6 Best Chess Opening Traps in the Alekhine’s Defense

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov is presenting to you the 6 best chess opening traps in the Alekhine’s Defense, which happens after the moves: 1.e4 Nf6.

Black tempts White’s pawns to go forward to form a broad pawn centre, with plans to undermine and attack White’s structure later in the spirit of hypermodern defense. White’s imposing mass of pawns in the centre often includes pawns on c4, d4, e5, and f4.

The traps that Igor is presenting to you are easy to implement in YOUR games. No matter what Black plays, your moves almost remain the same.


  1. 13:11 Instead of 2Nd5 my opponent plays 2Ne4.
    I’ve replied with d4 and as I’m checking Black’s possibilities I would say that 3.. d6 leads to a lot of pressure on the Night.
    3..f6 could even lead to losing the Rook. Are we talking trap number 7 here? 😮

  2. I'm looking for a trap I found before after 1.e4 Nf6
    2.e5 Nd5
    3.c4 Nb6
    4.a4 d6

  3. You won't believe it right before a 3 min daily tourney on lichess, I only had time to learn the first trap and it worked so well. Time learn the rest. Thanks

  4. Amazing! Thank you for all you are doing for the chess community!
    These are 6 traps for white to do when black does Alekhine's defense.
    Other than the Alekhine gambit, are there any traps for black to do in Alekhine's defense?

  5. At end play Queen check then take his rook. You will lose 2 pawns.

  6. Very good analysis Very Very useful information excellent for tournament players

  7. I watched this cuz I wanted to start playing this as black… now I don’t think I will 😅

  8. At 7:37, your comment seems to imply Black is getting out of trouble. However,, doesn't Qa4+ simply win the knight?

  9. An guy smashed me with alekheines defense so i need to return the favour

  10. Great video and very well explained, thank you!

  11. My name is Ahmed
    I like the manner you teach us chess
    Very professionally done

  12. I must say most beginners will kick the bishop as soon as it moves to g5

  13. I won a cool blitz game using your first trap!
    1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. c4 Nb6 4. c5 Nd5 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 d6 7. Bg5 dxc5 8.
    Qb3 b6 9. Rd1 Nd7 10. Bc4 f6 11. Bf7# 1-0

  14. i like playing gambits and traps, now i know what to do when my opponents choose then alekhine's. . i hope you make again other opening traps in french, caro-kann, scandinavian, etc. thanks.

  15. dang i played Alekhine's defence without knowing and my opponent resigned ☠️☠️☠️☠️

  16. Not so easy .like you move …the best move black you not mrntion

  17. Can Simone explain me why black does not play pF6 to block bishop in first scenario ???

  18. Thank for teaching us how to kill our opponent in a nice way! 😉

  19. I accidentally used Alekhine defense and won 😅

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