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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the best chess opening traps from the Rousseau Gambit of the Italian Game, which occurs after the opening moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 f5.

You will learn how to punish White’s common moves, how to counter White’s refutation against this Gambit, and also an insane trick involving a rook sacrifice to defeat advanced-level opponents in one of the variations.

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00:00 Trickiest Chess Opening: Rousseau Gambit
00:25 What is the Rousseau Gambit?
02:09 1) If White plays 5.Qe2 to pin the e4-pawn
03:41 1.1) If White plays 7.d3
04:47 1.2) If White plays 7.Nc3
06:57 1.3) If White plays 11.Bxb7
07:49 2) If White plays 5.Nd4
09:00 3) If White plays 4.d4 (advanced players)
11:59 Sacrifice the ROOK – crazy variation!

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104 Comments

  1. after the Pawn D5 move . what if he ignores this and brings the queen to H5?

  2. just beat someone who used the d4 refutation. he ended up losing the queen in the exact fashion that was explained. I have studied so many different variations in this Gambit. I really like it.

  3. I really love your videos and I play Russo gambit whenever I see Italian opening. But I was just destroyed when bishop took knight instead of his knight coming forward.

  4. Can you make a video in response to the what pawn moving to D3? I’ve been doing great with the Rousseau gambit, but I tend to lose more games with that D3 white move. Thanks, Igor!!

  5. What about queen e2 instead of remove the kni
    ght?

  6. As a causal player playing this gambit, I can't see 4 exf5 e5 to threat the knight before I watch this video.
    Instead of playing e5 as black, I always play 4 d5 and 5 Bxf5 to block the bishop to gain tempo immediately.
    I keep e pawn protected by knight and develop my bishop.
    What wrong if I play this variant instead?

  7. ► Chapters

    00:00 Trickiest Chess Opening: Rousseau Gambit

    00:25 What is the Rousseau Gambit?

    02:09 1) If White plays 5.Qe2 to pin the e4-pawn

    03:41 1.1) If White plays 7.d3

    04:47 1.2) If White plays 7.Nc3

    06:57 1.3) If White plays 11.Bxb7

    07:49 2) If White plays 5.Nd4

    09:00 3) If White plays 4.d4 (advanced players)

    11:59 Sacrifice the ROOK – crazy variation!

  8. Thanks for another great lesson with clever moves💪👌

  9. This opening gave me an important lesson, pushing f pawn in opening is not a blunder, unless I'm doing it

  10. Secret line for white, after f5, exf5, e5, Nd4, Nf6, Nxc6, bxc6, then Be2! After d5, Bh5 check, and black now can't castle, f pawn helps with g6 pushes, and a better game for white imo

  11. How about 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 f5 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 f4 6. O-O Nf6 7. d4 exd4 8. cxd4
    Bb6 9. Bxf4 Na5 10. Bd3 O-O 11. Bg5 Qe8 12. Nc3 c6 13. b4 Nc4 14. Bxc4+ d5 15. exd5 1-0

    That c3 and d4 push just kills me every time, centre just gets completely destroyed and black has nothing. Any suggestions?

  12. I learned about the Rousseau Gambit from your first video on it Igor and it is by far my most winning opening. I get a smile on my face every time the Italian is played against me.

    That being said, I am again going to say that this opening requires a great amount of study to be played effectively. There are a ton of moves that are completely unnatural and intuitive. You cannot expect to fumble your way into winning or even equal positions.

    Now Im gonna watch the video and see how it compares to my 1500+ move study.

  13. I won some games with this gambit, but I also lost with it , It's very nice but risky

  14. Love this gambit. Have been playing it a lot since the end of 2022… it makes games a lot of fun. As a Vienna player, it's also quite intuitive.

  15. Learned chess in the 80's. Won a lil trophy at my local library. Then lost when I played in downtown against other players. Gave up chess. Now picking it up again in 2023.

  16. Grand Master Smirnov, that is the best gambit I have seen in a good while. Thank you for sharing it. Thank you for making these fantastic chess videos.

  17. Just make sure you play Qd6 after Bb5 in the d4 line.

  18. Rousseau Gambit is soooo sharp.

    I love how attacking it is as black but i get that it does require accurate play.

    Just be prepared to lose some games (and not care about losing) until you remember each move and then long term you’ll have an incredible weapon to use in your arsenal.

    I love it so much.

  19. Actually I'm playing a 900 daily rated opponent who played pawn to d3 on the 4th move 😅

  20. This will be very useful for me, as my friend plays nothing but the fried liver attack. I already checkmated him twice with the Blackburne Shilling gambit, so I think he might have caught up to it by now. This will be quite the surprise for him to deal with. 😂
    Might also look into the Traxler Counterattack.

  21. Igor nation. Do i need a passport to visit from the USA?

  22. Unfortunately my opponents almost never take the f pawn

  23. Madness! Love it! Your chess and the video lessons are inspirational and fascinating! You got me into the game which I thought was boring… Not at all!

  24. This worked so well in 1400s, but as I got to 1600, very few people took the pawn at all.

  25. Easily my favorite opening playing as black. I like the reverse of it (Vienna) as white as well as the Ruy Lopez.

  26. pawn B3 and bishop A3 would be nice for white at 13:38.

  27. The antidote of this gambit is to play 4.d4. Let's recall
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 f5 4. d4 fxe4 (4…exd4 5. e5 gives white freer position.) 5. Nxe5 d5 ( 5… Nxe5? 6. dxe5 with sufficient compensation for white) 6. Bb5 Qd6 ( 6…Bd7? 7. Bxc6 white has advantage )7.c4 with space advantage for white with idea of castling thereafter.

  28. Awesome.. never played this before.. but wow.. 😀

  29. Thanks Coach. Been using this opening with a high success rate.

  30. Thank you Igor to made this very good video,i like this like a good variety option for my elephant gambit opening with black when this don't be good with some players.

  31. What if they play 7.Qxd5 instead of checking your queen in the d4 lines?

  32. I've done something like this in a random game. Its far from exacting but that pushed pawn won me a game I was almost assured to lose. I also allowed my opponents queen in my back rank kinda like demonstrated in this video. My opponent had such a massive advantage they took their eye off the ball for a counter attack. That pushed pawn is a major reason I ended up winning. Hope you enjoy.

    https://www.youtube.com/shorts/8DgvOqqmvo4

  33. I love this gambit! I wonder why f5 is an inaccuracy instead of a book move

  34. This is a great gambit and I too have watched your other video’s on the Rousseau gambit. But like any opening it needs a lot of work if you are to effectively implement it into your arsenal while playing black. Alas….chess is a complicated game….there is no getting away from that! Thanks Igor for adding on to your series on this fun gambit!

  35. 13:17 ALRIGHT, time to join the nation of domination and pure evil

  36. What if White plays 4.Bxg8, when 4…Rxg8 leaves Black unable to castle kingside, while after 4…fe4 5.Bd5 (5.Bb3!?) exf3 6.Qxf3, it's looking like the weakness of Black's kingside may become an issue.

  37. Grandmaster + psychologist = Talented teacher💥💥

  38. My problems with this gambit come after f5…bxg8 and takes my knight. Then, I take back with rxb8 and I can’t castle kingside.

  39. I love this opening at around 1450, there are ways black can go wrong but more for white… I also learned the d4 response from Igor and I crush ppl that try this against me

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