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  1. Dear Mr. Alterman,

    First, I must say that I love your Gambit Guide Series. It’s very insightful. Second, would you ever consider giving a lecture about the Halloween Gambit/ Halloween Attack??? I think it to be interesting.

    Thank you!!!
    Daniel L. Jones

  2. why don’t you add a video for Benko Gambit with a white 5.f3!

  3. f3 line is too complicated , I have just covered the main ideas of the Benko Gambit

  4. Your gambit guides on ICC are great to watch and very instructive. Hats off to a tremendous production

  5. thanks so much for all your lectures on icc i’ ve been
    learning the danish , and budapest gambits and its really taught me so much about the principles of development and activity in chess. I recently managed to destroy someone rated 300 points higher than me
    in the danish ,even though he refused the third pawn.
    What i was wondering was whether if black went d3 on the third move in the danish you could transpose into a smith morra declined with a different pawn structure? all being well i should be playing you today in the simul cheers

  6. Hello, I watched the nice video on Albin Counter Gambit part I on ICC. I think there was 1 little mistake in there. In the variation 1.d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3.e3 exd4 4.cxd5 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 dxe3 6.fxe3 Qh4+, you say g3 would be bad because of Qe4. But then white can simply reply Qf3, right?

  7. yes 8.Qf3 is OK , but Black wins the pawn on e5 without any difficulties getting a better game afterr 8…Bd2 9.Nd2 Qe5…

  8. Dear Mr.Altman,thank you for all this gambits,but I can`find Albin`s gambit.What `s hapend ?Sincerely yours ,Djura

  9. Hi, thx for the great lessons of Philidor. My question: How about the move orders: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5!? or 1.e4 d6 2.d4 e5!? That can also be Philidors. In many respects that can be preferable move orders?!


    • Hello Leif, Yes this moves order is more common for the Pirc Defence , but also could be transposed into Philidor in case white doesn’t capture de ..

  10. Hi, What do you think of the Halasz gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.f4!?


  11. Boris:

    I watched your videos on the benko gambit and I was a little disappointed that you did not have any commentary on the variation when white castles by hand. That is after ..Bxa6 either and immediate e4 or soon after Nf3, g3. Do you plan to address this line?

    Thank you

  12. Philly-boy, on December 8th, 2008 at 8:00 pm Said: Edit Comment

    I watched your videos on the benko gambit and I was a little disappointed that you did not have any commentary on the variation when white castles by hand. That is after ..Bxa6 either and immediate e4 or soon after Nf3, g3. Do you plan to address this line?

    Thank you

    Dear Philly-Boy , My lectures are targeting Intermediate players , the lines with g3 and e4 , are more complicated and deserves more Advanced level of theory , indeed Black is usually playing according the ideas I explained in my lectures .

  13. Dear Mr. Alterman
    I love your gambit series, and i have used the cochrane gambit, max-lange gambit, and the traxler gambit with a lot of success. Could you do a gambit series against the alkeline defence? Maybe the line 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3. e5 Nd7 4.e6! I saw this once in a tournament game.

  14. Dear mr. B.Alterman:-
    Your videos are great! I like very much this Janisch Gambit surprise thing. What would you suggest in 4Nc3 line, if it follows fxe4, 5.Nxe4 d5,6.Nxe5 dxe4, 7.Qe2?
    Thanks in advance

  15. Dear Mr.B.Alterman:-
    Your videos are great! I very much like this Janisch Gambit surprise. What would you suggest in 4.Nc3 line after 7.Qe2 (not Nxc6)?
    Thanks in advance

  16. Hello BAlterman,

    In the Kings gambit, i have been following an old recommendation from Ludek Pachmann, who suggested: e4 e5 f4 ef Be2!?! with a slight but secure edge for w. Is that out-of-date?

  17. Hi Boris,

    A little over a year ago I changed from 1. d4 to 1. e4 and I used the book ‘Chess Openings for White, Explained’ to build my new repertoire. Consequently, I play the Scotch Gambit. I would like to know if you might do a lecture on the Scotch Gambit? Or, do you consider it to be too similar to the Koltanowski? (I thought some of the ideas in the Koltanowski looked familiar-ish)

    I was also curious about gambits arising out of the English. Any ideas or recommendations for gambit play in this opening would be appreciated.

    Lastly, your work on the Gambit Guides is outstanding! You have really helped me develop a solid understanding of development advantage and initiative; not to mention improving my tactical play. Oh yeah, also looking for tactical opportunities earlier in the game.

    Thank You!


  18. Hi GM Alterman. I’ve enjoyed your lectures, especially the Staunton’s Gambit and From’s Gambit lecture. Will you ever consider doing a lecture on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 ?


  19. Borya, privet.

    Sent e-mail however, not sure that it will reach. How are you.
    Listen your lecture on ICC Snandinavian gambit, it is interesting and refreshing. Here is an idea for part II, 3…e6, instead of 3.. c6. For example Bxe6 5. d4 Bb4+ 6. Nc3 Qe7 and 000. Played couple games.

    Regards, Igor

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  22. Thank you for the wonderful gambit-guide. I really appreciate it.

    But al little remark: Rudolf Spielmann ist written with two “n”. He came from a jewish familiy in Vienna, Europe, and found a tragic end after the Nazis took over.

    Kind regards.

  23. בוריס היקר,

    נכנסתי לאתר שלך במקרה

    מרשים מאד!

    החלום שלי להגיע להיכן שהוא בשחמט.

    שחקתי כשהייתי ילד, ולפני שנה בערך במקרה חזרתי לשחק

    אתה חושב שיש לי עתיד?

    איך אתה חושב שאני יכול ללמוד ולהתקדם?



  24. Dear Mr.Alterman
    First I Want Thank You For Your Fantastic Lessons On Icc Web Site
    Second Unfortunetly Here In Iran The Web Browsers Do Not Support All Type Of Video Format There For I Can’t See All Of Your Lessons First Days When I Found Your Lesson I was Very Dilightfull Because I Found Answer For Some Of My Questions But When I Couldn’t See All Of Your Fantastic Video Lessons.. I’m So Sad Now

  25. I had heard a lot about you please help mei due to high cost and financial problem s it was hard for mei as Indian to take coaching

  26. The Alterman Gambit Guide…Used the Milner-Barry gambit in a tournament recently…Mate in 18 moves! They all take the second pawn on e5 as well 😀 Qf4+ ..Ke7 Qb4# Your book is a mating guide! Thx!

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