Best aggressive chess openings for Black against 1.e4

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I know how difficult it is for most of you, as a club level player, to pick up the right and aggressive chess opening. If you like to win your opponent, then you need to attack him, right? Therefore, you need something aggressive in order to start pressing him from the starting moves. That’s why today I have collected some aggressive openings for you. 🙂

Of course, it’s impossible to analyze deeply an opening in a single article. Nevertheless, I’ll try to present some key ideas and give you some general guidelines.

The most often played moves by White are 1.e4 and 1.d4, and we will see a couple of options for Black in both of these starting opening moves. The 1.e4 is the most common and aggressive opening move and for that reason, we will examine it first.

The Sicilian Najdorf

Sicilian NajdorfThis is the starting point from the Sicilian Najdorf opening variation. In this particular position, there are a lot of ideas and Black has to find a lot of antidotes! This is a very rich position and if you’d like to learn chess then you should study this opening. This is a very aggressive and fascinating position, which definitely can guarantee you a lot of great victories.

From the Black’s side, there are a lot of big names and World champions like Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. If these guys select this opening, then you can do the same. 🙂

you may also like to learn about the Sicilian dragon!

The main idea is to play b5, Bb7 and then start the attacking on queenside or in the center.

The aggressive maneuver

A very useful maneuver to remember is Nbd7 and Nc5. The idea behind this maneuver is to attack the e4-pawn.

I selected two cool games for you – these can help you understand the ideas little better and I hope you will start implementing this in your games as well!


Two knights defense

Two knights defenseThis is the starting position of the two knights defense. Black’s idea is to sacrifice a pawn in order to disorganize White’s pieces and start the counter-attack. It is a gambit (giving a pawn) and it’s not so important in the opening, because as we already know that developing the pieces is more important.

In this particular position, Black has a lot of options – Nd4, b5 and the main line Na5. I’m not recommending you to capture the d5-pawn immediately, because White can sacrifice his knight on f7 and follow a strong attack. The position is not winning, but it’s very unpleasant to defend for a long time – thus, I suggested Na5.

Again, I’ve selected two games for you and I hope you will enjoy them as I did. If I’m lucky you will learn something from them and I wish you good luck with your games! 🙂


P.S. I’ll talk to you in the next article and we will discuss how to select an aggressive opening against White’s first move 1.d4 move. 🙂 If you liked this article, please share it with your friends.

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  1. thanks igor so much for this article this one is great .i had seen mangus carlsen app playing this opening sucessfully against mei as black this magnus app find new moves and novelties sir.brilliant application.

    1. Hi Anna,

      It’s ok to play it starting from 1500 rating. Since Fischer, Kasparov and other world champions were using Najdorf variation successfully, there’s no top limit for it.

      Best of luck!

        1. Hi Fay,
          GM Igor has a busy schedule so let me help you.
          Sicilian defense is one of most complex openings in chess and there are lots of variations and games are really sharp. That is why Igor recommends to start from 1500 rating.

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      1. dear sir kasparov is back on saint lous blitz and rapid event and yesterday he played against karjakin i see it on live website yourtube channel what do you think about him??any chances of winning.??

  2. I studied your course ”calculate till mate” that was really great. there you suggested to play sharp openings. Pease recommend a sharp reply against e4.(and which variation to play)

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