Chess Openings: Tricks and Traps #12 – Queens Gambit Accepted Traps (

Chess Openings: Tricks and Traps #12 – Queens Gambit Accepted Traps (

Queens Gambit Chess Opening Classic Trap Video.A very important set of Chess Traps to be aware of within the Queens Gambit. Morning all! I like to continue my series
on chess traps by looking at a wealth of potential chess traps in what is known
as the Queens gambit which is not really a gambit so it really sets the scene
psychologically for the opponent being tempted to play losing moves which is
the essence of trying to trap the opponent. So when you play d4 a lot of
you may play e4 I never actually play d4 but if you did and the opponent replies
classically with d5 if you play c4 you’re not really gambiting the pawn
because it’s quite well known that if black tries to cling on to the pawn then
black can do real damage to his or her position. And this actually demonstrates
something. A more fundamental idea actually from “The art of war” that you
really shouldn’t go on to the attack until you first put yourself beyond
defeat. And here if black really takes this pawn thinking that this is a gambit
so why can’t I just take this pawn. Now White has a very cautious move
trying to regain material with e3 and here if black really thinks this is a
gambit, then the psychology of the trap has been set. So black might want to try
and cling on to the pawn in two ways at least. Bishop e6 is not very good. It hems
in this Bishop (f8 bishop). White’s best is not trying to win the pawn now but rather to
play positionally. For example Knight to f3 and black if wanting to develop the
kingside for example Nf6 and try and do something about this bishop now
on f8. Now here white is going a big advantage with Knight g5 which is
attacking that Bishop threatening to horribly double pawns and win the
valuable bishop and for example Bishop d5 we now have e4 and this is not
very pleasant at all for black. If the bishop goes back to c6 then we can just
take on c4 so that’s not very adequate this Bishop e6 is awkward. It’s blocking
in this Bishop on f8. White’s best is just to naturally develop both knights
and aim for Knight g5 But another tempting way of clinging on
to this pawn on c4 it to play b5. Now you might think well what has the “Art of War”
principle got to do here? But we have here black trying to do something quite
ambitious. An ambitious operation of holding on to the pawn but there’s
actually fundamentally liabilities here. Black is not beyond defeat here but he’s
trying to do something quite active. These pieces are vulnerable the rook and
the knight here and it’s giving white potential undermining now of these pawns and there’s a very key move here to undermine this pawn chain which echoes
pawn chains generally that to make it collapse you try and undermine the pawn
chain at it’s exploitable base so here a4 tries to undermine this pawn
chain quickly. And together with these liabilities these unprotected pieces
this is very very difficult for black to do anything about. If a6 then we just
play axb5 and black can’t apply here because black would just lose that rook so that shows that rook on a8 is not yet protected. If only black had bishop b7
then that would have worked. Black is not beyond defeat. These are tactical
liabilities and you might think well hold on – can Black not just play c6?
Let’s try c6 well this is not good as well remember these these are tactical
liabilities unprotected pieces axb5 cxb5 And can you spot what white can
play here to exploit the a8 rook if I give you 10 seconds starting from now? Yep I hope you guessed it. Queen f-free
and it’s very very difficult for black not to lose material here. He’s forcibly
losing material. You might question this. You might ask that surely black can try and cling on to this pawn chain by making the bishop
kind of form part of the virtual pawn chain with Bishop d7 this again can have
terribly bad consequences for black. The key thing is a axb5 Bishop takes
b5 and now the crushing move for white the absolutely crushing move the most
crushing move is Nc3 especially if black is really desperate to cling on
to this c4 pawn. Black’ss best is just to get out of here with bishop c6 or Bishop
d7. But if black really wants to cling on to the pawn now with
Ba6 there’s an absolute crusher of a move here. I wonder if you can spot
it? There’s actually two moves which give quite a huge advantage. One is more
incisive though than the other so what is the most incisive way to exploit
blacks slight tactical liabilities here if I give you ten seconds here okay the most incisive way is again this
Queen f3. Here trying to shield the rook doesn’t work. If c6
can you guess what white plays in this position if I give you ten seconds here okay white just plays rook takes a6
winning loads of material winning a whole bishop. Because if black dares take then Queen takes c6 check. How embarrassing Queen d7 we can take this
rook with check and can even come back to eat the knight like this.
Horrible and funny enough there’s another way here to
exploit black’s position as well. But this is the most crushing. But there is also rook takes a6 just for the record because Knight takes a6 we can win two pieces
for the rook. But clearly it’s not as strong as the Queen f3 continuation. We’ve
only won two pieces for the rook but we are getting c4. It is a crushing
advantage but the most crushing is Queen f3 which is the most embarrassing for
black’s whole clinging on to the pawn strategy. Here Queen f3 absolutely
decisive if the knight moves for the Queen to protect the rook then we just
play rook takes a6 it just shows the “art of war” principle that you can’t really
try and do active operations until you put yourself beyond defeat. And here the
concrete aspect of that is these kind of loose pieces which can be exploited if
black is trying to cling on to this c4 pawn So this is fundamental trap territory – a
wealth of trap territory and within a very simple kind of misnamed
opening really. It’s not really a gambit the whole thing is not really a gambit
because because white is getting back the pawn unless black wants to really
really damage his position in the ways just shown. So I hope you got
something from that. Comments or questions on YouTube or Facebook welcome. Thanks very much. And please register and login at which is my chess playing site 🙂

100 thoughts on “Chess Openings: Tricks and Traps #12 – Queens Gambit Accepted Traps (

  1. I viewed this video because I was hoping to get insight on a different line. I run into people being about to successfully hold onto the c4 pawn when I play against the cambridge spring variation of QGD. Do you have any insight videos on your channel against those lines?

  2. A6 and c6 are disasters for sure however blacks 4th move instead of a6 or c6 should play Bb7 and give back the pawn. After moves like Nf3 and e5 by black striking at the center black has much better chances.

  3. This is the best QGA trap variations exhibit I've seen so far. Outstanding..
    After learning basic opening tactics and strategy, THIS, the Queen's gambit, I'm finding the most exciting opening to learn in depth.

  4. Awesome explanation, I really forgot Queens Gambit acceptance line of attack, thanks of explaining in a clear cut way, your way of teaching is fantastic.

  5. Hahaha this video has recently been described as "cheating" because it enables 1000 rated players to defeat 1300s! 🙂

  6. after pawn a4, can't black just go bishop a6 istead of bishop d7? then the rook and knight is not threatened, and the pawns are still standing safe

  7. what about if black plays c6 after Nc3 to hold on to the bishop? now if the knight moves, the rook is protected by the queen

  8. 5:35 can't just white take on c4 with bishop and after bishop takes, play queen A4 with check and attack on the enemy bishop

  9. One of the better free videos out there that describes the Traps in the Queens Gambit Accepted. Thanks for posting. – Note "I like to speed up the video, it makes it easier to watch multiple times." 😉

  10. it's the same with the king's gambit–1. e4 e5 2. f4 …
    if king's gambit is accepted 2. … e5xf4, then if black tries to hang onto the pawn, his king side is going to end up heavily weakened.

  11. Q: If b5 is played by black as a way to retain the pawn, wouldn't fiancettoing the bishop on the h1-a8 flank be really nasty for black's queen-side backfield?

  12. d4.d5, c4 dxc4, e4 b5, Nc3 c6, a4, bd7      this happend to me in a game today, how do i win back the pawn? did i do something wrong on my end

  13. Thanks KC.  Very insightful.  I would just like to have seen white's counter strategy to black trying to hang on to the pawn by playing 3………….Qd5.

  14. I've had players in 1800's make the same mistake… i am currently playing a game, my opponent rated 1831… has just made the same mistake…. Its really sad in many ways… it is a must to learn opening moves, atleast the one's most used.

    I've played lot of 1600's to 1800's blundering in Queen's gambit and Sicilian (Najdorf variation)

  15. Thank you for that, excellent video. So basically the whole idea is will he try hold onto that pawn? If he does then bad news for him.

    My question is after white e3. Lets say he sees the whole trap and say no thank you Ill just develop my Knights as per usual. If he does this do we just capture the pawn and then continue our own development? Thanks again

  16. As you say.. We can break the pawn chain, (if the black move was b5).. Simply by moving pawn to a4.. What is the best move to white, if the black captured the a4 pawn?

  17. What if after ( 1.d4 – d5 / 2.c4 – pawn takes c4 / 3.e3 – Be6 / 4.Kf3 – Kf6 / 5.Kc3 – g6 / 6.Kg5 – Bd5 / 7.e4 ) .. black move not Bc6 but he plays h6 attacking the knight and the e pawn is hanging?!

  18. Of course it is a gambit because "gambit" = An opening in chess, in which a minor piece (often a pawn) is sacrificed to gain an advantage – EXACTLY the case

  19. I love playing queen's gambit because most players take that c pawn thinking that it's free (players like below 1000) and weakening their center (for black), specifically the e file queen side, their c pawns stacks and moreso i can take back that pawn with my light squared bishop, if he focuses on defending that pawn, my development plays out and i usually win my position, now adding on to learning these traps i can play more deadly moves if black tries anything to undermine my queen's gambit accept hehe

  20. Queens Gambit is one of my favorite openings… having played it a lot I've seen a lot of these traps firsthand. One guy in particular I played (I think he was 1600-1700) flatly resigned after falling for the b5 a4 c6 variation. Question though: What if after after the first white pawn is taken, white plays e3, but then black plays Queen to d5? Nc3, sure, but isn't the Queen is safe enough on c6?

  21. Does anybody want a privat chess lesson, I am 1900+ fide rated player, leave me a message in inbox if you are interested

  22. I see that the kingside bishop of black is blocked from developing but after e3 isnt whites queenside bishop blocked too? best hope would be b2 but that doesnt make any sence because black occupies the whole center of the queenside with his pawn

  23. Old and very wellknown trap, you could see it in the Tarrash book in the first half of the twentieth century

  24. Hey at 5:52 with white's crushing move i know this isn't along the lines how you go but what if white plays rook takes bishop on a-6,  knight takes rook, queen takes pawn check, queen blocks the check on d-7, white queen takes rook check, black queen back to d-8 and white takes the a-7 pawn?

  25. when my opponents used to play these kind of opening, after d4 I respond with Nf6 leading with either Indian defense or Nimzo. For example, after responding Nf6, surely c4 for white then I will respond either g6 or e6. In these game, I will prefer e6 for Nimzo defense. After e6, most white players will surely response with Nc3, then black followed by Bb4 pining the Nc3.

  26. Kingcrusher never actually states in this video that Queen's Gambit Accepted includes many perfectly acceptable openings for black, as long as black does not try to hang on to the c4 pawn. So he's obviously right that it isn't a true gambit, but for those who haven't seen this opening, I still think it's worth mentioning that QGA is fine (though much less common than Queen's Gambit Declined).

  27. I always wonder what the dilberts who gave this video a thumbs down were thinking – then again, they must be incapable of lucid thought. 🙁 Great video and I have won many games with these traps!

  28. At time 4:42 if black pawn will be move on C6 then queen's gamebit will fail.So, at that point what next we have do for queens gamebit

  29. Join me or other Youtubers for a game: – Cheers, K
    There is now a puzzle book in 2019 for the variations in this video on the Improve Menu … Puzzle books page.

  30. what do you play if you don't play d4? The video is very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to do it!

  31. Finally after sifting through countless videos this one is fully explained and, understandable. i am now a subscriber.

  32. I play the Queen's Gambit all the time and you would be surprised how often black falls for this trap, especially below the 1500 level.

  33. I'm a total beginner, so bare with me please. At 4:42, wouldn't knight A3 be a good move too? It threatens both the bishop and the pawn.

  34. I'm only a 1200 player and an 1173 player wouldn't bite with the trap. Black wasn't trying to hold on to his pawn, he followed up with a Pe6 to bring out his bishop to attack my white Queen.

  35. sir the video was awesome. I found it really useful. And the best part is it was easy to understand. You speed of explaining is so good. Subscribed to your channel and pressed the bell icon after watching this video. And thanks for this video.

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