The Best Chess Opening against 1…e5 | Scotch Gambit Traps

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will share with you a dangerous opening weapon for White against the first moves 1.e4 e5, which is one of the most common responses of Black. It is the Scotch Gambit (from the Scotch Opening) which arises after the following opening moves: 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4.

Instead of taking the pawn back with 4.Nxd4, White plays in gambit style, sacrificing the pawn, for rapid development and great attacking opportunities. You’ll enjoy this line a lot because it is solid, aggressive, and easy to learn.

Watch the video lesson as GM Igor Smirnov walks you through Black’s common responses: the tempting 4…Bb4+, protecting the pawn with 4…Bc5, and the more solid 4…Nf6 that gives a Two Knights Defense setup.

You will also learn a tricky line, playing the aggressive 4.Ng5, which can be used against beginner-level and intermediate players, especially in blitz games.

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00:00 Dangerous opening weapon for White
00:33 Tricky line for blitz games
01:46 3K+ players make this mistake
02:51 The Scotch Gambit 4.Bc4
03:26 Black plays 4…Bb4+
04:55 Black plays 4…Bc5
05:55 The key intermediate check 
07:35 Common attacking idea you should know
08:33 What if Black doesn’t play dxc3?
12:34 What if Black counter-attacks?
14:24 Black plays 4…Nf6
16:49 Attacking plan in the middlegame

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85 Comments

  1. If instead of Be7 black plays Bc5 white cannot play Nd2 because of BxNd4. What do you recommend? I left a 👍

  2. Wonderful opening, I will give it a trail.

  3. Thanks for this one Igor. I used to use the Italian Opening in my younger days, but you can get situations where a pawn gets in front of you strong c4 Bishop in some lines. With the Scotch Gambit, you don't have such problems. Thanks for the video on playing against it with black. I didn't realise it was as potent as that. It makes you think twice about Fried liver ideas. Thank you.

  4. Chang this opening name to Dirty Opening instead

  5. At 4:25, what about bishop A5 ? Seems like everything is better for black

  6. best thing about gm igor smirnov is he teaches variations for all possible moves until endgame sometimes, like which pawn to push in that position. i have faced almost many moves and crushed my opponents using these tactics and traps.

  7. Thank you GM for the interesting gambit. My son always enjoys watching your videos. Could you please post pirc defence for black ?

  8. Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 h6 5. O-O d6 6. Re1 Ne5 7. Be2 c5 8. c3
    Nxf3+ 9. Bxf3 Qf6 10. cxd4 Qxd4 11. Qc2 Be6 12. Bd2 Nf6 13. Bc3 Qc4 14. Be2 Qxe4
    15. Bb5+ Qc6 16. Bxc6+ bxc6 17. Qa4 Kd7 18. Qa6 Be7 19. Qb7+ 1-0

  9. Hello , thank you for this opening , can you advice i did'nt succed in this game : 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Ng5 h6 5. Nxf7 Kxf7 6. Bc4+ Kg6 7. Qg4+ Kh7 8. Qf5+ g6 9. Qf7+ Bg7 10. Bxh6 (10. Qf4) 10… Nxh6 11. O-O Nxf7 12. Bxf7 Qe7 13. Bd5 Qb4 14. b3 Qc5 15. c4 dxc3 16. Nxc3 Qxc3 17. Rac1 Qe5 18. Rfe1 Qf4 19. Rc3 Bxc3 20. Re3 Rf8 21. Rh3+ Kg7 22. f3 Qc1+ 23. Kf2 Be1+ 24. Ke2 Nd4+ 25. Kd3 Qd2+ 26. Kc4 Qc3#

  10. I have a question to minute 4:25: Bb4+ is explained as a mistake but if after the pawn exchange black plays Ba5, which is the most natural move to keep attacking c3, there is not much white can do. The bishop is covered by the knight so no Qd5 trick and white does not seem to have much compensation for the pawn.

  11. At 4:00, I don't think the queen take F7 mate is unstoppable. The knight to H6 allows castling after the bishop takes.

  12. Hello i am 800 level player and i tried this gambit against several opponents but they go for lolli variation of this gambit which is Nxd5 and i don't know the counter to it. Can you please make a video on that variation

  13. Good day Igor
    May I please ask you if it is possible to show the moves a bit slower, bacause I am a blind person and struggle a bit to keep up. Please if it is possible and I like your way of play.
    Greetings Paulie

  14. At 7:32 you can actually take the queen by moving the bishop to c7. 👀

  15. I have learned so much watching just a few of your videos. So easy to follow, understand, and remember! Thank you! New sub here.

  16. 'Even Magnus Carlsen, if you happen to face him'…almost certainly not 🤣😂

  17. Hi Igor what do you recommend against the Sicilian? I find your videos interesting and have aggressive ideas.
    All the best from Athens,
    Giorgos ( George)

  18. My unknown opponent 1600 ranked defeated me repeatedly by scotch gambit, now following your anti gambit I have come to know how to play. Thanks

  19. How does Vienna Gambit compare in effectiveness with the Scotch Gambit? Which is easier to play, with less theory? And which is more aggressive?

  20. What if after Bc4 you get a response D5? That looks like a good counter.

  21. Interesting! What's the best move, when blacks play pawn d5 (early move), to block white Bishop on c4

  22. Great video, but: is mate really unstoppable at 4:05? What about pawn to d8? Maybe I am missing something…

  23. Please make videos on scotch game defence for black

  24. @ 4:13 the game is not over. Just castle and the game goes on. Am I missing something?

  25. what about 4. knight g5, h6, 5. knight f7, king f7:, 6. bischoph c4+, king g6 and after h7???

  26. Das heißt das Schachspiel hat sich damit wiederlegt. Mit dem Springerzug auf Springer g5 gewinnt weiß immer!

  27. Believe me, you're the most the most underrated chess YouTuber while explaining Gambits and openings

  28. this opening actually crushes everyone below 1000 elo I'm winning every game in 9 moves

  29. What if in the bb4 chapter if white protects the checkmate with a rook?

  30. after Bxh6 in the Be7 retreat line , doesn’t castle get rid of mate?

  31. Nice! A lot of amateur stuff (gimmicks) in the first half but I suppose its good to see for beginners. I enjoyed the second half of the video. The Haxo gambit (Bc5) and the Greco Gambit were educational. Thanks!

  32. Always analyzing lines where black ignores discovered checks and pins, etc. Of course black is always losing to your analysis. smh. I see players following your videos in their games all the time and they quickly fail when your discovered checks and pins are anticipated.

  33. Sir in 1. e4 e5 2.nf3 nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.bc4 bc5 5.c3 Nf6 6.e5 d5 7.Bb5 Ne4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2 10.Nxd2 Nxd2 11.Qxd2…What if they do not do castling what if they play Bd7 what do we do???… Thanks Sir….(:

  34. Does anyone know where are the databases he uses to see other games' opening?

  35. What if black doesn't takes the pawn at the start?

  36. Can't tell how many games I have won in bullets with this opening

  37. What if in last variation ,opponent takes knight to e7 instead of f6 what lines you recommend?

  38. Great instruction as always. But nobody EVER takes the D4 pawn…

  39. This is great. Is it possible to get a video on how best to defend against it???

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