5 Best Chess Opening Traps in the French Defense

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the 5 best chess opening traps in the French Defense, which happens after the first moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5.

An interesting thing about these traps is that even the world champion Magnus Carlsen fell for one of these traps, not just once but TWICE! And most of these traps are suitable even at the top-level players.

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00:00 Introduction
00:09 Trap-1: Magnus Carlsen fell for it
01:46 Carlsen got trapped twice
02:22 Trap-2: Series of threats
03:52 White has to be careful
04:59 Can you find the winning move?
05:17 Trap-3: For Black in Advance Variation
06:59 Playing aggressively
08:45 Trap-4: GM Igor Smirnov’s favourite
10:44 The killer double attack
11:39 Trap-5: Tarrasch Variation
13:33 Mind-blowing tactics 
14:41 Secrets of Strong Chess Players

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41 Comments

  1. 00:00 Introduction

    00:09 Trap-1: Magnus Carlsen fell for it

    01:46 Carlsen got trapped twice

    02:22 Trap-2: Series of threats

    03:52 White has to be careful

    04:59 Can you find the winning move?

    05:17 Trap-3: For Black in Advance Variation

    06:59 Playing aggressively

    08:45 Trap-4: GM Igor Smirnov's favourite

    10:44 The killer double attack

    11:39 Trap-5: Tarrasch Variation

    13:33 Mind-blowing tactics

    14:41 Secrets of Strong Chess Players

  2. Thank God I don't play French like this. I mean I let white attack me first. They usually make mistakes. Anyways at my level many people make mistake! Bit scary video for French players like me.

  3. Id say king e2, however i feel like its still going to be a hard fight. Just keeps the rook around. No matter how much they check you dont go back to e1.

  4. Very good lesson and clever ideas👌👌👌💪

  5. So Kd2 I the correct answer Because after white plays a move for example Qh3 Rg1 is unstoppable mate!

  6. No greek gift sacrifice and the queen trap in the two knights variation?

  7. 04:59 Can you find the winning move? Yes, Qf3 followed by O-O-O and then R(h)g1.

  8. cool video's thanks! somehow I often times playing against the French, ill have to study these traps a bit and see if I can integrate them into my games 😊👍

  9. Qf3 Qxf3 Rg1+#

    Or

    Qf3 Qg6 0-0 then after Castle Rhg1 ,Queen Less

  10. 1.Qf3! Now, if 1…. QxQ, then 2.Rg1# or if 1….QxR, then 2.QxQ, Black loses its Queen. and White is winning.

  11. Qf3 Qg6…000 Ra or Rhg1 is unstoppable on the next move.

  12. Qh5 ,Qxrh1 +Kd2 ,QxrA1 + Qh5 then black no defence move

  13. Qf3 is the only winning move they can't take because of mate and if they go back to g6 then castle results in a completely winning position for white, Kd2 loses the pawn with check and the bishop gets forked and Ke2 results in a fork of the bishop after Qe4 Kd2 and if you don't give up the bishop by going Kf1 you get mated or lose your queen after Ba6

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