5 Best Chess Opening Traps in the Queen's Gambit

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov presents to you the 5 best chess opening traps in the Queen’s Gambit, which follows the move order 1.d4 d5 2.c4. The gambit (pawn sacrifice by White) when declined by Black with 2…e6, we arrive at the variation Queen’s Gambit Declined. In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov covers the traps for both continuations 2…dxc4, when Black accepts the gambit, and 2…e6, when Black declines the gambit.

Also, he shows the traps for both White’s and Black’s sides. Some of these traps are classical, which you may have seen already if you are a more advanced player and have used them to surprise your opponents.

And what is special about all these traps is that you can play them ‘freely’ – meaning that even if your opponent is smart enough not to fall into these traps, it won’t affect your position in any way. You can just continue playing normal moves, and the position would be balanced.

Spoiler alert: The fourth world chess champion, Alexander Alekhine, actually missed to see one of these traps.

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  1. Why does the king have to take the bishop at f6 when the queen defends? Why not move to d8?

  2. I'm very interested in your style of play or play I live in Reno since 85 I had AI had a rating of 1800 and I bought just recently a chess game grandmaster chess were the pieces moved themselves that I was dying to get I can't wait to play it but where I'm living right now I can't I don't want to get into that but I don't want nobody messing with this game in any case I do plan on getting back into the game join a club Get back into the chess federation and hopefully start playing some tournaments even though I'm 76 years old I can still play the game I thought my kids should play the game Life is a chess game all you gotta know is the rules and make your best move More than happy to join your organization thank you Michael.

  3. Your videos are more informative than Gotham Chess. Your explaination of moves are perfect. Gotham Chess are full of Crap. I don’t recommend watching Gotham Chess Videos

  4. wow! mind-blowing traps especially the last one!! cant wait to use them on my stupid friend that usually wins hahaha

  5. 1st if black queen move to c7, and the white queen catch the black rock, then black bishop in b7. White queen no moves availavle

  6. actually he can save his rock, for instance Nc6 after queen takes on c6 ,bishop blocks and now queen is protecting the rock doesnt she?

  7. Great video. The second to laat k e where Bishop was taken fo free waa epic.

  8. On that last Queens Gambit black moves pon from D5 to D4 and does not capture whites pon on C4 that is en-passit and white can capture blacks pon with side capture. Would this be advantageous in whites' strategy? And if blacks pon is a threat then why didn't white just side capture when black advanced past the capture?

  9. I knew the first one and the last one. I learned the last one as the Lasker Trap, very beautiful trap

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