TOP 5 Fastest Checkmates in the King’s Gambit

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the top 5 fastest checkmates in the King’s Gambit chess opening, which happens after the first moves: 1.e4 e5 2.f4. These are the 5 most brutal and aggressive opening traps in the King’s Gambit.

What’s interesting is that GM Igor Smirnov shows you the games played by masters and grandmasters in this video. And that goes to show that even top-rated players suffer in these aggressive variations and fall victim to these deadly traps.

► Chapters

00:00 Top 5 Fastest Checkmates in the King’s Gambit
00:34 Trap-1: Evil trap in 4th move
04:20 Trap-2: Checkmating the underdeveloped army
06:50 Trap-3: King’s Gambit Declined, 2…Nc6
08:26 Trap-4: Zukertort’s blindfolded game
11:51 Trap-5: Brutal checkmate
14:32 Can you find the winning move?

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  1. I saw the following 2 lines,
    1st: 1. Qe5+, Kd8 2. Rf8+, Rxf8 3. Rxf8+, Qe8 4. Qg5# … this line could also go like 2. Rf8+, Qe8 3. Qg5# and there are a few more variations of this… the next line I found is:
    1. Qh5+, Qg6 2. Rxg6… quite obvious but let’s say they don’t take and they make any other move except d6, then Rg8# (2x Check). If it goes 2. Rxg6, d6 3. Rg7+, Kd8 4. Qg5+, Ke8 5. Qe7#…

    I really like the Rg8# though, if the right moves by black allowed it to happen

  2. 1. Qh5+ , Kd8 ..2. Rf8+ , Rh8 x Rf8..3. Rf1 x Rf8+ , Qe8..4. Qh5 x Qe8 # checkmate…is it right? thanks for video on traps GM Igor! More power and more winning!

  3. So, I solved the puzzle that he gave us at the end of the video, and this is how it goes. WHTE- Qh5+, Rf8+, Rxf8+, BLACK- Kd8, Rxf8, Qe8. Now white can either capture the Queen with the Rook and it's Checkmate, or white can capture the Queen with the Queen and it's Checkmate.

  4. After kings gambit accepted black plays knight b6

  5. Qh5 (His king is forced to d8) Rf8 (his rook is forced to f8) Rf8 and now it’s checkmate.
    If he moves Qe8 to block Rf8, Qe8 and now it’s checkmate.

  6. White Rook moves f8 ch!, black rook × f8, and white knight × c7 mate

  7. Make all variations of king's gambit checkmate video

  8. This is the best opening have ever played. None of my opponents has played this pawn stuff, but i can Control the Center and have tons of move options. Great stuff 😊

  9. what if they just take your queen with the rook intead of the horse

  10. If black does not accept the gambit but check with queen?

  11. Nice I always use this trick. It is a good trick
    Thank you

  12. This looks EXTREMELY complicated – especially for players under 2000

  13. 1. White queen move to h5
    2. Black king move to d8
    3. f6 white rook move to f8
    4. h8 black rook move to f8
    5. f1 white rook move to f8 and check mate

  14. Final position knight c7 if king moves to d8 rook to c6 checkmate. If king moves to e7 after Knight moves c7 rook moves h6 checkmate

  15. Regarding the 4th trap when the queen was sacrificed I think that was too risky. When blacks queen came out thus forking the piece an experienced player would see that & simply wouldn't make that move.

  16. 3 minutes in…. Pawn to D3. … Pawn takes night. The problem is defused. …. Look at it…

  17. White rook to f8 check. Black rook moves to f8, thus killing the white rook. White knight moves to c7 is checkmate.

  18. In the first one when he gets a new queen the Queen can get out ,& is poss for his queen to prevent the checkmate

  19. I have been trying your opening, kings gambit, I am getting crushed, I have lost 55 points in ratiing
    It hurts I just seem to fall,

  20. I'm don't really play kings gambit because it's an aggresive opening and also exposing the king early. But with these traps maybe I will try playing KG😆

  21. Rf8+ ,rook takes, then Nc7++, wish I could see this stuff in my own games

  22. 2 reasons why I watch your vids:

    1. to improve my chess gameplay
    2. to watch your cat at the background

  23. Won a match by forking a queen, advance lvl player was in a mess

  24. what if instead of knight f6 he plays rook h4 CHECK?

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