The TRICKIEST Chess Opening Ever! [Top 3 Traps]

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will share with you the top 3 traps from one of the most trickiest chess openings for Black, the Rousseau Gambit from the Italian Game. It arises after the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 f5.

Playing this dubious opening is so tricky. It will be extremely difficult for your opponents to figure out the right moves. There are so many traps and pitfalls, and one little inaccuracy by White can cost the game for them!

► Chapters

00:00 Trickiest Chess Opening: Rousseau Gambit
00:39 Trap-1: 5…d5 line
03:16 Brilliant queen trap
03:46 Trap-2: If White plays 4.d3 instead of 4.exf5
06:30 The f-pawn’s journey to promotion
07:29 Trap-3: If White plays 4.d4 instead of 4.exf5
09:28 Understanding how Black is better
10:23 Knight maneuver wins the game for Black
11:42 If White plays Nxh8

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  1. if white takes exf5 then after e4 white can from what I have seen jump to like d4 and if black takes back then we have a devastating attack with the queen

  2. I've been playing the Rousseau for years with great success. The other day I checkmated a 2000 rated player on move 11.

  3. I thought I invented my own opening
    Turns out it already exists with a different name 😂

  4. 2nd trap: 4:52, what if after you move pawn to F4 to cut off the horse from the bishop, they move Qh5 putting you in check, what is the line for that?

  5. I just played 80 Bullet games in 2 sessions. Some of that happened.

  6. And you surprise fried liver players 😈

  7. My memory is so bad i need to look this every morning lol

  8. Thank you for your very fun and informative videos!

  9. You had me at turning the weak F7 pawn into "Beast Mode"! LOL

  10. Thank you very much. I really love to play the rousseau..

  11. I highly recommend the other two videos about this gambit. I love this gambit, it helped me win so many games in beautiful ways

  12. Playing this in 2/1 games all the time and so much fun, thanks Igor!!

  13. Unfortunately after crushing everyone in my chess club with this they all learned to play d4.

  14. Can you do a video on the old max lange attack.

  15. Igor
    What would be variation if white instead move knight to B8 move queen on D7 and can’t take knight because check?

  16. I learned this gambit from your videos and I always play it with high success rate. This opening just bewilders the opponent.

  17. After you push the pawn just QE2? These videos rely on hope chess

  18. Great. This is the only way I will play the Italian

  19. Again a great video,i love so much all this trick videos for all yours videos teach to me differents way to push your attack into the next level and even again computer or higher players level,i find it give to me so many options if i can only survive to the more strong players,in the beginning moves, somes games i am able to turn this to victory but it is not always a walk in the park but always thoses games are really funny to play!!Like Tartakower said it is the player which not made the last error which win the game!I like play chess for this kind of games!Thank you!

  20. I Love this opening and won so many Games with it, but you have to be very careful as black, too

  21. After 5…d5, white plays Bb5 and win the game with more active pieces and black has no more traps… White continue with Qh5+ or attack center with c4 then Nc3.

  22. I have beaten many higher ranked players based on this gambit you had in a previous video. it works. thanks!

  23. Have you ever thought about making a video on the ponziani counter gambit?

  24. You make this, thank you want to attack all the time unique

  25. 3:27 now white moved two times in a row. Game theory no longer matters.

  26. Best chest Grand Master ever. Hope to see you soon

  27. I want to by myself every single word you said about chess. How can i

  28. And do you make some private lesons live

  29. I am rated 2000 on lichess but i have no serious education on chess and i have the feeling that i am accumulate some bad habits and wrong language to learn

  30. btw, i am glad that you've speak about the d4 reply

  31. Sir which category does you select in the category option of video in yt studio

  32. Base on ur thumb nail
    I think that is
    Reversed vienna gambit
    For black.

  33. Igor. love your enthusiasm, generosity and bad-ass gambit lines! You’re a highlight of the online chess community! Thank you!

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