Chess Traps #3: King’s Gambit Declined Trap

Chess Traps #3: King’s Gambit Declined Trap

Hello everybody. It’s jrobi. I wanted to do
a quick video on a chess trap in the King’s Gambit Declined and I’ve touched on the King’s
Gambit before in some of my other videos, in particularly my Exploring Bobby Fischer’s
video where I looked at his play as white in King’s Gambit accepted lines. He was a
very strong player as white in the King’s Gambit except that in–he won all of his matches
in those lines except for one. But in this video I want to focus on black’s position
and I want to talk about a possible trap that black has at its disposal. Now, as with all
my trap videos, you’ll probably find the most use for these in your blitz games. If you
play these traps in standard matches where you have a lot of time to look at positions
and your opponent has a lot of time to look at positions, they’re less likely to succeed
for sure. But this definitely has some merit in it and the reason is because generally
in blitz matches if you’re playing under really tight time controls, people don’t take a long
time to look at certain positions and if they’re unfamiliar with the position and it’s new
to them, they’re much more likely to make mistakes or even just take material that you
lay out for them as a trap. And in this position here, actually we’ll just go back for those
of you who weren’t familiar with the King’s Gambit opening. The King’s Gambit opening
goes pawn to E4, black plays pawn to E5 and then white offers up the gambit pawn hoping
to peel off one of black’s centre pawns. Now, in this position, instead of capturing–which
is completely fine to do, by the way. If you’re a black player, you can capture that pawn
and maintain a very nice position throughout the whole match if you’re careful. Now, that
being said, if your opponent is a really strong player in the King’s Gambit accepted lines
and you’re not, you’ll have to be very careful with your positional play going forward because
there are some dangers in the King’s Gambit accepted that you can get in trouble with
as a black player if you’re not familiar with them. But from here we’re not going to take
the pawn actually. We’re going to decline the offer and we’re going to play bishop to
C5. Now, bishop to C5 is going to serve two fundamental roles for black. First of all,
you’re offering up a pawn for the taking, so bishop to C5 basically you’re leaving your
E5 pawn unprotected. So if white wants, white can come in and capture this pawn for free
in the current position. Now, more importantly for black, if white does come and capture
this pawn is that bishop to C5 creates a very strong presence along this diagonal which
is going to be key as you’re going to see as we go down the line here. So if white captures
the pawn, black has a brutal attack that it can unleash on the enemy king and that’s simply
queen to H4 delivering check. So black will come in and deliver the check and white only
has two choices. White can push the king to E2, but unfortunately, after the queen comes
to E4, its checkmate. So what the white player will probably do in this position is play
pawn to G3 at which point you can come in now and deliver just a deadly fork on the
king and the rook. White will block with the queen. You can come in and take the rook and
white’s most probable move in this position is to play knight to F3 and that’s simply
because white’s going to try to capture the queen by trapping it in this position. But
unfortunately for white, this bishop here on C5 is creating a very big problem for white
and it’s basically going to make white incapable of capturing this queen by trapping it, so
this bishop here is serving a very important role in this position. So from here now as
a black player, all you need to simply do is develop another piece with knight to C6
because you want to maintain this bishop’s presence along this diagonal and now you get
another piece into the play. And from here, white’s now going to play pawn to C3, eying
up D4 to remove the bishop’s influence on this diagonal. And from here you can play
a nice little move: Pawn to D5. White will most likely capture the pawn here and even
if it doesn’t it doesn’t really matter because what we’re trying to do here is we’re just
trying to open up access to this diagonal to G4 for this bishop because the bishop to
G4 is going to force white to do a queen trade in order to take care of the positional problem
that it’s going to face. So from here, after white captures, or even if it doesn’t capture,
you can simply move the king off to F8 because the king is in check and now white will try
to succeed with its plan by blocking this bishop, but it’s too late for white because
from here now you can simply play bishop to G4. And white is in a very dangerous position
that basically forces it to do a queen trade. So from here you can trade the queens off
and now that the queens have been removed from the board you can simply come down now
with your bishop and capture on D6 and you’re going to have a very comfortable game from
this position. So what I’d like to do now is actually flip the board over and we’re
going to take a look at the trap lines from the white player’s perspective. Now if you’re
playing white and black goes into these trap lines, the best move in this position for
white is simply to play knight to F3. And after white plays knight to F3, with solid
positional play white should have a fairly decent position throughout the match. And
when I paired the computers off against each other in this position, white did have an
advantage and then white got into the black castle position. But the good news for the
black player is that it took white a long time to do so and that’s with perfect computer
play. And even when white got into the castle position a little bit, the computer actually
had the white queen peel off to regain the lost pawn that it has dropped earlier, and
so while there is some risk for black to lay out the trapping lines, it doesn’t provide
a crushing advantage for white right away and that’s good news for the black player
if you want to try the trapping lines in your blitz games. So I enjoyed going over the video
and I hope you guys find it useful and definitely looking forward to your feedback on that,
whether you use it as black or you see a black player use it against you and you counter
with the knight to F3. So take care. Hope you enjoy the video, and we will see you next

100 thoughts on “Chess Traps #3: King’s Gambit Declined Trap

  1. @ 4:45 what would happen if bxf3 creating the fork and forcing the queen trade. I'm not new to chess, but I'm completely new to trying to understand lines, positions and traps.

  2. Quick question, how do you set it up for a Computer vs Computer game? As in, what program do you use?

    Unfortunately I can't do that currently, and that's how I learn the easiest, is by examples.

  3. @MrJadenyuki77 If Bxf3 then Qxa1, Bxa1 and then dxc5. Now you lost a bishop for a knight, while in the other line you get a pawn more 🙂

  4. Hello jrobi ….Greetings from Greece!I am really interested in chess and i wanted to ask you something:Where did you download the analysis board from?Please tell me because i really enjoy your cool videos of chess traps…Send me a link or something and please create a trap where someone accept the free pawn you offer at your fourth video with the Queen's elephant Declined elephant trap…please answer me soon and send me a link to download an analysis board…Thanks a lot ,
    A fan of yours….

  5. i stopped before 3 mins because no one who knows plays the KG would take the e pawn — unless they are already a weak player.

  6. @paulparanoid Yes but I believe Jrobi said that it would be useful if your BLITZ games? Therefore, they don't have much time to think, but you do have a point, advanced blitz players might not fall for this trap. A good lesson to beginners. Another job well done Jrobi.

  7. @kbcw123456 – Depends on your definition of "advanced", maybe. I'm not trying to be negative – if this trap works for people, great! But in my club experience any player worth his salt who plays the KG has studied at least a bit of the theory and thus would know better than to take the e5 pawn. The KG is a non-standard opening and thus, again in my experience, is very rarely played by people without at least some book study under their belt.

  8. I am fairly new to the world of chess and I was wondering why would the pawn not jsut take the bishop on C5 instead of forcing a queen trade as I assume if you were to do what I suggested, the bishop on G4 would take the knight f3… look at 4:38 in the video if you are wondering what point i am talking about.

  9. @goldbuddah I understand that the rook could pin the queen to the king however, the knight could block the threat and so could the bishop and save the queen…

  10. What would be, if white pays at 4:05 d2 d4 ? What could the bishop do, to helpstill the queen?

    Regards from Germany 🙂

  11. @Leutwein
    Well i guess after d4 you could just play Bg4 forcing queens trade as shown and later on move dark square bishop. Th position after is quite the same.

  12. This looks very similar to the Damiano Defense (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6?!) lines after 3.Nxe5 fxe5??, only the roles of White and Black are reversed.

    Both demonstrate the danger of moving your f-pawn early. For the King's Gambit it is okay, but only if you are careful, and in this example White clearly isn't.

  13. @jrobichess at 4:45, after the white queen moves to G2, why not play the black rook to e8 forcing check. Then after white king moves to D1, the black bishop can move to F3, forcing check again (and the white queen being trapped, saving the black queen?

  14. i think the Bc5 line is very rarely seen b/c rather than play d3, he can choose between plans involving the immediate bc4 and possible attacks on the f7 pawn or the immediate c3 and d4 to gain a tempo on black's bishop on c5. either way, i think these lines offer much more promising chances for white. typically black responds with the immediate exf4 (attempting to hold on to the pawn) or plans involving d6 and maintaining the central pawn on e5.

  15. @expectabledotnet Its because the rook can come out to e8 winning the queen, the queen and bishop both attack the knight. There is a double threat to win more material. To avoid this situation the queen has to trade.

  16. after white put another pawn as a gambit..he should move knight to need to capture black pawn at 2:45..

  17. @TheUglyDuckling123 Good Move, but its more likely that White would move his king to D2 instead. What black should do instead in this position is to capture white's knight on f3, also defending the queen, allowing the queen trade to happen that way, leaving white an extra minor piece ahead.

  18. @TheUglyDuckling123 Why would blacks want to move King D1 after rook e8? If rook moves to e8, blacks could answer King f2 or Knight e5

  19. @PapaSkwah I think King d2 is not an option:

    1. King d2, QxQ
    2. BxQ, Rook e2+
    3.King moves, RxB

    and now blacks have an extra piece.

  20. @kv310 you missed king captures rook on e2. remember the knight blocks the bishop on g4, so the rook is not defended and the king just takes it. you can't take the knight either as it's defended by white's bishop, which will simply recapture and Re2 will still not be an option.

  21. to take early the queen in G2 i guess it's a mistake also? what if to take the horse on F3 by the bishop? that's a brutal advantage by the black to win a horse on F3 and the white queen will take black queen on H1 and the bisop will win the queen oh H1? or maybe the white queen won't take the queen on H1 for the survival on the future? What do you think?u

  22. En passant rule. Pawn on home rank can be taken by a pawn on left or right file at fourth line if you move it two fields.

  23. guyz black queen is pinned so it has to take d white queen and d white bishop ll take d black queen instead of doin lyk this…… bishop can take d night and then if white queen captures black queen means then black bishop can take d white queen………………

  24. Its a very interesting vid fhnks jrob, as you mention in the final part its not only the attempt to a trap but leads to a very open position for black giving it great chances.

  25. Re8 is met with Ne5 and now black has to capture the white queen. So, after Qxg2 Bxg2 and Bxd6 and you'll have reached what is essentially they same position with a knight on e5 and a rooke on e8 white to move.

  26. Alekhine showed that is not "fairly rare" at all and that was in the 20´s,imagine how modern GMs would destroy that silly "opening".

  27. you give me great technique to overcome my weakness…… i didnt know how to break king gambit….and this video give me great hlp…..tnx alot

  28. 4:45, after White queen forces the trade, why not simply capture the Knight with the Bishop? Arent we winning a piece?

  29. Lol…I used this same variation trick to trap my brother last week in a game for $50,best outa five gms, beautifully

  30. JAY,
        In King's Gambit declined trap a far superior move when white's Q goes to g7 to force a queen trade is not Black Q takes white Queen but Black bishop takes
    knight ! , (B X N !!)  which not only gives the black bishop a positional advantage @ h1 on the DIAGONAL,  BUT also gives black a free knight !, putting him in a superior position on h1 PLUS a piece(knight) up !!  If White Q to g7, B X N is your move !!  White Q certainy won't take bishop for Q X B then Q X Q !, but when B X N if White Q X Q, then bishop takes Q with superior diagonal position AND A FREE White KNIGHT from the last move to boot !!  Black is a piece up and positionally UP !
    Mark Hamann

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