feared. And 6.Bd3 f5!? There are hardly any games to find on this anywhere on line . . . . . .
    Personally I check everything with a strong engine regarding opening lines and "time after time" my engine unearths some inaccuracy of some kind regarding grandmasters tactical or positional evaluations regarding many openings. As Kasparov once said . . "When it comes to a suggested line, believe it but before playing it first CHECK IT OUT!"

  26. Why skip, over the Scotch four knights. You see these breezing comments, black is ok, but you face the line and face awesome difficulties. Please go back and do the Scotch four knights!!

  27. I've been a correspondence player for nearly 40 years, and in the last 10 or so years I turned to the Four Knights opening when playing White in an attempt from getting away from the highly-analysed variations of the major king pawn openings.

  28. Nice. 4 knights is only boring because most amateurs play it safe. There are many chances to play wide open like Kramnik-Aronian.

  29. I was one of those who found the 4 knights game with Spanish variation. Since I found it, I use it often, but I didn’t know much of the knowledge in this video. I can tell I’ll watch this video over and over and over. I want to absorb it all.

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