Crush the Scandinavian Defense in 8 Moves! [TRAPS for White]

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will teach you how to crush the Scandinavian Defense as White in just 8 moves! On top of that, he gives a complete overview of this opening gambit which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.b4.

White sacrifices the b-pawn for a quick development and sharp attack. It comes with some really nice traps that most chess players fall into. You will also learn how to outsmart and crush your opponents who are aware of the trap and don’t fall for it.

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00:00 Crush the Scandinavian Defense in 8 Moves!
00:41 Aggressive Gambit 4.b4
02:29 If your opponent falls for the deadly trap
05:10 DON’T make this mistake!
07:03 If your opponent is aware of the Bxf7+ trap
09:06 Funny trick: if Black plays a6 to kick Nb5
09:40 Black’s best defense against the gambit
11:08 Brilliant tactical combination!

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  1. But what do you play if the knight does go to a6?

  2. You're the best chess teacher on YouTube.. thank you for everything! It's been so fun learning lines like this for the first time in my life – this video and how to crush scholars mate attacks have actually enabled me to play blitz. I watch 3 or 4 times then practice each variation.. seeing such amazing results

  3. Really enjoyed that and have learned a lot from your channel. I've been telling my friends about this.

  4. knight to c3 then pawn to a3 seems to shut all of these down. Is there a play if this happens?

  5. Below a 1000 blcks next move after pawn takes is always to give a check. 99% of the time

  6. I just played the knight to the side of the board instead of protecting the pawn with the queen and my opponent resigned

  7. what do you do if they end up putting the knight on the edge of the board

  8. I play the Scandi often and I’ve run into the traps and I can tell you that the Scandi is solid once your knight's are out and covering each other. These traps for white hardly ever work against me in Rapid

  9. I play the Scandinavian defense with stockfish and could hold my weight vs you Igor trying all these traps

  10. you are the best chess youtuber i just played this trap and it worked thank you very much

  11. You didn't cover Na6. First thing an opponent played against me and I got crushed. It's the move with the highest WR for black, so would be nice if you covered it. Other than that thanks for the good content πŸ‘

  12. What if your black and play scandal avians defense but they pass pawn instead of capture

  13. Can any one tell me what to do if the opponent plays knight to a6 ??? Like seriously the whole plan is ruined I don’t think it’s a tactical disadvantage

  14. I love Igor and his channel is the best. But as he says, beware… Im cca. 2070 on Lichess, and it didn't turn out well for me. If black plays e6, the whole white bishop becomes pretty useless.

  15. What if they just check after knight?

  16. what if black king goes d8 and doesn't take the bishop?

  17. 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 { B01 Scandinavian Defense: Main Line } 4. Bb5+ c6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Ne5 cxb5 7. Qe2 b4 8. Nb5 Nc6 9. Nc4 Qd8 10. Ncd6+ Kd7 11. Nxf7 Qb6 12. d4 Rg8 13. O-O e6 14. Re1 Nd8 15. d5 Nxd5 16. Ne5+ Ke8 17. Bg5 Nf7 18. Rad1 Be7 19. Qh5 Bxg5 20. Qxf7+ Kd8 21. Qxg8+ Ke7 22. Qf7+ Kd8 23. Qf8# { White wins by checkmate. } 1-0

  18. As a scandinavian player, I have to say I never encountered this since my second move is always Nf6, which leads to different variations all being very sharp, and most of the time it's white that has to be careful.

  19. And what to do against motherfuckers who don't know the theory after 2nd move ? They play Scandinavian just to give me a check on their third move …..

  20. The beads … say … pawn … ugg … ouch … B4

  21. They give check after capturing e4 pawn form

  22. After nb5 e6 is natural move to stop bishop this trap failed

  23. 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 { B01 Scandinavian Defense: Valencian Variation } 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bd3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Bf4 Nc6 9. Qe2 a6 10. O-O-O Nh5 11. Be4 Qe7 12. Bg5 Nf6 13. Bxc6+ bxc6 14. Ne4 Bb6 15. Ne5 Bb7 16. Qf3 1-0

  24. 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 { B01 Scandinavian Defense: Main Line } 4. d4 e6 5. Nf3 Bb4 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. Bxc3 Qh5 8. Be2 Nf6 9. O-O O-O 10. Ne5 Qg5 11. f4 Qh4 12. Be1 Qh6 13. g4 g5 14. fxg5 Qxg5 15. Bd2 Qg7 16. Qc1 Ne4 17. Bh6 Qh8 18. Bxf8 Kxf8 19. Rxf7+ Ke8 20. Qh6 Nd7 21. Qxe6+ Kd8 22. Qe7# { White wins by checkmate. } 1-0

  25. Great πŸ‘ .caro-Kann Defense video please. Thanks

  26. You're a great teacher.
    Thank you; much respect!

  27. 4:58 It looks as though trading 3 minor pieces for the queen which usually is losing: after Bd6, Kxd6, QxA5, b6, it looks like the knight is not protected and also the queen is under attack as well but there is a resource here, Ne8+, Kd7 and then Qe5 protecting the knight and attacking the rook in the corner.

  28. You can do all this without sacrificing the pawn on b4 I think?

  29. At 4:55 you show a line where white can win black's queen, but it will cost white THREE pieces to achieve that. It's not exactly an automatic win. White is going to have to work for the win.

  30. In the beginning of the gambit if you go knight b5 1:36 and they go knight a6 to protect, is the gambit lost? How do you get rid of that night that’s always protecting the forking square for king and rook plus queen is aligned with knight so no opp for any traps it seems

  31. Thank you very much because I now know how to crush this annoying opening that my friend knows

  32. My Scandinavian players never ever play the queen to A5 after taking the pawn

  33. Fr I used this tactic and black took Knight and I took his queen with bishop. I went on to blunder badly and win on time.

  34. But Maestro, please, what is best if Black DOES play …5 Na6?

  35. Wow my opponent played Queen to C5 protecting the fork and getting his queen to safety

  36. If he doesn’t take pawn b4 first place is trap over and failed?

  37. I can't set up my Scotch gambit with this Scandinavian defense.but I still go for ruy lopez.if black plays knight to f6… and i play for a deep end game..😊

  38. Coach is always coach..and they smile when they plays with grandmasters,they teach each others win or lose.😊

  39. Excellent video!! You do an awesome job explaining moves and strategy, you sir, are a rock star.
    Thank you.

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