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. I like the way that you demonstrate that the response to a threat is multiple threats back.
    There's almost always, at my very low level, an emotional reaction to the N fork on c2. Thank you for showing me how I can exploit this.

  2. Finished in 14 with Qxh3#. White tried a Queen defense where a double check forced White to defend with and lose the Queen. Was a lil worried about an early Qh5+ but the wide open fried liver was too tempting for White to pass up. Good stuff!

  3. I played this game and won some games but in one game after Bc5 they played Bg5

  4. Tricky openings are valuable unless one is playing a GM.

  5. 1st trap is useless as soon as Queen protects king lolll

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