5 Best Chess Traps in the Italian Game
Opening traps are the easiest way to win in a flashy and short way. But you shouldn’t play to only trick your opponent! If you are a one-trick chess player, then your opponent only needs to avoid the mine and then you won’t know what to do!
That’s the reason why, if you want to trap your opponent, you need to study tricky openings but with a solid background. If you study this opening in depth, you will have lot of baits to confuse your opponent and a good knowledge of typical ideas if your opponent evades them.
Because, let’s face it, you won’t be able to win every game with silly traps!
That’s the reason why GM Nadya Kosintseva will show you deep traps in a well-known opening: the Italian Opening. But, if you want to discover more traps in other openings, you should read 5 Best Chess Opening Traps for Beginners clicking here.
After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4, the Italian Game began, and with it lots of opportunities to demonstrate your understanding of a bunch on positional and tactical ideas.
Discover the most important traps in the Italian Game with the in-deep analysis from the Russian GM.
Fried Liver Attack
One of the best-known traps, played by thousands of amateurs around the globe, the Fried Liver Attack start after the blunder 3…Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5? (5…Na5 is the correct move, with compensation for the pawn after 6.Bb5+ c6!).
Black seems to have everything defended, but in fact White can expose the opposite king with the killing 6.Nxf7! Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 (the only way to defend the Nd5). White has a great attack after 8.Nc3, followed by 9.d4!, as the Black king has no pawn-shelter.
The deep analysis the GM shows will give you all the necessary weapons to sacrifice the knight with confidence. I assure you that you will have all the fun!
Traxler Counter Attack
Nadya also want to share some spectacular traps for the Black player. So, after 4.Ng5, she analyses the sharp Traxler Counter Attack: 4…Bc5!?, letting White to take on f7!
Perhaps the most precise move is 5.Axf7+, but it’s very difficult to resist the temptation to take with the knight, forking both the Rh8 and the black queen! But, after 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+! 6.Kxf2 Nxe4+, now the White king is the expose monarch!
GM Kosintseva’s analyses show that White should play very precisely just to get a draw! Can your opponents play 4 precise moves with the clock tickling?
The Shocking 5.d4!?!
After the Italian moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Black can avoid the 4.Ng5 variation with the other main move, i.e. 3…Bc5. After this extremely popular move, Nadya analyses another shocking gambit full of traps. White should play 4.O-O and, after 4…Nf6, 5.d4!?! The pawn can be taken in 3 different ways!
The best capture for Black is 5…Bxd4 (the other options are also analyzed in the video). White’s idea is to continue with 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.Bg5!, with the idea of playing 8.f4, with lot of pressure over the Nf6. But, what happen if Black tries to unpin the knight with 7…h6 8.Bh4 g5? Then White can show his impressive idea: 9.f4!!, using his lead in development to activate all his pieces. It is not even a piece sacrifice, as after 9.gxh4 fxe5 both black knights are attacked. This position deserves a diagram.
Blackburne Shilling Gambit
This gambit is the less recommended option, and it should only be played against an unexperienced player.
This gambit starts with 3…Nd4?!, gambling the e5-pawn, which shouldn’t be taken. In fact, any other sensible move gives White a pleasant position, as Black is simply wasting time moving his knight around.
But, if White is greedy, after 4.Nxe5? Qg5! he is in real danger. Both the Ne5 and the g2-pawn are attacked, so White is forced to play 5.Nxf7. 5…Qxg2 is a real pain for White, who is already lost. After 6.Rf1 Qxe4+ 7.Be2 Black can give mate in the next move. Can you find it?
The last trap is the more sophisticated of all in the present video. It shows an important motif in the Italian, which every amateur should know: the combination of a quick castle and Bg5 is bad if Black hasn’t castle yet.
Chigorin’s punishment of this development is simply brilliant. It’s one of the game every chess fan would love to play… But you have to watch the complete free video to discover the beautiful combination (hint: a queen sacrifice is involved!)
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