The Unbeatable Bishop's Opening (simple and powerful)
Chess Openings

Bishop’s Opening (Simple and Powerful)

Bishop’s Opening (Simple and Powerful)

Today I’m excited to share with you an interesting chess opening, the Bishop’s Opening, which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4.

Bishop's Opening

To supplement this lesson, learn Quick Checkmates in the Bishop’s Opening. Here is also the video lesson.

It is not a very popular opening line (compared to 2.Nf3 or 2.Nc3); nevertheless, it’s perfectly sound as you’re developing a piece and taking aim at the Black’s f7-pawn. Additionally, by playing the Bishop’s Opening, you are dragging your opponent out of his/her opening preparation. Therefore, you can use this opening weapon to surprise your opponents. Most importantly, there are a lot of interesting aggressive and attacking lines that you can follow up with!

Attacking Lines

We are going to analyze the most popular responses to 2. Bc4.

Black Plays 2…Bc5

This move often happens when Black is unsure how to react and he or she plays the similar move with the bishop. And here I’m gonna suggest you to play the dynamic move 3. d4, which strikes immediately in the center. Let’s see the analysis below.


Black Plays 2…Nc6

This is another common move. In this case, I recommend you to play 3. Nc3. The idea is to delay the developing of your knight on g1 because you want to push your pawn firstly to f4, which allows you to have a more aggressive setup and start expanding on the kingside in the early stage of the game. You can check the next analysis.


Black Plays 2…Nf6

This is the main response of Black. This way Black not only develops the knight, but also attacks your pawn on e4, and it’s the more aggressive way when playing for Black. See the next analysis.


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