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. A wee bit tricky, but still safe if played with the right moves. It makes the game more spicy. Otherwise where would the fun be?

  2. Thank you, Igor. I love this opening as it gives several different possibilities. I appreciate learning from you.

  3. 2:37 I didn’t understand why the only move was Q g6. What is the problem with Q f4? If White responds with g4, then it gets taken en passant, and blacks king side is now exposed?

  4. This is my fav of your Rousseau vids. Thx igor!

  5. To the situation at 4:45 i come often when i start with the bush gass gambit. Its great, so i can play stafford or rousseau. Also for white i prefer bishops opening, that leads to various cool lines.

  6. Super cool brainstorming ideas. Love it
    Thanks 🙏

  7. You lost the bishop white would take the knight then check and all you have is a pawn.

  8. @9:20 they are more likely to move knight to take rook, because its also a checkworth thinking through scenarios like this though

  9. This gambit makes me laugh with joy ! Played it against a bot rated 2000 – won in 11 moves – remarkable for me !

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