Crush the Scandinavian Defense in 8 Moves! [TRAPS for White]

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will teach you how to crush the Scandinavian Defense as White in just 8 moves! On top of that, he gives a complete overview of this opening gambit which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.b4.

White sacrifices the b-pawn for a quick development and sharp attack. It comes with some really nice traps that most chess players fall into. You will also learn how to outsmart and crush your opponents who are aware of the trap and don’t fall for it.

► Chapters

00:00 Crush the Scandinavian Defense in 8 Moves!
00:41 Aggressive Gambit 4.b4
02:29 If your opponent falls for the deadly trap
05:10 DON’T make this mistake!
07:03 If your opponent is aware of the Bxf7+ trap
09:06 Funny trick: if Black plays a6 to kick Nb5
09:40 Black’s best defense against the gambit
11:08 Brilliant tactical combination!

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  1. me: plays this opening traps
    my opponent: (who also watched this video) i can see the future

  2. Most of the people I play against start giving my white checks with the Queen rather then moving it to other side what should I do ?

  3. And then black plays 2.Nf6…. Which is the reason why I always play Blackmar Diemer against Scandi. It’s also the thing I don’t want to see the most as black.

  4. How to counter if they use queen to check my king in the start

  5. Dear Sir, someone is using your videos for a YouTube channel. Pay your attention, please.

  6. what do you do if black moves the knight at a6 protecting the c pawn instead of the queen?

  7. Great video! Does anyone have a link to practice this?

  8. You talked about ka6 only for 5 seconds of the video and it was the move that @xntentacion played and destroyed Bruce trap lol

  9. Fantastic content. Can’t wait to use it. I love to PUNISH !!!

  10. the problem is that at the beginner level almost nobody goes to a5 everyone just brings their queen back 😬

  11. I'm a bit confused…. Black's king doesn't have to take the bishop to get out of check- couldn't the king just move over and ruin the attack?

  12. The problem is that even Na6 even tho looks ugly is still an ok option for black.

  13. The living cat in the background is better.

  14. but what if they put knight on a6? Cant go with bishop on c4 cant take pawn on c7. Knight doesent look good on the edge of the bord but kills all the plan.

  15. I play the Scandinavian a lot, and it would be really helpful if you made a video on how to avoid this trap.
    Thanks a lot for this video. Super informative!!

  16. First time I tried he played Nf6 after b4. (2 min game). So game over. He was not a bad player, just surprised

  17. Preparing for my school chess tournament this is very helpful thank you sir.

  18. My opponents queen went to e6 in his third move after taking my pawn

  19. i feel like a nerd but i smiled for how beautiful this was💀

  20. But what do you play if the knight does go to a6?

  21. You're the best chess teacher on YouTube.. thank you for everything! It's been so fun learning lines like this for the first time in my life – this video and how to crush scholars mate attacks have actually enabled me to play blitz. I watch 3 or 4 times then practice each variation.. seeing such amazing results

  22. Really enjoyed that and have learned a lot from your channel. I've been telling my friends about this.

  23. knight to c3 then pawn to a3 seems to shut all of these down. Is there a play if this happens?

  24. Below a 1000 blcks next move after pawn takes is always to give a check. 99% of the time

  25. I just played the knight to the side of the board instead of protecting the pawn with the queen and my opponent resigned

  26. what do you do if they end up putting the knight on the edge of the board

  27. I play the Scandi often and I’ve run into the traps and I can tell you that the Scandi is solid once your knight's are out and covering each other. These traps for white hardly ever work against me in Rapid

  28. I play the Scandinavian defense with stockfish and could hold my weight vs you Igor trying all these traps

  29. you are the best chess youtuber i just played this trap and it worked thank you very much

  30. I like to push the e pawn and turn it into a french with black down a tempo. 1.e4 d4 2. e5 c6 3. d4 c5 4.c3 etc.

  31. You didn't cover Na6. First thing an opponent played against me and I got crushed. It's the move with the highest WR for black, so would be nice if you covered it. Other than that thanks for the good content 👍

  32. What if your black and play scandal avians defense but they pass pawn instead of capture

  33. Can any one tell me what to do if the opponent plays knight to a6 ??? Like seriously the whole plan is ruined I don’t think it’s a tactical disadvantage

  34. I love Igor and his channel is the best. But as he says, beware… Im cca. 2070 on Lichess, and it didn't turn out well for me. If black plays e6, the whole white bishop becomes pretty useless.

  35. Thank you for these vids I have watched tons and it has helped me get from 800 to 1400

  36. what if black king goes d8 and doesn't take the bishop?

  37. 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 { B01 Scandinavian Defense: Main Line } 4. Bb5+ c6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Ne5 cxb5 7. Qe2 b4 8. Nb5 Nc6 9. Nc4 Qd8 10. Ncd6+ Kd7 11. Nxf7 Qb6 12. d4 Rg8 13. O-O e6 14. Re1 Nd8 15. d5 Nxd5 16. Ne5+ Ke8 17. Bg5 Nf7 18. Rad1 Be7 19. Qh5 Bxg5 20. Qxf7+ Kd8 21. Qxg8+ Ke7 22. Qf7+ Kd8 23. Qf8# { White wins by checkmate. } 1-0

  38. As a scandinavian player, I have to say I never encountered this since my second move is always Nf6, which leads to different variations all being very sharp, and most of the time it's white that has to be careful.

  39. And what to do against motherfuckers who don't know the theory after 2nd move ? They play Scandinavian just to give me a check on their third move …..

  40. The beads … say … pawn … ugg … ouch … B4

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