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.

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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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80 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed your deep analysis and learnt so much ! Thanx100🌹

  2. Igor didn’t cover the tricky 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 f5!? 4. exf5 e4 5. Nd4!
    If black takes the seemingly free knight Nxd4, there comes Qh5+ with total destruction. I’m not even mentioning 4. d4, which a lot of 1800+ rated players play instantly. Vienna Gambit a tempo down sadly doesn’t really work at higher levels.

  3. Away from chess, you are born to be a teacher. I admire your way of demystifying complex things. Greetings

  4. NC3 followed by Qe2 you did not cover, NC3 will threaten nD5 eventually also blocks d5 by black

  5. ❤Thank you❤ this video is very nice ❤

  6. A guy comes across an old friend sitting alone at a restaurant table and lost in thought. After a few minutes of talking, his friend said, "My girlfriend told me that if I take part in this chess tournament, then that's the last straw—she's leaving."

    Concerned, the guy asked, "So what are you gonna do?"

    "Well, 1.e4, of course!"

  7. At 11:43, how should black respond if white plays g3 instead of castling?

  8. Excellente !avec vous ma progression ne s'arrête jamais, merci beaucoup pour votre pédagogie et à bientôt GMI Igor.

  9. This guy takes my knight with hi bishop as soon as i offer him the Gambit. How do you respond

  10. Just subscribed to your channel now – started playing chess this week and these videos have great explanations. Many thanks from Australia

  11. That is a very calm cat in the background. 😮

  12. Rook kills my night….what should I do

  13. At 4:30 if white play Nd4 and you capture, you wind up losing the h rook via white queen

  14. At the pin moment if black Queen move e7 then just capture with the bishop at g8 with c4 bishop. Please give this explanation

  15. 1x LIKE button is NOT ENOUGH definitely….

  16. what is the name of this defence? King's gambit or Ruso defence?

  17. WHAT HAPPENS IF Pawn defends D3 you never expained@!!! please do a video on this

  18. I’m just learning chess at the moment. At 11:48 instead of castling what if white played b3? It seems to me that black would be in trouble, but as I say I am a novice.

  19. I should confess that I fall asleep like the cat

  20. I love this gambit. It is my preferred opening as black.
    I love this video and have learned more about this opening because of it! 🙂

  21. The position is wrong the white king could be in white square..

  22. If something seems wrong and you’re afraid of an opening just set up a fianchetto. I find it’s a pretty safe response

  23. What if white move knight to d4

  24. LOL, go to use this setup, and 3rd move by white blows up entire plan as he plays Pawn to d3, now if he take that pawn, and I move the other pawn up, he just recaptures with the pawn.

  25. Actually white has a decent reply after 1- e4 e5 2- Nf3 Nf6 3- Bc4 f5 4- e×f5 e5 5- Nd4! And now black obviously can't take white's night on d4 because of Qh5+. So there is no need for the night to retreat to g1.

  26. I went to chess club today and I won with this gambit.

  27. Whites bishop x black knight g1 move 4 ha ha now white has advantage !

  28. I play puzzles all the time….but when I go to play games, I have to watch this video first. Thank you. I won sooo many of my games off this trick

  29. Well i played it the first time against a Online Chess friend and he Blocked me after:( He probably thought i cheated… i will never know, but the gambit works good.

  30. You are talking too many unnecessary talk

  31. What if white attacks your knight with their light bishop and you lose defense of your e5 pawn after the trade.

  32. So, it’s because of you I was having a headache against this gambit, found you finally 😝😂

  33. Are there any good lines after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 f5 4. d3 Bc5 5. Ng5 f4 6. Nf7 Qh4 7. g3 (not covered in video, only O-O)
    I face this a lot and it seems to kill all threats and give white a simple game plan.

  34. Amazing trapps. Very good videos. Do you have all the moves in your head ? Just asking.

  35. “ … nice way to move quickly , go home , don’t bother me too much today….”
    ROFLMAO🤣
    Great sense of humor. These one liners he sneaks into all his videos are priceless!

  36. You are by far my favorit teatcher. I watch many others too, but both the production and your explanations are so good. Thanks a lot 😊

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