The Best Chess Opening against 1…e5 | Scotch Gambit Traps

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will share with you a dangerous opening weapon for White against the first moves 1.e4 e5, which is one of the most common responses of Black. It is the Scotch Gambit (from the Scotch Opening) which arises after the following opening moves: 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4.

Instead of taking the pawn back with 4.Nxd4, White plays in gambit style, sacrificing the pawn, for rapid development and great attacking opportunities. You’ll enjoy this line a lot because it is solid, aggressive, and easy to learn.

Watch the video lesson as GM Igor Smirnov walks you through Black’s common responses: the tempting 4…Bb4+, protecting the pawn with 4…Bc5, and the more solid 4…Nf6 that gives a Two Knights Defense setup.

You will also learn a tricky line, playing the aggressive 4.Ng5, which can be used against beginner-level and intermediate players, especially in blitz games.

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► Chapters

00:00 Dangerous opening weapon for White
00:33 Tricky line for blitz games
01:46 3K+ players make this mistake
02:51 The Scotch Gambit 4.Bc4
03:26 Black plays 4…Bb4+
04:55 Black plays 4…Bc5
05:55 The key intermediate check 
07:35 Common attacking idea you should know
08:33 What if Black doesn’t play dxc3?
12:34 What if Black counter-attacks?
14:24 Black plays 4…Nf6
16:49 Attacking plan in the middlegame

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108 Comments

  1. Hey Igor. It the scotch gambit with E4 E5 Nf3 Nc6 Pd4 What will we do if the opponent plays Pd6???

  2. 4:07 you said the attack is unstoppable but can’t black just castle?

  3. Hey Igor, im a huge fan! With your help my rating went from 1150 to 1697 so far!

    I need your help AGAINST the Scotch game.

    I always play e5 in hopes of playing the Rousseau gambit and sometimes get hit with the scotch game. Can you please make a video?
    Thanks!!!

  4. i just murdured someone with this… if they bring out their queen to f6 on move 4, push the pawn to attck the queen. trust me you will win every time

  5. Can you please make a video for black how to play against the Scotch Gambit>>

  6. Hi Igor…at 4 05 the mate is nt unstoppable…after K h6,B x h6, 0-0 the black rest in game…

  7. What if instead of h6, black plays f6 ?

  8. 6:04 I saw this check with the computer and couldn’t realize the point of it! Thanks for explaining !!!

  9. In 9:43, what if Black Queen captures the pawn in d6 instead?

  10. At about 4:10 am I missing something? Black isn’t checkmated. After Black uses its night to defend the F pawn and the white bishop takes it, then Black just castles and defends the F pawn with the black rook. Black is down to piece, but it’s not an immediate checkmate. Again, am I missing something?

  11. A small error in the video 😅@GMIgorSmirnov
    4:03 you said checkmate is unstoppable, the engine says it is stoppable after kh6,bxh6,O-O but it is still +2.
    Just want to point out in case some ppl remove the queen if they are in this line🤣
    Btw I had been watching your video and thanks for teaching me

  12. Wow great video! I main 1.d4 but this has inspired me to play this opening against an IM tommorrow.

  13. My suggestion for the best opening against 1…e5 is 1 Nf3.

  14. Thanks for such informative videos on openings . My chess prospective abt the opening moves has totally changed after watching ur videos

  15. Great video, but: is mate really unstoppable at 4:05? What about pawn to d8? Maybe I am missing something…

  16. Please make videos on scotch game defence for black

  17. @ 4:13 the game is not over. Just castle and the game goes on. Am I missing something?

  18. what about 4. knight g5, h6, 5. knight f7, king f7:, 6. bischoph c4+, king g6 and after h7???

  19. Das heißt das Schachspiel hat sich damit wiederlegt. Mit dem Springerzug auf Springer g5 gewinnt weiß immer!

  20. Believe me, you're the most the most underrated chess YouTuber while explaining Gambits and openings

  21. this opening actually crushes everyone below 1000 elo I'm winning every game in 9 moves

  22. What if in the bb4 chapter if white protects the checkmate with a rook?

  23. after Bxh6 in the Be7 retreat line , doesn’t castle get rid of mate?

  24. Nice! A lot of amateur stuff (gimmicks) in the first half but I suppose its good to see for beginners. I enjoyed the second half of the video. The Haxo gambit (Bc5) and the Greco Gambit were educational. Thanks!

  25. Always analyzing lines where black ignores discovered checks and pins, etc. Of course black is always losing to your analysis. smh. I see players following your videos in their games all the time and they quickly fail when your discovered checks and pins are anticipated.

  26. Sir in 1. e4 e5 2.nf3 nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.bc4 bc5 5.c3 Nf6 6.e5 d5 7.Bb5 Ne4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2 10.Nxd2 Nxd2 11.Qxd2…What if they do not do castling what if they play Bd7 what do we do???… Thanks Sir….(:

  27. Does anyone know where are the databases he uses to see other games' opening?

  28. What if black doesn't takes the pawn at the start?

  29. Can't tell how many games I have won in bullets with this opening

  30. What if in last variation ,opponent takes knight to e7 instead of f6 what lines you recommend?

  31. Great instruction as always. But nobody EVER takes the D4 pawn…

  32. This is great. Is it possible to get a video on how best to defend against it???

  33. My favorite opening! Thanks for clear explanation

  34. That's why I don't play 1. …e5 as black in response to e4 because the evil opponent might execute a scholar's checkmate where I'm totally unaware of it lol.

  35. I had this played against me today and thanks to this vid I played the correct Kg6 and went on to win thanks to the extra piece 😂

  36. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Bc5 { C44 Scotch Game: Haxo Gambit } 5. O-O a6 6. Re1 b5 7. Bd5 Bb7 8. Ng5 Nh6 9. a4 f6 10. Qh5+ g6 11. Qxh6 fxg5 12. axb5 axb5 13. Rxa8 Bxa8 14. Bxg5 Be7 15. Qg7 Rf8 16. Qxh7 Bxg5 17. Qxg6+ Rf7 18. Qxf7# 1-0

  37. triple attack e7 by moving white knight to d-5 (nevermind queen takes LOL!)

  38. ► Chapters

    00:00 Dangerous opening weapon for White

    00:33 Tricky line for blitz games

    01:46 3K+ players make this mistake

    02:51 The Scotch Gambit 4.Bc4

    03:26 Black plays 4…Bb4+

    04:55 Black plays 4…Bc5

    05:55 The key intermediate check

    07:35 Common attacking idea you should know

    08:33 What if Black doesn't play dxc3?

    12:34 What if Black counter-attacks?

    14:24 Black plays 4…Nf6

    16:49 Attacking plan in the middlegame

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