September 14, 2009

Bishop's Opening

[*See: Chess Openings for Beginners - All Lessons]

The lesson is designed for chess beginners to learn Bishop's Opening. It includes 2 chess videos (Video 1: Bishop's Opening - Main Variations | Video 2: Bishop's Opening - How to Play), the textual part to read, and the .PGN file to download and analyze real games on Bishop's Opening.

It is divided into the following 3 parts:
I. Bishop's Opening: Data and Variations
II. Bishop's Opening: How to Play the Main Lines
III. Bishop's Opening: Download the .PGN File to Analyze Real Games


I. Bishop's Opening: Data and Variations

Bishop's Opening Move Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4
ECO Codes: C23-C24

About Bishop's Opening:

Bishop's Opening belongs to the Open Game openings. Bishop's Opening is one of the oldest openings in chess. It was a favorite one of Francois Andre Philidor. Not so common today, it is being used by the chess masters as a surprise. Bishop's Opening is usually a fierce struggle from the very beginning.

The main feature of Bishop's Opening is its flexibility and "changebility": It may easily transpose into other chess openings, such as: Vienna Game, Petrov's Defense, King's Gambit, Two Knights Defense, Italian Game. Black may get good equal position. Bishop's Opening has no more than 20 variations...

Bishop's Opening Main Variations:
• Berlin Defense: 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 (most common for 70-80%)
• Classical Defense ("Boi Variation"): 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Bc5 (less common)
• Other Variations (2. ... c6; 2. ... Nc6; 2. ... d6; others)

To learn Bishop's Opening and its main variations, see Video 1: Bishop's Opening - Main Variations by clicking the Play button below:




• If the opening video has not shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.



II. Bishop's Opening: How to Play the Main Lines

You should know the main lines of Bishop's Opening. To learn them, use Video 2: Bishop's Opening - How to Play; which is below. Just next below the video, you can find the main lines also in writing. To see Video 2: Bishop's Opening - How to Play, click the Play button below:




• If the opening video has not shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.


The following is a few recommendations how to learn the main lines of any chess opening. The main lines are best opening moves for White and Black. Try to avoid mechanical memorizing. Use the chess board. Analyze how both sides apply 3 main opening strategies and main opening rules. Learn the main lines to develop the feeling of correctly playing a chess opening.

See the main lines of Bishop's Opening in writing:

Line 1 (Bishop's Opening, Berlin Defense, The Main Line 3.d3)
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.ed cd 6.Bb3 Bb4+ 7.c3 Bd6 8.Bg5 Be6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Nbd2 Nbd7

Line 2 (Bishop's Opening, Berlin Defense, Urusov Gambit Accepted 3.d4 ed 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qxd4)
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 ed 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qxd4 Nf6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.Qh4 d6 9.0-0-0 Be6

Line 3 (Bishop's Opening, Berlin Defense, Greco Gambit 3.f4)
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.f4 Nxe4 4.d3 Nd6 5.Bb3 e4 6.de Nxe4 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Qd5+ Ke8 9.Qxe4+ Qe7

Line 4 (Bishop's Opening, Classical Defense, Philidor Variation 3.c3)
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 ed 5.cd d5!


III. Bishop's Opening: Download the .PGN File to See Real Games

Below you can find and download the Bishops-Opening.pgn file to see how this chess opening works in real games. To read the file, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which will explain you how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program. Before downloading the file, please read how it was compiled and what you will see within the file.

The Bishop's-Opening.pgn file was specially created in the following way:

• The file includes main variations and displays how to correctly play the main lines.
• In addition, the file includes 24 real games played in 2008-2009 on Bishop's Opening.
• The real games were selected randomly, all players are FIDE rated 2017-2684.

• All the names of the chess players and their ratings were removed.
• The game results and tournament names were removed as well.
• The real games are shown from the beginning to the end of opening phase only.

• At this point, the opening positions were analyzed by a computer program.
• You will see the result of the program's analysis, like this...
• "If White finds this best line ..., White will be better at 0.55 pawns."

• The computer program's analysis will help you:
• To analyze each chess opening position.
• To understand how to correctly enter the middle game...

To learn how Bishop's Opening works in real games, click the following link:
Download the Bishops-Opening.pgn File (15 KB)


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