Top 3 Opening Traps Every Chess Player Should Know!

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the top 3 chess opening traps that are super-powerful for blitz and bullet games. It works great especially against beginner level players, but even some advanced/expert level players tend to fall for some of these traps. 

🔹 Trap-1: The first trap is for the White side in the Ruy Lopez opening (also called the Spanish game), which can be used to trick the trickster. Black sets a trap in this opening against White and GM Igor Smirnov shows you how to refute that and trick Black themselves with this interesting trap. 

🔹 Trap-2: The second trap is a really cool one for Black in the Englund Gambit, which happens after the first moves 1.d4 e5. You will learn how to exploit White’s dark square weakness on the queenside and win the game.

🔹 Trap-3: The third trap is for the White side in the Scandinavian Defense, which happens after the first moves 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5. It is surprising to see that more than 11K players make this mistake as Black and fall for this trap. Even more surprising is that most of the White players don’t know how to punish Black’s mistake. 

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► Chapters

00:00 Intro to 3 powerful traps
00:16 Trap-1: Ruy Lopez (Spanish game)
00:27 Trap that Black sets for White
01:49 White tricks Black’s 
02:28 Evil laugh
04:23 Bonus tip
06:28 Trap-2: Englund Gambit
08:28 Trap-3: Scandinavian Defense  
08:43 11K+ players make this mistake
10:43 Puzzle for you

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22 Comments

  1. ► Chapters

    00:00 Intro to 3 powerful traps

    00:16 Trap-1: Ruy Lopez (Spanish game)

    00:27 Trap that Black sets for White

    01:49 White tricks Black's

    02:28 Evil laugh

    04:23 Bonus tip

    06:28 Trap-2: Englund Gambit

    08:28 Trap-3: Scandinavian Defense

    08:43 11K+ players make this mistake

    10:43 Puzzle for you

  2. The best ever trap is the Fishing Pole. Gets 'em every time. Haha

  3. Answer to the puzzle: Bxc7, coz after Rxc7, we have a cool smothered mate. But if Qxc7, then we simply grab the queen with a check.

  4. bc7 if rook takes ne6#
    and if queen take we can take the queen with our knight

  5. BxC7, RxB, Nd6# and mate because of the pin. Or BxC7, QxB, NxQ, RxN, O-O-O, d6

  6. Puzzle: White plays Bxc7. As the queen is attacked and has no square to go to, the bishop has to be captured. Two options:

    1. Rxc7 leads to Nd6#
    2. Qxc7 Nxc7 Rxc7 winning the queen and a pawn against two minor pieces.

  7. The winning move for White is 11. Bxc7, … and Black will lose his Queen. If 11. …, RxB, 12. Nd6++

  8. Step one Laugh as loud as you can!!! Step two pretend you saw it 10 moves ago. Step three bxc7.
    Thanks Mr. Smirnov.

  9. B:c7 and black loses Q with d6 and white mate-initiative coming, or after R:c7, Kd6++
    Nice example.

  10. I would greatly appreciate if you would make a few videos on traps Black could use against different openings. My Grandson always plays White, and I, Black. It would be nice to have a few traps in my bag to unleash. He is getting older, and better, and I am just getting older, and need some help.

  11. Very nice. Thank you.
    Puzzle:-
    Bxc7; Rxc7,
    Nd6++

  12. Solution. Bishop takes the pawn on c7 (Bxc7). From there, the queen will be captured, or your opponent will lose the game. If your opponent is fearful of losing their queen and takes with the rook (Rxc7), then you move the knight to D6 (Nd6) giving checkmate. If your opponent realizes the checkmate risk and understands that they must capture the bishop with the queen Qxc7), then you simply recapture with the knight (Nxc7), and then the rook will recapture again (Rxc7) and you will be ahead by one minor piece and one pawn (+4).

  13. B x c7 and follows with check on the knight

  14. 07: 44 Hello, except it's Knightc3 that you have to play not beushop c3.

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