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Do NOT Make This Chess Opening Mistake!


In the world of chess, openings can be a critical battleground. One common opening mistake that many players make can lead to quick and unexpected defeats. In this lesson, we’ll explore a common chess opening mistake and show you how to capitalize on it as both Black and White.

The Opening Mistake

The mistake often occurs after the opening moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4, White intending to develop their pieces naturally. This is where the fun begins! Black can take advantage of White’s setup with a simple yet powerful tactic: 4…Nxe4! This move temporarily sacrifices a knight but sets up a sneaky trap.

Below, you can find the variations shown in the video:

The Fork and Regain

On the very next move, Black strikes with 5…d5! This move forks White’s knight on e4 and gains back the sacrificed piece with interest. Many players, even experienced ones, fall into this trap, unaware of the impending disaster.

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White’s Mistakes

Now, White has a couple of common but incorrect options when facing this tactic. Let’s take a look at them:

  1. 6.Nxe5: Some players might think they can capture a pawn and develop simultaneously. However, after 6…Nxe5, White loses the knight on e5. Black recaptures the lost material and maintains a strong position.
  2. 5.Bxf7+: This move is an attempt to complicate things. After 5…Kxf7, White recaptures the knight. But Black has a powerful response, 6…d5! This move not only threatens the White knight on e4 but also opens up the center for Black’s pieces.

Black’s Winning Strategy

So, as Black, when your opponent falls into this trap, you have a strong position and multiple ways to continue your attack. Here’s a typical plan:

  1. Develop Your Pieces: Continue with natural development. Be7, d6, and 0-0. Your pieces will harmonize while maintaining the pressure.
  2. Center Control: Advance your central pawns with moves like d6 and c5 to further exert pressure on White’s pieces.
  3. Pawn Breaks: When you castled queenside, look for opportunities to play pawn breaks like e5 and f5 to open up lines for your bishops and create threats against White’s king.
  4. Exploiting Pins: Be ready to pin and target the knight on f3 with Bg4 pins.

You can learn more about these ideas in the video lesson.

White’s Correct Response

To avoid falling into this trap, White should respond correctly with 6.Bd3.

chess opening mistake

This move saves the bishop and keeps the game relatively balanced. However, even in this case, Black can continue with developing moves and aim for a strong position.


Chess is full of traps and tactics, and this common opening mistake is a prime example. By recognizing and capitalizing on this blunder, you can secure a winning advantage as Black. Alternatively, as White, understanding this trap can help you avoid a potentially disastrous opening.

To delve deeper into these strategies and learn how to handle this pin effectively, check out the video linked here for a comprehensive guide to this intriguing chess scenario.

Don’t let this opening mistake catch you off guard in your games. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be better prepared to outmaneuver your opponents and secure victory on the chessboard.



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