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.

► Chapters

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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  1. What do you do when the Bishop captures the Knight on G1 right away? I can't find anything!

  2. Some comments and experience (from Bullet games):
    – After 4. d3, I frequently win with the reverse scholars's mate in bullet games. The opponent just becomes tunnel visioned on the kinght attack on f7 that he does't see the checkmate threat
    Even if the opponent stops the scholar's mate, he usually goes down quickly ahortly after.

    – After 4. exf5 e4 5. Qe2, I have gotten the Queen win with the discovered check only once in many games. Somehow the position never arises

    – I always play Nf6 asap. If white's queen comes to h5, ot always ends badly for me.

    – I have seen some white players play 4. Bxg8. This seems to be a good defence against this gambit for white, as removing Black's knight takes the sting out of the whole gambit and white can immediately follow up with Qh5, hitting the pawn on h7

  3. A problem I have encountered with it is that it if you move the Black pawn up to threaten the Knight, once it's jumped away, it leaves the h5 square open for White's Queen leading to Qf7 mate — bc of the Bishop still on c4.
    3. ex56 e4 4.Ke6 KxK 5. QH5+ Kf7 6. Qf7# Mate.
    So I'd recommend playing d5 bfore e4 to block that Bishop.

  4. what to do if white play knight c3 instead of pawn d3,(time 5,22)

  5. Howcome in line-4 4.d4 whites best response, you dont show what to do if they move their pawn forward, i.e. the best move ? Can you show that line vs white doing everything best after the 4th move. thank you!

  6. Lesson was good but Please clear your throat

  7. What if he play kc3 insted after pawn e5. No variasjon

  8. If 4. exf5 e4 5. Nd4 white cannot take the Knight on d4 because 5. …Nxd5 6. Qh5+!. Evaluation for white is +1.5 at the minimum in this position.

  9. Bishop/Knight exchange on White's 4th move kills it.

  10. I just won with the knight and bishop fork XD thats why Sole theory is good

  11. What if he, rather then knight F3, does kight c3?

    u gained a sub

  13. what is the best move for black if white plays boishop,into knight on fourth move

  14. 10:46 what if exf5? I don’t think we can revert to the original line since there is now dxe4

  15. I won a match by using line 3 technique really really useful

  16. Hi watch this video and my first game using this gambit was awesome after knight takes e4 then he played f3 pushing my knight I responded with the move queen to h4 check then the game was won easily thanks 😊 keep it Up I watch also all your videos.. 🙏

  17. if the game goes like this : 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 f5 4. exf5 e4 5. Nd4 and black takes the knight 5…..Nxd4, then 6. Qh5+ is strong for White. Black should play 5….Nf6 instead and just has equality.

  18. 4.19 looks pretty dodgy. 5. Nd4 leads to a nasty trap for black, since Nxd6 is losing after 6. Qh5+

  19. When black moved the queen to H4, instead of cattle for the white, wouldn't a better move is to move the pond to G3 and attack the queen (black)?

  20. You talk too much.. only politicians and women do that.
    We need fast action to save our data..

  21. after pawn takes pawn knight goes to d4 and if Knight takes, queen check leading black in awful position so no it's not a very good trap if your opponent was good enough.

  22. I really admire the way your teaching and it makes me feel good joel yanez from the philippines ,your fan

  23. Best chess channel ever. Thirty years later, it helped me start playing chess again. You rock, dear Igor. I am an engineer, and you approach all the variants as an engineer would. I easily follow and memorise the moves and understand the logic. The training set is too much for me, but a donation link would be great for your channel. I highly appreciate your contribution to chess fans.

  24. After pawn takes on F5 knight to D4 is brilliant

  25. I stumbled over this variation a long time ago when I was reading a book about gambit openings which covered, among others, the Latvian Gambit. It contained the rare line 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bc4 Nc6. Here I noticed that black can reach this position via a different order of moves which is the order of moves presented in this video. If I remember it right the book had the variation 4.d4 Qe7 in which black allowed Nf3-g5-f7xh8 but in the meantime took both the pawns e4 and d4, getting a very strong center.

  26. what if white plays knight d4 and the if you take the knight he plays qg5 and he will mate you in couple of moves he try to mate you or get the knight back

  27. Ive watched this a dozen times now. Still learning.

  28. I see a lot of White Bishop to B5 instead of C4, any suggestions when that happens? Is there a pattern to follow that can be simple enough to use when we get that instead of the C4 that we kind of hope to get? Thanks

  29. Speechless, I have won a couple of game using these videos…thank you

  30. At 12:47, what if the rook doesn’t take blacks knight and instead play Qf3? Had this happen in a game of mine

  31. This gambit seems to be the great response to this irritating fried liver attack.
    Thx man!

  32. Something I dislike about all his videos, he always assumes the opponent does not know what they're doing, with comments like "your opponent will not have seen this" "they will not know how to respond". You should always assume that the person you are playing is a grandmaster.

  33. They always do knight to c3. Not the bishop

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