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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shows you a game played between the world champion Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi, where Carlsen used a deadly opening trap against ‘himself’. Well, he set a trap which Nepomniachtchi fell for, but later Carlsen forgot the continuation, blundered, and eventually lost the game.
It is an interesting opening trap in the Sicilian Defense, the Open Sicilian to be precise. After the opening moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6, Carlsen played 5.Bc4 inviting Nepo to take the pawn on e4, which he did 5…Nxe4. But he forgot the follow-up to the trap after 6.Qh5.
How did Carlsen miss it and blundered? What is the correct continuation to the trap? Watch the video and find out!
00:00 Magnus Carlsen Used A Trap Against Himself
00:15 Magnus Carlsen vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
00:34 Carlsen sets a deadly opening trap
01:27 Carlsen blundered and lost
03:10 Correct continuation to the trap
05:37 What if Black doesn’t play Nxe4?
08:05 Puzzle: Can you find the winning move?
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