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.

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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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290 Comments

  1. Another line at 3:15 1.Qxf7+ Kd8 2.Qg7 gets back the rook as 2…Bf6 fails to Qf8++. The puzzle solution is 1.Rf8+!! Rxf8 2.Nxc7++.

  2. I wait for your videos! So entertaining & instructive! Thanks from Dubai!

  3. In the position White plays 1.Rf8+ Rxf8 2.Nxc7#

  4. Qh5+ Kd8 (If Black Queen protect rock take Queen)
    Rf8+ Rxf8
    Rxf8+ Qe8
    Q or Rxe8 #

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  6. ► 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?

  7. Puzzle: D5 Knight to C7 (check), king moves to D8 (only move), knight takes rook A8, black queen checks C3, white queen takes C3, knight E6, Queen to A3, the rook defends king on E8, after sacrificing pieces, queen checkmates. (I’m sure there is a faster way but that’s what I instantly grabbed towards. Solved in about 20 seconds.

    Not sure why, but there’s something about the kings gambit that I just love. It’s very unorthodox end, you can always tell if a middle game or end game started with this opening.

    For some reason when I play kings gambit I always completely control the board even against strong opponents. It’s very easy moves to understand, gets strait to the point and is definitely an opening for intuition based players due to the fast aggression. My best games where I completely dominate were from the kings gambit. Idk it’s like when I play this opening I feel right at home, this is the ancient way of chess after all.

    My strongest opponent that I absolutely crushed with this opening was from a very rare line in the kings gambit where I allow my knight to be captured by the pawn in the beginning, I castle, get checked and then have a massive attack when I move my king to H1. This opening uses blacks pawn as protection for my king. Found this opening from intuition and turned out to be a real Murphy game. My opponent was rated 2100 IM, beat him in 16 moves.

  8. Look at the cat behind he steals my attention all the time 😂

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  11. Hey, absolutely love your videos. For trap #1, the move Nh6 by black does actually defend the threat I believe, because after white plays d4, black can play d6 which attacks the knight. The knight cant attack the f7 pawn straight away. Therefore, after Bxh6, black plays dxe5 and the attack is over.

  12. Hi Igor, most interesting video. allthough in the end of the fifth trap you demonstrate, you move black queen to e7, but what if black move the roock to g8 instead attacking white queen. no easy checkmate. Thanks for your teaching and comment. Best. Chris

  13. Rook sacrifice from f6 to f8, takes with rook f8 then knight c7 checkmate . Is it correct?

  14. NxP! any black response sets up the loss of black's queen to the Rook on f6 which is moved to attack black's queen while the black king is exposed to check.

  15. 3:00 Knight h6 then we play d4
    After black play to d6 then what we do ???

  16. After watching many kinds of trap, trick, and a kind of punish back them then I be like 😵

  17. Puzzle….mate in 2 moves without losing a piece…knightC7 check… no matter where the black king moves…rook C6

  18. Rook to black king3 and then white knight takes pawn

  19. for the last one: Qh5+, Kd8, Rf8, rxf8, rxf8#. I think that's right.

  20. We can't make any trap when we play with expert computer and up

  21. We can't make any trap when we play with expert computer and up

  22. For the puzzle , I guess our House to C7 then protected by Castle C6 , tell me if it is right …

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