Beat the Petrov Defense as White | Crushing Gambit!

Do you want to beat the Petrov’s Defense as White? Learn this crushing Cochrane Gambit!

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The Petrov’s Defense or the Petrov Defense (also called Petroff Defense, Petrov’s Game, Russian Defense, or Russian Game) is a chess opening characterized by the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6. It was played by several top grandmasters, including Ian Nepomniachtchi, Vishy Anand, Fabiano Caruana, and many club players play it too.

In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will show you an unknown sideline that you can easily use and pull off victories against your opponents. It happens after 3.Ne5 d6, and here instead of retreating with the knight back to 4.Nf3, you can go for this interesting sacrifice 4.Nxf7, which is known as the Cochrane Gambit.

Although it’s not a new move, many players think that it’s a wrong move to play. However, it’s not that simple for Black after they accept the gambit. Watch this video and learn how to crush the Petrov’s Defense with this unusual sideline!

► Chapters

00:00 Beat the Petrov Defense as White
00:25 Happy New Year 2022!
01:41 Cochrane Gambit: Nxf7 sacrifice!
02:40 5.Nc3 instead of 5.Bc4+
03:51 Stopping Black’s artificial 0-0
05:21 If Black plays immediate 5…Be7
07:18 If Black retreats with Kf8
09:15 White’s two attacking plans
11:17 Conclusion & Last day of offers

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