Chess Traps: Magnus Smith Trap (Sicilian Defense)

The Magnus Smith Trap is a common trap that you see in the Sicilian Defense (Fischer Variation). If black tries to develop his g pawn instead of his e pawn h…

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47 Responses to Chess Traps: Magnus Smith Trap (Sicilian Defense)

  1. Akili Johnson says:

    instead of playing queen a5 check what if plays pawn d5 and forks my bishop
    and knight??? O.o

  2. LordCargena says:

    this opening is call Sozin Attack. in the move 6 black can play another
    move and thats is pawn to e5, attacking the knight. another square for the
    knight in move 8 is d7. is blocking the bishop on c8 but is a better
    variation i think, and the bishop can move to b7. in the eleven move is
    interesting the variation of pawn to d5, attacking bichop and knight. then
    12. Nf6+ .Ke7 13. Bg5 (if black is dont carefull he will lose the queen
    with a discover attack of bishop, so the only move to save the queen is)
    13… Qa5+ 14. b4 Qxb4 15. c3 Qb2 (as u can se this pawn sacrifice is to
    win tempo to attack the knig, and now is a verry difficult position to
    black to defend) 16 Nd5+ (double check, so King must move and he can move
    to e8 or d7) in 16.. Kd7 17. Qxf7+ Be7 18 Qxe7++ and in 16… Ke5 17. Nc7+
    Kd7 18.Qxf7+ Be7 19 Qxe7++
    interesting trap 

  3. DrPapufu8923 says:

    At 1.50, what about pawn to e5?

  4. Jack Iles says:

    At 6:39, why not d5, forking the Knight and Bishop?

  5. Prabin Gayan says:

    If Ng4 comes , then it is told to give e6… but then if f5 comes then ????
    Knight is saved

  6. Psi Chi ClarkU says:

    If you sac the knight, pawn takes, bishop takes, e6 and you’ve lost a piece
    for a pawn.

  7. Jakerscrub says:

    At 6:30, why not play queen to c6 to put the king in check and to get the
    rook?

  8. Theodor Hesselberg Lorentzen says:

    At 6:20, instead of moving the night to e4, you can move the bishop to b5.
    If he captures you with his c-pawn, you will take his rock on a8.

  9. 3lPadrin0 says:

    +TheMagicSolution123 Bishop blocks, attacking white queen and defending
    rook with black queen. White gains a pawn but loses momentum on the attack.
    One variation to follow after bishop block could be: 1. Qe4 — Rc8 2. exd6
    – Bxd6 3. Qd4 and black castles Kingside.
    Taking on c6 is not bad but definitely not the best continuation.

  10. Thierry Reis says:

    What if at 6:23 black moves pawn to d6 and forks the knight and the bishop?

  11. Stephen Mai says:

    at 3:48 what happens to knight to e5? doesn’t that save it all cause it
    attacks the bishop and protects the f7 pawn

  12. MrSolidflame says:

    at 3:45 how come knight cant just move to Ne5 threatening both the bishop
    and defending the pawn?

  13. ArticunoHo-oh says:

    after knight moves to e4, black’s pawn can move to d5, forking the bishop
    and knight

  14. MrSolidflame says:

    at 6:25 right after Ne4, how come exd5 would not work?

  15. TheFrenchRev says:

    Can’t black equalize if he plays d5 after e4?

  16. Jens Man says:

    @europeanbamf If he moves g6 before he moved Nc6, its simple this trap wont
    work. THIS TRAP ONLY WORKS IF YOU REACH AN EXACT POSITION AS 2:16. Because
    g6 before Nc6 is actually an opening called Dragon variation of sicilian.
    Which is a stronger counter attack for white.

  17. PaladinswordSaurfang says:

    The black king is sufficient to defend the f7 pawn if only the bishop is
    defending against it. There is not much else white can attack with the
    knight defending h5 and blocking a queen attack from in front. Black does
    not need to compromise his position at 1:57. You said “there’s not much
    black can do.” Well there’s everything. Like Jrobi said “There isn’t much
    of a need to defend against the fried liver”

  18. megaguru777 says:

    @megaguru777 oh srry my bad bishop d7

  19. Davidyang5 says:

    0:54 Can someone explain why black wouldn’t move king pawn up to attack the
    knight?

  20. superpiano9943 says:

    Why doesn’t the white Queen when on f3 capture the c6 pawn, pinning the
    Rook and King?

  21. þorsteinn jónsson says:

    and after that he could be agressive with his queen and if he moves bishop
    to c7 you can move bishop to g5 and you’ve won

  22. alen crni says:

    sorry , f5

  23. europeanbamf says:

    At 1:03 what should we do if he moves g6 instead of Nc6? I tried to pull
    this trap online and I got thrown off when he decided to move his pawn
    instead

  24. DORU MATEAS Matador says:

    @ Davidyang that is one of the many moves. usualy first you develop your
    minor pieses like knights and bishops.

  25. TheFrenchRev says:

    After Ng4 and white plays e6, I think black can mitigate the situation
    nicely with f5.

  26. David Bunce says:

    @Brahninja because then white checks with Nf6 and when the king moves to e7
    then the knight can take on d5. If black takes with the pawn then white
    plays bishop g5 and blacks down his queen.

  27. Edward Liu says:

    @europeanbamf …Bd7

  28. fastestcars2011 says:

    what if on 1.12 c6 takes d4

  29. sem nome says:

    ON 3:33… NOT 6:23.. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz -.-’

  30. William Cabell says:

    After the black knight retreats to g7 (around 6:40), couldn’t the queen the
    pawn on c6?

  31. postnubilaphoebus96 says:

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bc4 g6 7. Nxc6 bxc6
    8. e5 Ng4 9. e6 f5! Where is your initiative?

  32. Bubbo Bumkis says:

    3:48 wouldn’t it be smarter for black to capture with his pawn e6, then
    capture the bishop with bishop e6? or as @Zoran Jankovic said, just move
    pawn f5

  33. europeanbamf says:

    5:40 would pawn to f5 be a good move for black?

  34. Maciej Fluder says:

    1:12 I wonder if this would be a good move white Bishop f1-b5 so he can
    bind the black knight c6 and is covered by the white knight d4 any
    suggestions?

  35. Dylan says:

    @NickkRagz Because then black does Bd7, then his queen is protecting his
    rook and his bishop is attacking white’s queen, you also weaken your
    original attack.

  36. rainbowburger says:

    @shorbock Qa3+ is better by a lot than Bg5. The threat done by Qa3 is more
    immediate than Bg5

  37. NickkRagz says:

    im pretty new to chess but at around 6 : 30 why wouldnt you just move the
    queen to c6 to take the rook easily ?

  38. Maxwell Collinge says:

    nevermind got it

  39. Hari Haran says:

    absolutely great… thanks a lot

  40. mcp3228 says:

    After e5 why black did not move the knight to d7

  41. killajoshd says:

    at 6:21 i think it is what if white plays bishop to b5 instead of playing
    knight to e4? if pawn takes bishop queen takes rook if bishop plays to d2
    bishop takes pawn anyway and is atacking the rook on a8 is there something
    bad about playing this?

  42. Jens Man says:

    What do you do at 3:20 , if I play d5 as black instead of moving Nh5.
    Because, ..8. e5 d5, 9. dxf6 dxc4 Problem seems to be solved Because for
    loose pawn c4 it can easily be protected from Bh6. Since, white doesn’t
    have white bishop and only 1 knight it will be easy to protect the loose
    pawns.

  43. megaguru777 says:

    at 4:54 white queen could go c6 checking the king and therefore taking the
    rook

  44. Luke Meister says:

    thanks man. i think i am finally getting good.

  45. jkid1134 says:

    @born2range8 IF white plays Bx57+, black is forced to play Kxf7. White can
    then safely respond with Qxd8.

  46. Marquavious Britt says:

    Since Bobby Fischer says it , it must be true. lol

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