The BEST Chess Opening Against 1.e4 – Every Move is a Trap!

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov talks about the most underrated chess gambit for Black against the White’s first move 1.e4. It is the Rousseau Gambit (or Ponziani Countergambit) from the Italian Game (Giuoco Piano), which happens after the opening moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 f5.

The resulting position is similar to a King’s Gambit Declined with colours reversed. This gambit has a lot of tricks and traps along the way which helps Black to win within just 10 moves in these lines.

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00:00 Underrated chess gambit against 1.e4
00:40 Rousseau Gambit from Italian Game
02:40 Line-1: 4.Nc3 loses quickly
03:31 Line-2: 4.exf5 gives up center
05:39 Amazing combination wins in 9 moves
10:04 Line-3: 4.d3 defending e4-pawn
12:51 2 checkmating threats at a time!
14:35 Line-4: 4.d4 White’s best response
16:44 Conclusion: Black is very active

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500 Comments

  1. Was just able to deploy the gambit, and he brought out his queen to defend. It was glorious! Thanks so much!

  2. 4 min 22 seconds into this video the attacked knight can move to d4. If black takes the free knight he’s in a lot of trouble.

  3. This is great sir. I add this to my chess reservoir and I'll surely win a lot of games

  4. At 11:48 white shouldn't castle, but play g3 instead. It's more natural i think and much better than castling. We (as black) lose our rook now after we defend the queen from the g3 pawn

  5. What a great line I esp like when black plays ….f3. Stellar!

  6. This seems very similar to a reverse Vienna Gambit

  7. Rat defense balough defense, I played it forever and it is awesome

  8. 02:40 Line-1: 4.Nc3 loses quickly

    03:31 Line-2: 4.exf5 gives up center

    05:39 Amazing combination wins in 9 moves

    10:04 Line-3: 4.d3 defending e4-pawn

    12:51 2 checkmating threats at a time!

    14:35 Line-4: 4.d4 White's best response

    16:44 Conclusion: Black is very active

  9. yes but be warned, white can set a trap for black by playing the knight to d4 instead of retreating or protecting it. If black takes the free knight then that is a major blunder because white can launch a vicious attack that black has weather. So black should actually block with knight to f6 rather than take the greek gift, and then the c6 knight drops. It is more or less equal then, but white can safely castle in most cases, and can work at tearing down the pawn center and you end up with a pretty open tactical game that might not appeal to black who was hoping for a clear advantage.

  10. This is the most valuable and informative video about chess openings I have seen for long. Thank you!

  11. Great videos. Thanks a lot for your effort. If I pay for chess workshops it will be with you. The free content is much appreciated.

  12. You pronounced "Rousseau" correctly in anglophone dialectic. If it's the same as Jean-Jacque Rousseau, then, in French, it's pronounced with a guttural R, as in RUE-so.

  13. Great vdo!! Won quite a few games with this.
    However am losing games when white plays 4 d4 exd4 5 e5.
    How to continue here to get a strong position?

  14. As an aficianado of the LATVIAN GAMBIT this really takes me back to see, great

  15. 7:43 A lot of my opponents develop the knight to C3 here. Now there is another defender of the D5 square we want to push the pawn onto. What is best move for black when the knight comes out on this move?

  16. 11:49 why opponent castle?? he will play g3 attacking my queen then my rook gone and this plan fail

  17. Hello.It's not a King gambit for black, it's a Vienna gambit for black. And you did a great tutorial, thx ^^
    I'm gonna try it, it seems really fun to play.
    Actually I'm playing the Fred opening, it's terribly fun but not safe at all 😀

  18. What do you do if you play knight to c3 of the bat and they play bishop to b5 pressuring your knight?

  19. How do I defend if opponent plays their knight and pawn but then plays bishop to b5?

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  21. For that one opening you couldn't pronounce, it's pronounced "Rousseau", glad I could help!

  22. We didn't find this video. This video found us.

  23. I just played a game where my opponent did exactly this setup (9:55) against me, it was brutal

  24. SmallFish for iOS shows 4.d4 the best move for white.

  25. Great video! Although 11:47 if white goes g3 it’s pretty devastating….though visually it looks very natural for white to castle instead!

  26. After 1-) e4 e5, 2-) Bc4 NF6, 3-) f5 exf5 white can play Nd4 instead of Ng1, if black captures Nxd4, white's Qh5+ is crushing

  27. The correct pronunciation for the word Rousseau gambit is RHOUS-SEA-OWW GAMBIT!!! Thank u for the informative video on how the black pieces destroy the white pieces on the board with such ease! THANKS AGAIN GRAND MASTER! "PEACE NA'KYE"

  28. just used it against a van't kruij opening and got a resignation in 11 moves

  29. plz show the variations if opponent plays d4 instead of d3 (7:49 in the video)

  30. i saw alot off chess channels, but all of theme is not much educational like you, thanks

  31. Cat takes shelf looks pretty devastating as well

  32. GM,Is this not otherwise known as Queens gambit? The only difference is the cf6 ,no? Is played from the defensive point of view instead?

  33. I have to admit, I loaded this into Chessbase and looked for games and the record didn't look good. But I played black against an equally rated 1100 and this setup came into play. It was my highest accuracy game ever, landing me at a 97.8% accuracy with what could only be described as a complete domination. You earned my sub. 🙂

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