My FAVORITE Chess Openings for Black!

0:00 Hippopotamus Defense
1:06 Old Benoni Defense
5:08 Benko Gambit
8:25 Black Knights’ Tango
12:11 Owen’s Defense
14:16 Caro-Kann Defense
17:38 Stafford Gambit

Hippopotamus Defense:
Old Benoni Defense:
Benko Gambit:
Black Knights’ Tango:
Owen’s Defense:
Caro-Kann Defense:
Stafford Gambit:

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  2. The old benoni frightened me a bit when you first showed it, but the more i think about it, the old Benoni refutes one of the biggest tenets in chess — always take a free pawn.

  3. I swear in the next few years you are going to be THE CHESS GIANT here on YouTube. Are you planning to give recaps of all chess competitions or just gonna focus on teaching?

  4. หัวใจช้าง ElephantHeart says:

    2:46 this is just like the classic Queen's Gambit trap, but in reverse and without the d pawn moving. Neat

  5. หัวใจช้าง ElephantHeart says:

    Have you seen the Halosar gambit? aka Halosar trap in the Blackmar Deimar gambit
    If I remember correctly, it's like this: d4 d5 e4 dxe4 Nc3 Nf6 f3 exf3 Qxf3 Qxd4 Be3 Qb4 0-0-0 Bg4 … Nb5!!

    But I don't have time to check right now, so forgive any mistake there may be. 😛

    The Blackmar Deimer in general I feel is underrated, though typically it's not best to play this way. Knight should capture on f3, and White should aim for rapid development / attack. I suppose it's not necessarily a gambit that aims for a winning endgame so much as just a stronger middlegame.

  6. the gurgenidze caro kann is a good variantion indeed, also Hikaru plays it frequently

  7. im here for the thumbnail✊🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥😆😆😆
    i assume you dont like alekhine defense for sure…

  8. Dear Solomon, if you want to know how to deal with your black knight’s tango when white plays 3. Nf3, you can check Miodrag “the butcher” about it. Many variations, possibilities and attacking games.

  9. What are the most complicated chess opening lines to complex up the board like ruy Lopez and get a rock solid game according to u?

  10. YES! Love the Old Benoni to get d4 players into tactical, rather than positional, games.

  11. Just checked my win rate w the Hippo – 69%! (Not kidding hehe 🤣)… thanks for the inspiration, Solomon! 👏👏

  12. I have pretty much gotten to the point that no matter what white opens with I play g6, Bg7, and c5 or c6. I will transpose to the Gurgenidze system or variations of the Modern Defense, the Pirc, or the Kings Indian Defense, defending on how white plays. White can try to lead things into me playing a Hippo Defense if I play the Tigers Modern, but so far that hasn't been an issue.

  13. I really appreciate as a chess beginner being exposed to some really fun ideas in chess. Please keep up all of your great work. FYI if you hadn't mentioned playing the hippo I would have thought this to be a deep fake. 😀

  14. All good stuff, thank you. I want to mention that the Hedge Hog + Sicilian Kan plays a lot like the Hippo only, I believe, better. Can be played with black or white. Is not as well known. The only challenge is how to deal with 1.d4. Keep up the interesting videos!

  15. Alekhine,Hippo,b6,and at the moment im trying the slashnikov sicilian agianst e4.Aginast d4,more like a QGD keeping a pawn in the middle for the centre rather than trying to win it back later with a kings indian.

  16. Buenas líneas de ataque.gracias The Chess gian,Saludos.

  17. im surprised that st. george opening didn't make the list

  18. Hi there, mosh! Hey, I went through your whole library of videos and I couldn't find anything about how to beat the Modern Defense. I think it would be a great topic for a next video. Much love for ya!

  19. This channel is so under-apprectiated – keep up the great work though! Your followers appreciate the no-click-bait, high-quality chess-content 👏

  20. Very useful ideas for the one's opening choice. I'm very interested in deeper anylyses of your Caro Can suggestion. If white refuse to play Sf3 allowing Lg4 and plays Se2 or h3 with Sf3 what happens with black's Lc8? Supposed Ld3 is played then only option is again Lf5 with Lxf5 gxf5. Can you give us please advice for the further play? How to use these double pawns on the f file? Looks to me that open g file should be the main benefit for black but white can casttle queenside. How to play this very sharp position? To casttle long as well as white? Thanks in advance.

  21. For the Caro take a look at e4 c6 d4 d5 e5 and c5. It good

  22. I play the old benoni, French, and modern defense currently. The modern defense is an addicting opening to play.

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