7 Best Chess Opening Traps

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designToday I will share with you 7 best chess opening traps –these traps are really easy to learn and, therefore, you will be able to apply them in YOUR games right away! 🙂 The traps that I’ve presented in the video lesson below are from a variety of popular chess openings –Sicilian, Caro-Kann, Spanish, Two Knights, and so on; and therefore, you will find them very useful:

You can find the PGNs of these traps (also Trap-4 is analyzed in greater details) below:

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  • Ding

    Hey Igor , I want to know for French ,Dutch ,Dragon opening what are you views on Simon Williams Videos .Will you recommend his videos or someone else

    • Hi Ding,

      In the past I offered the courses of Simon Williams in RCA, but the students didn’t like him very much. He produces entertaining videos, but for serious study you might want to pick someone else.

      On a side note, don’t overestimate the importance of opening knowledge. Much more often than not, improving your overall chess understanding would bring you greater progress.

      Good luck!

      • Ding

        Actually I have planned to learn opening only when I have Study other things .I will watch or study Opening in my rest time . I will spend 1 hour every day for a month on 1 opening so that it will help in digesting properly . Is it a Good plan according to you Igor ?

        • RCA_moderator

          GM Igor has a free mini-course and how much time you should spend different training methods for your improvement.
          So this mini-course will be very useful

          Prasaadh | Support

  • male Gupta

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  • Anup rajawat

    Hello Igor,Today I was doing practical part of 2 bishops where you are suggesting us to keep them on board if we keep them on board then we will not able to occupy weak squares But in weak squares lessons you are suggesting to exchange bishops to occupy weak squares I have confusion when we should keep our bishops and when we should occupy weak square you ns Is there any particular way to know in any situation. ?

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Anup,
      Thanks for the question.
      In the weak square section, Igor says to exchange opponent’s bishop since it is the main defender of weak squares and place a knight on the weak square.

      So if you have the opportunity you can exchange one of your knights for your opponent’s important bishop and put your other knight on the weak square.

      Prasaadh | Support

      • Anup rajawat

        ThanQ Prasadh but I want Igor to explain me once . I will post again this question on your new post please let him answer

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