7 Best Chess Opening Traps in the English Opening

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will be sharing with you the 7 best chess opening traps in the English Opening, which happens after White’s first move 1.c4. Some of the victims of these traps include the top grandmasters (and also world champions) such as Anatoly Karpov, Sergey Karjakin, etc.

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  1. It’s physically impossible for anyone but an Eastern European to laugh like that

  2. At 5:06 if black moves rb8 you wouldn’t be able to capture the bishop unless you’re willing to give up your queen.

  3. Around 11:00, I can't imagine why black played …Nd4. Yes, it's a forward move, but I don't see a threat or purpose for it (never mind that e3 shuts it down easily.)

  4. 1:41 why doesn't black play Ng6 or Bg6. Sure, white will recapture the pawn and can trade but material will be equal won't it? What am I missing?

  5. N-c2 looks best but after K moves: QxQ …KxQ: NxR the knight will be trapped so you only win the exchange. But Nxe4 will win a piece. white captures the Q then N-c2 wins it back.

  6. Igor you are just awesome. We are improving our chess and having fun with these traps thanks to you πŸ™‚

  7. Knight takes e4. If Queen takes Queen then knight to C2. Am I right?

  8. Erase the writings onthe chess tutorial

  9. Okay I got it on 13:39 black to move so knight takes the knight on E4 then then white queen will take the black queen then black knight to C2 forking the king and the queen. ending black is up with one material.


  11. 5:04 Is it just me or can the rook move to b8 at put you in bad position.

  12. Very nice πŸ‘πŸ™‚πŸ†—πŸ‘Œβ˜ΊοΈπŸ˜Š

  13. Thank you very master, keep safe always

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  15. what ever happened to the promised follow up to this video? NEED MORE TRAP IDEAS! thanks Igor.

  16. I feel like Nc2 is best, if white goes Kd1 then black Qb2, white takes knight on c2 with queen, black takes rook on a1 check, white moves queen to block or moves king, then black goes Qa1 to Qe5 taking the knight. End up taking a pawn, rook, and knight losing a knight. Alternatively if white moves Ke2 after black Nc2 then black still goes Qb2, white could move Qc1 to protect the rook, then black Qe5 taking the knight and pins the second knight, then depending whether white takes the knight on c2, black can take rook in a1, if white doesn't take the knight on c2 then black can move the knight back to e4 check, white moves king and then black can take the second knight e4 with either the queen or it's knight on f3.

  17. Why does Bg2 not stop the checkmate by black?

  18. In trap number 2, you didn't mention that after pawn takes b7, black can think that he is able to put the rook in b8 pinning the pawn to the queen… The funny thing is that after pawn captures the bishop it promotes and it is a check, so the rook has to take it anyway πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    The video is so awesome by the way

  19. β€œβ€¦and now it’s time to resign.” 🀣

  20. can you do video about english openning

  21. 13:46 I think it`s Nc2+ Forking the King and Rook and when Kd1 we trade the queens and take the rook on the next move!

  22. Ke4, queen exchange, Kf1 knight fork 🍴 check

  23. In the first game you said tha Nd5 then what about Nb4 ??

  24. at 6:30 "… but you kick it away anyway …"
    since the knight can't move, it seems a knights trade can be offered by pawn to e3.
    Yes black would get a pawn advantage, but won't be able to checkmate immediately

  25. Before I watch this vedios, I rated 1700 lichess but When I understand this openning and play 20 games I rated 1900. This is a really story.

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