Most Chess Players Overlook This Tactic (Universal Opening Trap)

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the most common chess tactical pattern in the opening stage. This “Queen Jump” tactics is overlooked by most chess players.

Most importantly, this tactical pattern occurs in many different openings; therefore, it is a universal opening trap, and knowing it will help you win a lot of games very quickly!

► Chapters

00:00 Most Common Chess Tactic in Opening Stage
00:20 200K+ players overlook this tactical pattern
02:40 Queen Jump Tactics: Qd5, attacking f7 and more
04:18 Example-3: Danish Gambit
05:09 Example-4: Four Knights Game, Italian Variation
07:20 Example-5: Bishop’s Opening, Symmetrical Variation
10:04 Example-6: Philidor Defense

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  1. I stumbled on this tactic while in game ( Italian game) and one day later i see ur video explaining it further more. Thanks igor

  2. 5:33 Black takes NxE4 😢 sad reply from white BxF7 😅 then take knight

  3. Thanks for posting. I need to learn to spot these.

  4. Just a comment for anyone with a 1500+ rating…..I am down at 900-1000, highest 1140 I think. I find I lose a lot of games at the end. A game today prompted me to write this comment, a 5-minute game, I was ahead all game, but with 3 major pieces to one, he pushed pawns, somehow managed to get a pawn through to queen before me, and that was that. Maybe Igor can do a video on end game tactics to help me and others, as it's INCREDIBLY frustrating to be up with material (or equal), and lose so many by players getting pawns through somehow. Thanks.

  5. Love your videos!!! One day soon I will try your course!

  6. The last tactic with blacks 2 knights defense doesn’t necessarily trap the white queen if white plays Rf2 right?

  7. 3:30 its funny cos Bc5 also just probably traps the knight after you play c3

  8. On the last example, after moving your bishop to take the knight, why can’t they just castle and avoid checkmate?

  9. In the last one black can castle so you win the knight but don't mate. They can also sack their bishop with check and bring the queen to defend. So I think your description was a bit misleading. But regardless these "tactical pattern" videos are really great!

  10. I had some fun games with mostly just the queen rampaging alone. As long as she always has safe retreat she can dominate mid and threaten every enemy piece.

  11. just gonna say that igor is an incredible teacher, makes everything so simple to understand

  12. 4:56 why not queen jump first rather than bishop sacrifice? Is it because black would develop his queen to e7 or knight to h7 and shut that move down?

  13. Like 1 👍 sukses selalu untuk channel nya terus berkembang

  14. ► Chapters

    00:00 Most Common Chess Tactic in Opening Stage

    00:20 200K+ players overlook this tactical pattern

    02:40 Queen Jump Tactics: Qd5, attacking f7 and more

    04:18 Example-3: Danish Gambit

    05:09 Example-4: Four Knights Game, Italian Variation

    07:20 Example-5: Bishop's Opening, Symmetrical Variation

    10:04 Example-6: Philidor Defense

  15. Thank you so much for this information, It is my time to play better and know how to punish the mistake of my opponents!

  16. The last checkmate example looks like a more advanced scholar's mate. Maybe we can call it the post graduate mate.

  17. Terrific lesson! Thanks very much! Hope you and your family are safe and well!

  18. Great teacher! When i learned chess there was the rule "don't move out to early with the queen", but nobody told me the exception of this rule. I had to find it out on my self and most time i was to afraid or did not see the chance. With this video and the lesson of "what is the drawback of my opponents last move" i learnned more. Thx vor video. 🙂

  19. Excelente clase. Gracias.!!! Ya tengo sus cursos.

  20. Back in the 70s, I was crushing all my friends and high school opponents with the bishops opening and queen jumps. Forgot exactly how I did it until your videos jogged my memory.

  21. Example 2 is terrible….you only ein a rock and your King lives in the Open. Black has castled and your Done..

  22. In the last example, can't black just castle to save his position? Or am I missing something?

  23. Thank you so much. This was exactly what i needed to advance a bit. Just won a couple of games with it, but more important, i was aware of more options and was in control of the games. Keep up the great work!

  24. I'm usually quite negative about these videos, but not in this case, this is a VERY important pattern to remember, to not get too greedy and go after too much material in the open game (1.e4 e5) when you have too many unprotected pieces. The double attack is the cornerstone of tactics.

  25. in the last example, black is not checkmated, as after the knight sacrifice they can castle. But they are down a knight.

  26. Igor would you do a video for the Albin Countergambit, and especially focus on traps to be found when playing against a3 and fianchetto line

  27. So in short, always look for the queen d5 move and bishop check sacrifice into queen check picking up a piece.

  28. New subscriber here im trying to learn chess and thanks to this channel i learn a lot specially trap and tactics ❤❤😊

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