The BEST Chess Opening Against 1.e4 – Every Move is a Trap!

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov talks about the most underrated chess gambit for Black against the White’s first move 1.e4. It is the Rousseau Gambit (or Ponziani Countergambit) from the Italian Game (Giuoco Piano), which happens after the opening moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 f5.

The resulting position is similar to a King’s Gambit Declined with colours reversed. This gambit has a lot of tricks and traps along the way which helps Black to win within just 10 moves in these lines.

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00:00 Underrated chess gambit against 1.e4
00:40 Rousseau Gambit from Italian Game
02:40 Line-1: 4.Nc3 loses quickly
03:31 Line-2: 4.exf5 gives up center
05:39 Amazing combination wins in 9 moves
10:04 Line-3: 4.d3 defending e4-pawn
12:51 2 checkmating threats at a time!
14:35 Line-4: 4.d4 White’s best response
16:44 Conclusion: Black is very active

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480 Comments

  1. Disclaimer: highly not recommended while playing against a GM.

  2. Ελευθέριος Γιανναδάκης says:

    a cat is behind you

  3. None of this actually works in real game play.

    I wrote a long post about how a low level Lichess bot falls for none of this, but hit a wrong button, switched the page, and lost the point.

    Igor seems like a good guy and good chess player, but I"m a newb at chess and play v Lichess computer 3 level or 4 level and the low ranked algo never, never, never takes moves Igoar says "white has to play."

    These vids are good for learning, but don't expect these vids to be realistic gameplay.

    Example @13:34 pawn takesD5, then a bottom level algo on Lichess plays pawn B4 or D4, oops you're done. You don't get the Bishop opening you need., A lot of times Igor says "white has to" but no, white doesn't have to. I'm a newb at chess and I'm just looking to learn and get ideas, I just subbed to Igor because he seems like a good guy and has much to learn from, but most of these "Beat the opponent easy" videos, no matter the uploader, aren't as they seem. Real players will know what you're trying to do and then stomp you. If Level 3 Lichess algo beats the moves, good players will too.

    another example: if the game plays out like we see in the video up to 13:46, but White plays Q to f1, you're done. Igor doesn't even explain this move by White, he just says "here the games over." but it isn't.

    Use these videos to understand more but do not think these "win in 4 move" videos are reflective of reality.

  4. That kind of opening that is just good in blitz against players that just dont know it are so dumb… There is 0 reason to play it.
    Horrible video… Just present it from the white point of view.

  5. the problem is that after queen to H4 white plays pawn g3 THEN WHAT?

  6. Wow super effective against 1700 rating he fall actually to the main line .. for he's desperation bishop to f7 check then simply king to f8 then checkmate him on the next move queen to g1 .. nice 👍🙂

  7. Greetings for your cat. I must watch it – this video – once more, because I was by it sleepy. Phantastic opening for black.
    Maybe the best for white would be: 1.e4 e5. 2. Nf3 Nc6, 3. Bc4 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4, 5. Nxe4 d5 6. Nxe5 Nxe5, 7. Qh5+ Ng6. 7. Bxd5 ? – the last sign is my question tag, not bad move from white.
    I must admit that I cannot afford so much time to spend for such videos – it was maybe more than 2 hours. Please see my deduction written above.

  8. omg Outstanding….so funny too to put the white in that position lol

  9. When I played the Rousseau gambit my opponent resigned

  10. beware Nd4!!!!! my 1400 rated opponent found this and it was given a brilliant by the engine.

    when the gambit is accepted and black pushes the pawn forward to attack the knight, if white playing Nd4 looks like they’ve blundered the knight.

    Actually it opens their queen to go Qh5+, they’ll win a rook (which you can win back), make a new queen, win back the knight, and completely destroy your kingside- very hard to come back from (although I did still win flex)

    actually in that line, you just need to bring your kingside knight out to cover the h5 square early, and accept the slightly worse position

  11. I actually like to use this after a Sicilian opening. I also end up with those 4 pawns in a row, queen palm defending so that pawn on f5 is actually guarded by my bishop

  12. 11:15 white's queen moves to H5 first and game over for black because white start attacking king with every move

  13. May I respectfully suggest that when commentators demonstrate an opening trap that wins a piece (as, for example at 2:58) they not conclude with "and White can/should resign". As the video is intended for low level club players, dropping a piece in the opening is just the beginning of what is likely to be a back and forth game. Resigning at this point can be considered a much worse blunder than the move which lost the piece. I'd even be reluctant to say "Black is winning" – between two low level club players, let's just say "Black is off to an excellent start, already up a piece".

  14. Whats the name of this defense?

  15. That is NOT an accurate analysis. I analysed this with an engine. On …..e4, you respond with Nd4!.

  16. Beautiful video sir thanks, your channel really nice all video amazing

  17. This is awesome. I'm subscribing…. Thanx!

  18. Igor in the video at 2:36 if white does play E4 what is the best response..?

  19. love you. one of the best chess sites on the internet. You have a really great way to explain things. Thanks for that

  20. just so you know guys after e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 f5 exf5 e4 white can play Nd4 because of Qh5 and black cannot capture the knight, the position is still playable and even

  21. I checked an openings database and it says that after exf5, nd4 is actually okay because taking the knight is losing because of queen h5+. so exf5 isn't completely losing if they know nd4

  22. I tried this, one time they brought the queen to h5 check. That screwed me to the wall. Because if I brought my knight to f6, I would have trapped my queen in. Sot what to do

  23. For line 4.d4, after 5…d5 instead of taking pawn with pawn exd5, white plays 6.Bxd5 then Nxd5 7.Qxd5 Qxd5 8.exd5 Bxf5 9.dxc6 bxc6. White is a little bit better.

  24. Strong tactical manoeuvres. But it took you 30 years plus to realise this. Thanks for sharing.

  25. At 11:37 my Opponent played QF3 instead of castleing. I ended up winning after a lot of trades with 2 pawns up but I did not find a continuing mating attack

  26. In line 3 (4. d3 defending the e-4 pawn), what if white plays 8. Nd2 followed by 9. Nf3? It looks like that destroys your whole plan…

  27. Hi, your videos are super instructive and really helpful, it has significantly improved my over all play. Thanks for the amazing content. One suggestion from my side, please put the title of the video in such a way that it's easier to search, like the name of the opening. There's been plenty of times m looking for a specific trap but m unable to come up with your video even though it Exists. Most of your videos kinda have similar titles thanks again

  28. Do you guys actually succeed with this? I tried this for my past 50 games or so. My opponents never play like we see in the video. All kind of random games at elo 1000 🤷‍♂️🤣

  29. But how about 1e4 e5 2Nf3 Nc6 3Bc4 f5 4exf5 e4 5Nd4??

  30. It’s pronounced with a rolled r “Roo-Sso” id have to imagine it’s french

  31. capturing the knight through white bishop was not explained, which seems very logical to me.

  32. This channel and the Danya channel are simply the best channels for learning chess

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