The BEST Chess Opening Against 1.e4 | TRAPPIEST Gambit for Black

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

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov talks about the most trickiest and trappiest chess opening gambit for Black against 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.

This gambit has a lot of tricks and traps along the way which helps Black to win within just 10 moves in these lines. GM Igor Smirnov also answers the most common questions asked by the students, walks through the most common responses of White, and shows you how to punish them.

► Chapters

00:00 Rousseau Gambit for Black
00:28 General ideas for Black, why 3…f5
02:11 1) If White plays 4.Nc3
02:39 2) If White plays 4.Bxg8
05:52 3) If White plays 4.exf5
09:37 How to find the best moves in any position?
09:57 4) If White plays 4.d3
13:23 Quiz for you: Can you find the best move?

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  1. I look at this and I tell u know lie that not only did I find a way to save your queen I found a way to put black in trouble peep bishop takes pawn on F4 treating the queen also, black takes it back with pawn on E5, now white pushes pawn to threaten the queen, black queen takes pawn leaving white queen to take the pawn and get out black’s bishop way.

  2. You such a Gem of person
    From Egypt with love 💖

  3. f4 to cut off the White king side fails to Nxe5, and if Nxe5, then d4 regains the piece for White? Igor, can you comment about this?

  4. there are 2 options:
    bishop F4- pawn H4
    queen G3

  5. Thanks, but could you give the continuation with d4?

  6. i absolutely love this guy
    really helpfull , thank you

  7. On 2:26 why he said that it is resignable I dont understand because white has losen just one piece so how?

  8. Thanks, man. This is a great opening. You're fun to follow. Keep it up!

  9. This is great. I've been finding it difficult responding to this opening by white

  10. Does d4 work for white immediately after …f5?

  11. ► Chapters

    00:00 Rousseau Gambit for Black

    00:28 General ideas for Black, why 3…f5

    02:11 1) If White plays 4.Nc3

    02:39 2) If White plays 4.Bxg8

    05:52 3) If White plays 4.exf5

    09:37 How to find the best moves in any position?

    09:57 4) If White plays 4.d3

    13:23 Quiz for you: Can you find the best move?

  12. This gambit is so powerful and tricky. It is so effective to gain free elos!

  13. I picked up this this opening as my rebuttal to the Italian after your last video on it and it has served me well, gaining lots of ELO, but here is a warning for anyone who wants to play it. This line is very very complicated, and there are a ton of best moves that are totally unintuitive.

  14. Nice .. thank you.

    For the quiz. Qg3 can cause a pause in the attack

  15. Kindly reduce lengthy explanation and stick to demonstration.

  16. To answer the puzzle question: 1.h4! Qxh4 2.g3 leaves White hanging on, but Black is still better.

  17. 1.Qg3 looks like the way to go. White can take Black's Queen if 1. … fxg3 and if 1. … Qh5 or Qg6 then 2.Bxf4 leaves White down two pawns for a piece but White is not getting immediately mated.

  18. You said that and i quote '' The good move is another one, we gone talk about that in a moment'' and you have never mention it. The move d4

  19. Looks a bit like the Schliemann's defense with the f-pawn gambit and the e-pawn push.

  20. For the quiz I considered h4 but tbh I would probably play queen takes bishop, the reason is that white is lost already so why not at least get some material for the queen.

  21. Qg3 since the pawn on f4 is pinned. If fxg3 then Bxg5. Black has still a strong position. If the black Queen goes somewhere, then either QxBg4 or Qh4 depending where the black Queen goes to.

  22. Another Great lesson 👍 thanks GM. Igor Smirnov.
    Mostly scenario of chess games went this way, I guess.

  23. Igor, thank you for all your great videos! In this video, at 9 minutes 24 seconds into the video, what if white, instead of 1. Nd2, plays 1. B x d5 check?

  24. After f5 BxNg8 I was pulling for fxe4 hitting Nf3 so black can retain castling but after Bb3 exN Qxf3 White threatens mate and Qe7 is kinda ugly with no d5 available… but a knight sac after f5 BxNg8 fxe4 Bb3 d5!? Gives black a big positional edge, easy development and the knight has to retreat….

  25. Indeed, a the great Kings gambit for black: Rouseaux.

  26. Thanks or this video, i won a game in 15 moves with them resigning after i sacrificed my queen

  27. I lost my match using this against a 1183 fide rated 💀

  28. יהונתן אטיאס says:

    Is Kh1 the move?? It opens a counter attack on the queen

  29. Have been using the Rousseau, Lucchini and Jaenish (against Ruy Lopez) gambits for about six months now. It's a lot of fun, and can be effective in faster time formats. Also great because I'm a Vienna player as white. I do sometimes get myself in trouble as I'm a Caro Kann player usually… and there's lots of patterns I don't yet recognize or know with d5 defence.

  30. Great. This is by far my favorite opening and I learned it from you!.

    But I still miss a lot about the 4. d3 Bc5.
    There are so many options more common than the ones presented. One is 5. Be3, ok no more attack plans (at least for this newbie here), another is if the proposed combo after 5. Ng5 lands and the opponent instead of castling does the very very natural defense with pawn g3 against your Queen. Again, all over.

  31. Stop saying "and the game is over" when one player loses a piece for a pawn. You're not teaching GMs here, you're teaching amateurs. We don't automatically win when our opponent loses a piece for a pawn.

  32. Isn't this just a worse Vienna gambit?

  33. Good day GM.. out of all your books where should I start.. should I start from the grandmaster secret's? Or is there any orders to where to start and finish last…. Thank you very much 💖

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