5 Best Chess Opening Traps in the Italian Game

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🔹 7 Best Chess Opening Traps –
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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will share with you the 5 best chess opening traps in the Italian Game for both White and Black. The Italian Game is a family of chess openings beginning with the moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4.

These traps are easy to learn and you can incorporate them in your own games easily. Also, the traps are from the most common and popular lines (and variations) from this opening.

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00:00 5 Best Opening Traps in the Italian Game
00:26 Trap-1: White’s pawns vs Black’s pieces
04:21 Trap-2: Mind-blowing kingside attack
07:00 Trap-2: if White plays immediate Ng5
09:39 Recap of the crushing attack
10:18 Trap-3: Old, smothered checkmate
11:56 Trap-4: Italian Game: Classical Variation
13:59 Can you find the winning move?
14:32 Trap-5: Winning trap for White

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144 Comments

  1. ► Chapters

    00:00 5 Best Opening Traps in the Italian Game

    00:26 Trap-1: White's pawns vs Black's pieces

    04:21 Trap-2: Mind-blowing kingside attack

    07:00 Trap-2: if White plays immediate Ng5

    09:39 Recap of the crushing attack

    10:18 Trap-3: Old, smothered checkmate

    11:56 Trap-4: Italian Game: Classical Variation

    13:59 Can you find the winning move?

    14:32 Trap-5: Winning trap for White

  2. I hope I finally remember these lines! Lol 👍

  3. 11:23
    Ae2?? …
    Its a mistake
    You have to defend with your queen

    Qe2 ….
    Black doesnt have enough pieces to keep attacking, maybe if he had another knight or a tower supporting the attack

    Srry for my english

  4. Qxf7 pinning rook and back rank checkmate with Re8

  5. Igor, what do you think of
    1) The Italian Gambit (4.d4!?) or
    2) The line 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.O-O Nxe4 7.cxd4 … – you did not mention these 2 lines in your video.
    Thanks for your thoughts (or maybe even for another video on these 2 lines?)
    Regards, D.

  6. 12:45 at most they not retreat the bishop but instead push exchange by moving their knight to a5. How to deal with this option

  7. Another variation:
    Re8 Rxe8 (or else they loose it)
    Qf7+ Kh8
    Qxe8#

  8. Winning move at 14:32 is Re8 KxR is forced (anything else is losing badly as well), Q delivers mate 🙂

  9. 14:24 I would go E4 to E8. After they take my rook (F8>E8) (if they dont take the rook on E8 then the rook on E8 is taking the rook on F8 next move and checkmate is coming anyway), then my I take F7 with my Queen (Check), they have to move their king away to safety (king to H8) and now I take their rook on E8 with my queen delivering Check Mate). Was that the best solution?

  10. "Why not send this knight to F3 and white thinks they'll be perfectly fine, and black said No" @9:03 hahahahhahaa

  11. 3…Nd4 is hopeful. White should play 4.Nxd4 and be clearly better, not 4.Nxe5.

  12. Thanks Sir. Italian game is my favourite opening.

  13. On the challenge
    QF7, rook recaptures, rook E2 check mate because F2 rook is now pinned and king is back rank mated

  14. Hi Igor Smirnov i have a question about your courses. Is it good idea to learn at the same time more courses or just one and then add another?

  15. the best move at 14 : 25 is rook to E8 then rook takes rook at E8 next queen takes pawn on F7 pinning the rook and the king and for black king to H8 is the only logical move next queen takes rook at E8 delivering a beautiful check mate !!!!!

  16. At 2:05 doesn't black still have Knight to a5 to prevent the loss of material?

  17. 1.Qxf7+, Rxf7 2.Re8+Mat OR 1.Qxf7+, Kh8 2.Qxf8+Mat

  18. Qxf7 and the black rook will step into a pin and rook e8 is checkus matus

  19. hat moment… when you think you know all the opening traps… and you see new cool opening traps again 😀

  20. Best traps, best chess YouTuber, because there are always variants which I haven't seen yet

  21. why not just go bishop d4 and get that first pawn

  22. Awesome video! Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks Smirnov

  23. At 9:10 it seems possible for white to avoid check mate by moving its kings rook to E1 so that its king can escape to F1

  24. Your channel and chessvibes have taught me the most of any other chess channel, great work

  25. what happens after 9.h4 ? in that case the engine just says its a draw again

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