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  1. Greetings Mr. Alterman. I really enjoy your series ‘Gambit Guide.’ You have talked about gambits with white. I was wondering if you would tell me which gambit you would recommend after 1. e4. I appreciate your help.

  2. Hi There !

    I would recommend you to play 1…e5 and to use gambits line as:

    for intermediate :
    Schliemann-Jaenisch Gambit, 1. e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5!

    for more advanced players : Marshall Gambit

  3. Hi,

    Great stuff on this site. I hope there will be more in a near future. Concerning gambit, it would be nice if you could also show what you think is the best way to decline them, or how to defend against those that you think are unsound…

  4. Hello Patrick, Thanks a lot for your comments.
    We may open a discussion regarding how to face gambits and I will post soon my lesson regarding :
    “How to play or survive against Gambit lines “.

    Keep in touch, Boris

  5. Greeting Sir Boris! How are you? Seeing that you have spent some time of your life studying and playing chess, what benefits have you reaped from chess in your practical life?

    Also, as a novice chess player I like to play fast chess but i cant seem to capitalize on positional advantages. I heard you say that bobby fischer read thousands of books… I dont think I have the stamina or discipline to read chess books. I guess what it comes down to is putting the time in and studying games and learning from pro’s like you. I love watching your teachings on ICC!

  6. Hi Zacharia,

    I would like to answer with my famous Quotation….

    Chess has also helped me to understand that without an objective evaluation of a position, it is impossible to achieve good results not only in chess but in your life as well. Undoubtedly chess has a very important pedagogic value. It develops memory, logic and fantasy. It improves our reactions, attention and capacity for work in our lives. It also helps us develop a deep respect for our opponents.
    – Boris Alterman

    A few more :

    Weaknesses of character are normally shown in a game of chess. – Garry Kasparov

    ….The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of chess. – Benjamin Franklin

  7. Mr. Alterman,
    I have also so much enjoyed your ICC Gambit Guide chess lectures! I have become a fast fan. I think it is very admirable of you and other collegues, such as Ms. Pogar, giving back the gift that was given to you through chess. Health, happiness, and prosperity to you both!

  8. Hello Mr.Alterman i play against the Sicilian Morra gambit,why dont GM play Morra?

    I dont see this opening in yours Gambit guide if chess players play it good you can in 12 moves devolement all your pieces wich other opening can do the same.

  9. Hello Marc,
    At http://www.chess.fm you may find 3 lessons recorded by Alex Lederman about Morra Gambit.

    Smith Morra Gambit (3/3) IM Alex Lenderman 09.04.07
    Smith Morra Gambit (2/3) IM Alex Lenderman 08.27.07
    Smith Morra Gambit (1/3) IM Alex Lenderman 08.20.07

    Regarding your first Question, Morra gambit is not that popular between Gms , just because Black may avoid the Gambit by playing 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cd 3.c3 d5! or 3…Nf6 , which leads to the Main line of the Sicilian 2. c3 Variation.

  10. Hello Mr.Alterman which Gambits are bad to play,i have a lot of dvd about chess and Andrew Martin has invalidate the Black Diemar Gambit.

    Against the Sicilian you have 2 Gambits the Morra and the Wing Gambit the last Gambit its rarely played i never had against me in over hundreds games i have played.

  11. Lets agree – if you play Gambits when you just beginner or intermediate player, you will be successful in many situations , just because your your tactical vision has been improved dramatically. There are no bad lines or wrong Gambits!

    I am planning to record a lecture on http://www.Chess.fm regarding the Wing gambit.

  12. Hello mr.Alterman are there openings you better not can play with a low rating my elo rating is 1559.

    What a verry agressive openings against e4 and d4.

    I play The Sicilian and Scandinavian Qd6 variation,The Ruy Lopez exchange variation and the Nimzo Indian against d4.

  13. I guess you would better start with more sharp lines , like Morra , Danish and Evans Gambits and Shara or Budpaest as black. Only when your reach 1700-1800 start working on more Classical openings.

  14. I am a 2054 player and have liked your ICC videos very much.
    in the danish gambit, for years I have played (as black)
    1. e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2
    5…..N-H6.
    What is your view of this? (I think Q-H5/QxH2 and B-b4chk/O-O as non-threats. Neither would help black if White ignores them.)

  15. Mr.Alterman thanks for answers my question i have more than hundred chessbooks and also more than hundreds chess dvd but i never heard of the Sahara Gambit can you tell me if its famous under another name and what are the first moves.

  16. Hello Bryan,
    I don’t think 5…Nh6 could be called the best answer for Black . White simply could complete his development by 6.Nd2 d6 7.Ngf3 and Black still can’t develop his bishop on f8.

  17. Dear Marc, You probably intended to say Schara gambit Which could happen after 1.d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cd cd!?

    Look at my latest Video lesson on http://www.chess.fm
    Hennig-Schara Gambit

  18. Mr. Alterman,
    After reviewing your Hennig-Schara Gambit Part 1 (Alekhine vs Pirc) you explain why White cannot accept the Bishop on a3, following several different scenarios. My question concerns line with 15 …Qc3+: what if after 16 Kb1 Rd8 white played instead: 17 Be2 (…Rxd5 18 Bxg4+)? 15 …Qa1+ seems to be less complicated (?) I really appreciate your Gambit Guides. I’ve probably watched them all 3x each!
    Thanks

  19. Dear Cory, thanks for your message. and idea 17.Be2 !
    really 15…Qa1 looks stronger , indeed I intended to pay more attention to the nice tactical trick 15 …Qc3+ 16 Kb1 Rd8 17.Qd8! , which for the first sign looks terrific , when 17…Nd8 18. Rc1 Bf5+ !! comes like a cold shower.

    Boris

  20. For the Falkbeer counter gambit, in Tarrasch/Spielman, after 7…Bf5, instead of 8g4, Keres plays 8Nc3. Does this change things and force black to play 8…Qe7?
    Also could you comment on Nimzwitsch’s idea of 3…c6, (instead of 3…e4), followed by 4dc…Nc6 5Bb5…ef 6Nf3…Bd6 7d4…Ne7 80-0…0-0 9Na3…Bg4 10Nc4…Bc7 11c3…Nd5
    Thank you for your entertaining, informative lessons.

  21. Hello Mr.Alterman i just play the Budapest Gambit now is my question if white play d4-Nf6 and than play first Nf3 instead c4 can you then also play Budapest with 1 d4-Nf6 2 Nf3-Nc6 3 c4 and then e5 and what if you dont can play Budapest Gambit what for opening can black play then i dont like the Benoni too defensive for me.

  22. After 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 there is no Budapest anymore , you may try then 2..c5 getting into Benoni or Benko Gambit

  23. Hello Dan, yes 8.Nc3 is better in Falkbeer CountreGambit , indeed the position is still quite playable for BLACK.

    Nimzo idea 3…c6 is very interesting , and I would like to pay a bit more attention on my 3rd lecture on http://www.chess.fm

  24. I really enjoyed your Gambit Guide, thank you for this great idea!

    I have a question concerning the 1. d4 openings- what can I do if my opponent does not play c4 but for example Nf3, is there any way to get into a gambit?

    Secondly, is there a gambit you recommend against english? (1.c4)

    I’m also interested in a Gambit line against 1.e4 I’d love to see a lecture on it 🙂

  25. Hello Ernest ,
    After 1. e4 I already suggested to play Falkbeer Countregambit as a Weapon against Kings Gambit.
    More lines : Marshall Attack and Janesh Gambit 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5!

    Against 1. c4 is not so simple to play a gambit line , I would recommend you to answer 1… e5 !

    After 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 play c5! getting into Benoni or Benko Gambit

  26. Thank you a lot!
    I really appreciate your dedication 🙂

  27. Hi Mister Alterman,

    First of all I wanted to thank u for your lectures on ICC.
    They r really fantastic.

    My question concerns the Two Knights Fried liver gambit Part I.

    After 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Ng5 d5 5 exd5 Nxd5 6 Nxf2 Kxf2 7 Qf3+ Ke6 8 Nc3 Nb4 9 a3 Nc2+ 10 Kd1 Nxa1 11 Nxd5 you say that now Black has to move his king because of the bishop on c4 but my computer, Rybka 2.3 32 plays 11…c6 12 Nc7+ Kd6 13 Nxa8 Qh4 14 Qd3+ Qd4 15 Qxd4 exd4 16 Re1 b5 17 Ba2 d3 18 Re8 Kd7 and says the position is equal. So what can I do against 11…c6?

  28. Hi!

    Very nice work there thanks for sharing your understanding of these gambit lines!

    I wanted to ask you something. I see on chessbase that you never use these lines. Why is that?
    Do you have doubts in the openings you are presenting? Do you think one can’t improve his rating at a certain point playing the Budapest gambit for instance?

    Thx for your answer!

  29. Hi Mister Alterman,

    First of all I wanted to thank u for your lectures on ICC.
    They r really fantastic.

    My question concerns the Two Knights Fried liver gambit Part I.

    After 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Ng5 d5 5 exd5 Nxd5 6 Nxf2 Kxf2 7 Qf3+ Ke6 8 Nc3 Nb4 9 a3 Nc2+ 10 Kd1 Nxa1 11 Nxd5 you say that now Black has to move his king because of the bishop on c4 but my computer, Rybka 2.3 32 plays 11…c6 12 Nc7+ Kd6 13 Nxa8 Qh4 14 Qd3+ Qd4 15 Qxd4 exd4 16 Re1 b5 17 Ba2 d3 18 Re8 Kd7 and says the position is equal. So what can I do against 11…c6?

    Hi Nickolas,
    My lessons about Gambits more adjusted for beginners and intermediate players .
    Of course I check my analyses, and you wouldn’t find any serious blunder in it, indeed if you are looking for advanced material with all checked with the Computer assistance – you would better read Kasparov’s Books or highly leveled Dvoretsky books.

  30. Hi!

    Very nice work there thanks for sharing your understanding of these gambit lines!

    I wanted to ask you something. I see on chessbase that you never use these lines. Why is that?
    Do you have doubts in the openings you are presenting? Do you think one can’t improve his rating at a certain point playing the Budapest gambit for instance?

    Thx for your answer!

    Hi there !
    I used to play all gambit lines in my simuls and blitz sessions on ICC .
    In my professional database you may find many games I played the Benko Gambit with Black.

  31. I’m just a patzer Boris, and I’ll continue watching your lectures.

  32. Thanks again for your instructive Gambit Guide lectures on ICC. I just played again the Budapest (Farjarowitz line) against opponent who made mistake of attacking knight with 4. f3. After playing 4. …Qh4+ and winning the exchange (5. g3 Nxg3 6. hxg3 Qxh1), I ended up losing game due to complications in attempt to manuever my queen to safety and allowing my opponent long castling. My question: would I have been better to take pawn on g3+ forcing king to d2 instead?

  33. Hi Cory,
    Unfortunately 6…Qg3+ leaves Black without any real compensation for a piece.
    When 6…Qh1 7.Nh3 Trying to trap Black Queen will be met by 7… d6! which almost destroys White’s position, due Nh3 is handing (has been attacked by Blacks Qh1 and Bc8).
    I recommend you just to check a bit more the position after 6…Qh1 and wish you good luck and continue playing successfully the Farjarowitz line.

  34. Hi Mr. Alterman. I was wondering, what gambit line would you recommend against the Sicilian?

  35. I would recommend to play the Morra Gambit!
    1.e4 c5 2.d4cd 3.c3! with the very active play for a sacrificed pawn.

  36. Hello,

    r u planning to speak about 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Ng5 d5 5 exd5 Na5?
    Thx for your answer

  37. Hello Nicholas,
    Right now I am not planning to cover 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Ng5 d5 5 exd5 Na5 line , but would conider it in my next lectures.

  38. I am enjoying your series about gambits tremendously.

    I tried to play the Two Knights Traxler gambit against Chessmaster and it came up with a move that I cannot find the answer to. Actually neither can Chessmaster. The move 12. d6 blocks the Queen from going to c5 and the extra tempo it takes to open this square seems to ruin everything. The move sequence is shown below.

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6.Kf1 Qe7 7.Nxh8 d5 8.exd5 Bg4 9.Be2 Bxe2+ 10.Qxe2
    Nd4 11.Qxf2 O-O-O 12.d6 (cxd6 13.Kg8)

    Is there a good answer to 12. d6 ?

  39. Hello Peter ,
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6.Kf1 Qe7 7.Nxh8 d5 8.exd5 Bg4 9.Be2 Bxe2+ 10.Qxe2
    Nd4 11.Qxf2 O-O-O 12. d6 can’t be called the refutation of the whole line.Check the answer 12…Rd6! keeping a3-f8 diagonal opened aiming Ng4 then Rf6..
    You would fine lot of resources for Black.
    13. Nc3 could be met by 13… Ng4! which is extremely dangerous for white.

  40. Thanks for responding to my question. Chessmaster does not see Rxd6 as a ! and obviously I don’t see it either although I tried and tried (I admit that this does not mean much :)). CM responds as follows:
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6.Kf1 Qe7 7.Nxh8 d5 8.exd5 Bg4 9.Be2 Bxe2+ 10.Qxe2
    Nd4 11.Qxf2 O-O-O 12. d6 Rxd6 13. d3 Ng4 14. Qg3 Rf6+ 15. Ke1

    In this position Black can win one of the rooks but Black looses his initiative by doing so and he is sofar behind in material. + Ng4 is unprotected…. Bg5 seems to be a problem…. Kc8 is a sitting on an open diagonal. Nothing but problems for Black, it seems.

  41. Hello Mr. Alterman, I had a question regarding the Schara Gambit. In Schiller’s “Big Book of Busts” he recommends 9.Qb3 instead of 9.Qd1 after Black plays 8….Nf6. and says Black has no way of equalizing….I was wondering what your thoughts were on this?

  42. Hello Daniel ,
    9.Qb3 in Shara is quite Ok move , indeed I don’t trust too much Books like:
    “How to beat Sicilian ” or
    “Winning repertoire for White or Black 🙂 ….

    Good luck !

  43. hi, i really enjoyed your benko gambit it has been a tremendous help in my choice of openings but

    are there any gambits in the birds opening for WHITE that you know of and not the Froms gambit?

  44. Hello Will !

    After 1. f4 e5 2. e4! leads to the Kings Gambit .

  45. I would love to see some lessons on the Schliemann gambit of the Ruy Lopez…any idea when you may get to that opening? Also, something for black vs. e4, e5;Nf3, Nc6, Bc4 would be awesome!

  46. Hello Boris!
    Thanks for all your very intresting gambit lessons. Resently I have studied the Traxler countergambit and I have a question of one game from the first lesson.
    After 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Ng5 Bc5 5 Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6 Kxf2 Nxe4+ 7 Ke3 Qe7 8 Nxh8 Qg5+ 9 Kxe4 d5+ 10 Bxd5 Bf5+ 11 Kf3 Qf4+ 12 Ke2 Nd4+ 13 Ke1 Sxc2+ you proposed 14 Ke2 but what happend after Qxc2. White has tree pecises for the Queen, how can black win??

  47. Hi Boris,
    I love your Gambit Guide on the ICC! The way you explain yourself is easy for class players like myself to understand.
    I was wondering if you intend to have a future addition to your Benko Gambit series on 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5. f3 I have seen many moves here for black and find it a very hard position to play and was wondering if you have a line that you recommend and explain to make it easier to understand.
    Thanks agin for making chess easier!!!

  48. Hi Björn Modéer ,
    Regarding your Q about Traxler :
    After 14. Qc2 Bc2 15.Nf7 c6 White pieces lose coordination , when Blacks Queen is extremely powerful in such an open position.

  49. Hello Robert,
    In the Benko after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 After 5. f3 the best reaction should be 5…e6 , indeed it leads to the enormous complications.
    I am not going to cover this line on http://www.chess.fm , since my main purpose is to give the basic overvew of the main ideas in the Benko gambit.

  50. Do you have a line against fianchetto benko for white and black. It’s recommended by john Cox in starting out d4! against the benko. basically development by white until black shows his hand. Isaw two moves 13… Qc7 and 13…. Ne8

  51. what do you think of the gambit Kasparov used to play 1d4, nf6; 2c4, c5;3nf3. cd; 4nxd4, e5 ; 5nb5, d5. it’s some kind of anti-benoni set up.

  52. Hello Bob , yes 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cd 4.Nd4 e5 leads to extremely sharp play with the pawn sacrifice in case of 5.Nb5 d5! I like this Gambit line.

    Regarding your second Q – Benko with g3 is quite modern line , when the most dangerous plan for white is Rb1 before castling – see : TWIC Theory #35: Benko Gambit – Main Line/ The Latest Trends in the post -Topalov period – GM Finkel
    http://www.chesscenter.com/twictheory/

  53. Hi Mr. Alterman,

    I think that play 3.d3 as white in the Falkbeer Counter-Gambit works relatively well. I would just like you opinion on it.
    Thank You,
    Krishna Korupolu

  54. Hello Krishna, Its hard to pretend on anything special after 3.d3 de! Black is doing fine.

  55. Hi Mr. Alterman. In one of your comments in your Q&A, you said that you were planning to do a lecture on the Wing Gambit. Do you recommend to play the Wing Gambit or the Smith-Morra Gambit against the Sicilian?

  56. First of all, thank you for all the fabulous chess instruction that you give. It has been very beneficial. I have especially enjoyed your videos on the Budapest Gambit, and now play the Fajarowics Budapest in every game possible.
    There is a line that I am having trouble playing against, however. After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nd2, you say that Black should definitely not exchange, but play 4. … Nc5. After this you only give strong continuations after 5.Nf3, 5.a3, and a couple other small lines. A lot of opponents have been playing 5.b4 against me. I came up with the idea of 5. …Ne6, then 6. a3 d6 and still sacrificing the pawn. I see that White is boxed in and that he cannot castle yet and has a vulnerable Rook, but I am having trouble finding the correct plan here. A book I read last night, published in 2004, gave the line 5.b4?! Ne6 6.a3 b6 7.Ngf3 Bb7 8. Bb2 a5 9.b5 0-0 10.Be2 d6 11.exd6 Bxd6, and says that this is probably the best continuation for Black, although Black will still have a lot of trouble justifying giving up the pawn.
    In your opinion, what is the best continuation after 4.Nd2 Nc5 5.b4? Is the b6 idea correct? How should Black’s plan adapt to react to White’s extension of his Queenside pawns? Thank you very much.

  57. Hi Mr. Alterman. What gambit system would recommend against the French and the Caro-Kann?

  58. Hi Mr. Alterman,

    I really enjoy your Gambit Guide lectues. I was wondering which gambt you would recomend against the Scandinavian defense and the pirc or the robatsch? Thanks

    Regards,
    Bill

  59. Anonymous, on August 1st, 2008 at 9:45 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Hi Mr. Alterman. What gambit system would recommend against the French and the Caro-Kann?

    Panov Attack vs Caro-Cann
    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.ed cd 4.c4!
    and Nimzo Gambit after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3!

  60. Anonymous, on August 1st, 2008 at 1:16 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Hi Mr. Alterman. In one of your comments in your Q&A, you said that you were planning to do a lecture on the Wing Gambit. Do you recommend to play the Wing Gambit or the Smith-Morra Gambit against the Sicilian?

    Morra Gambit is my recommendation.

  61. Chris, on August 1st, 2008 at 4:26 pm Said: Edit Comment
    First of all, thank you for all the fabulous chess instruction that you give. It has been very beneficial. I have especially enjoyed your videos on the Budapest Gambit, and now play the Fajarowics Budapest in every game possible.
    There is a line that I am having trouble playing against, however. After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nd2, you say that Black should definitely not exchange, but play 4. … Nc5. After this you only give strong continuations after 5.Nf3, 5.a3, and a couple other small lines. A lot of opponents have been playing 5.b4 against me. I came up with the idea of 5. …Ne6, then 6. a3 d6 and still sacrificing the pawn. I see that White is boxed in and that he cannot castle yet and has a vulnerable Rook, but I am having trouble finding the correct plan here. A book I read last night, published in 2004, gave the line 5.b4?! Ne6 6.a3 b6 7.Ngf3 Bb7 8. Bb2 a5 9.b5 0-0 10.Be2 d6 11.exd6 Bxd6, and says that this is probably the best continuation for Black, although Black will still have a lot of trouble justifying giving up the pawn.
    In your opinion, what is the best continuation after 4.Nd2 Nc5 5.b4? Is the b6 idea correct? How should Black’s plan adapt to react to White’s extension of his Queenside pawns? Thank you very much.

    5…Ne6 6.a3 a5! must be quite unpleasant for White.

  62. Bill, on August 1st, 2008 at 9:47 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Hi Mr. Alterman,

    I really enjoy your Gambit Guide lectues. I was wondering which gambt you would recomend against the Scandinavian defense and the pirc or the robatsch? Thanks

    Regards,
    Bill

    Hi Bill,
    Against Pirc defiitely I would go for 3 pawns attack and in Scandinavian look at the 1.e4 d5 2. ed Qd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. b4!? Sacrifice

  63. Hi Mr. Alterman,

    I didn’t quite understand what you meant by the 3 pawns atack in the scndinavian. did u mean the austrian attack with e4 d6 d4 nf6 nc3 g6 f4?

  64. yes in Pirc – Austrian attack with f4 , Fischer’s favorite..

  65. Hi Mr. Alterman
    It says in your Q&A that as a response to someone’s question you said that you were planning to give lecture on Wing Gambit. I was wondering when you are planning on do that? Thanks and your lecture are fantastic!

  66. Hi Mr. Alterman,

    I was just wondering which system you recomend aginst the Alekhine Defense.

  67. Hello Mr. Alterman

    I really enjoy your lectures on ICC. My question is what system would you recommend me to play against the Vienna Game? 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3

  68. Bill, on August 4th, 2008 at 8:44 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Hi Mr. Alterman,

    I was just wondering which system you recomend aginst the Alekhine Defense

    Hello Bill ,
    Against Alekhine I would go for 4 pawns attack!

  69. Yuri, on August 5th, 2008 at 10:59 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Hello Mr. Alterman

    I really enjoy your lectures on ICC. My question is what system would you recommend me to play against the Vienna Game? 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3

    Play 2…Nf6 3. f4 d5!

  70. In today’s lesson on the MAX Lange attack, you talked about Q-D5 being a mistake with a very good example of why. Part of the line goes PxP R-G8, Could something be made with R-E8 instead by Black. The point being that a N-F6 forking the rook like before might could be met with a BxP on the queen. QxB allows RxR check. But since Black Castled long, RxR by white is not with check. Things still look loose by black and very risky, but going to the center seems a lot faster than a eventual attack on the G file.
    If Black can castle long and get unwound, then a safe king, deep center pawns, and partial white queenside undevelopment could spell trouble for white.
    Bryan

  71. Greetings Mr Alterman,

    What is your opinion on the Blackmar-Diemer Gabit. Do you intend to cover this gambit in the future? Do you give chess lessons, my rating is 1500 and have played chess for many years.Keen to improve.
    Many thanks and look forward to your reply.

    Louis

  72. Louis, on August 22nd, 2008 at 6:02 pm Said: Edit Comment
    Greetings Mr Alterman,

    What is your opinion on the Blackmar-Diemer Gabit. Do you intend to cover this gambit in the future? Do you give chess lessons, my rating is 1500 and have played chess for many years.Keen to improve.
    Many thanks and look forward to your reply.

    Louis

    Hello Louis.
    Blackmar-Diemer Gambit was quite playable like 100 years ago, indeed todays theory found easy refutation 1.d4 d5 2. e4 de 3.f3 e5! and Black gets fine position.

  73. Hi Mr. Alterman,

    Does White have enough comensation for the pawn in the following unexplored line:
    1.f4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.d3 exd3 4.Bxd3 Nf6 5.Nf3 d5 6.0-0?

  74. Hello Mr. Alterman. After I saw your video on ICC I decided to play the traxler attack. I put on the board all the variations but I really coudn’t find a good line to contunue this :
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.N:f7 B:f2 6.K:f2 N:e4+ 7. Kg1 Qh4 8.g3 N:g3 9.h:g3 Q:g3+ 10.Kf1 Qf4+ 11.Kg2 Q:f4 12.N:h8 Qe4 13.Qf3 .What am I missing?
    After 13. Qf3 Q:f3 14.K:f3 Nd4+ 15.Ke4 N:c2 16.R:h7 N:a8 17.R:g7 Kf8 18.Rg1 I really think that black is better.
    Please I really want to play The Traxler Attack in tournaments but I need to know the correct moves after g3 N:g3 h:g3 Q:g3. Thank you and I hope someone will answer !

  75. 11…Qg5+!
    Solves the problem, White can’t escape from a draw….

  76. igor, on August 31st, 2008 at 1:39 am Said: Edit Comment
    Hi Mr. Alterman,

    Does White have enough comensation for the pawn in the following unexplored line:
    1.f4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.d3 exd3 4.Bxd3 Nf6 5.Nf3 d5 6.0-0?

    Dear Igor, Definitely 1.f4 f5 is not so often played , but in the line you suggested white is having enough compensation for a pawn thanks to better development and strong outpost on e5 …

  77. I posted this :
    “Hello Mr. Alterman. After I saw your video on ICC I decided to play the traxler attack. I put on the board all the variations but I really coudn’t find a good line to contunue this :
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.N:f7 B:f2 6.K:f2 N:e4+ 7. Kg1 Qh4 8.g3 N:g3 9.h:g3 Q:g3+ 10.Kf1 Qf4+ 11.Kg2 Q:f4 12.N:h8 Qe4 13.Qf3 .What am I missing?
    After 13. Qf3 Q:f3 14.K:f3 Nd4+ 15.Ke4 N:c2 16.R:h7 N:a8 17.R:g7 Kf8 18.Rg1 I really think that black is better.
    Please I really want to play The Traxler Attack in tournaments but I need to know the correct moves after g3 N:g3 h:g3 Q:g3. Thank you and I hope someone will answer !”
    And you suggested this: “11…Qg5+!
    Solves the problem, White can’t escape from a draw….”

    Well Qg5 is impossible because there is a knight on f7 !!!
    Here is the line:
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.N:f7 B:f2 6.K:f2 N:e4+ 7. Kg1 Qh4 8.g3 N:g3 9.h:g3 Q:g3+ 10.Kf1 Qf4+ 11.Kg2 Qg5 ?? 12.N:g5 . So is there an alternative or Black is loosing ?

  78. Sorry, misplaced lines.

    Right solution is 11…d5! Open the diagonal for the light square bishop.

    12 Bd5 Bh3+! check out this line … White has not more then a draw …

  79. “12 Bd5 Bh3+! ”
    13 R:h3 Q:h3 14 Bg3 Qf5 15 Qf3 Q:f3 16 B:f3 K:e7

    Black has a rook and 2 pawns for the bishop pair and the white pieces are undeveloped.
    17 Nc3 Rab8 (with the idea of Nd4) 18 B:c6 b:c6
    Now black cannot stop Ne4. The only thing I can do now is to push my h and g pawns. Does black have an advantage here ?
    Where should I put my king (is it advisable to play Kg6 h6 Kh7)? Should I double rooks on f file or keep a rook behind and push the pawns ?
    Are there real chances for black to win or i should offer a draw ?

  80. Hello Avramia, Black has at least equal game,

    In that line White is not pretend on any advantage…

    All the best,

    Boris

  81. Hello Boris

    For many months now i<ve tried to find a suitable opening for white against the french defense; what is your opinion on the Milner-Barry Gambit? Either way what would you reccomend for white is black doesn<t accept the gambit on the e5 pawn and rather plays Bb4 attacking the knight

  82. Dear Boris

    Thank you very much for your highly instructive chess lectures on ICC. You have really helped to fill up certain gaps in my opening knowledge, specifically your lectures on the Falkbeer counter gambit. Although I answer 1.e4 exclusively with the sicilian defense, I do face opponents occasionally who start with 1.f4 and transpose to the Kings gambit after 1…e5 2.e4.
    I would like to find out whether you at some stage intend to do any lectures on the From gambit?

    Kind Regards
    Bruce

  83. I wanted to thank you for your wonderful webpage and recommendations.

    Cassually, my repertoire includes evans gambit, fegatello and smith morra.

    But WHAT I DIO WITH CARO-KANN AND PRIC DEFENSES?

    Please give me an advice. I have tried variations of the Panov attack but I
    am not very satisfied, I was looking for something more agresive

    Thanks a lot in advance

  84. Another question…

    What are your opinions on the folowing defenses:
    – Scandinavian for black with 1. e4 d5 2. ed Qd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Ne4 !?
    – And Albin countergambit

    This is my repertoire for black 😉

  85. Hello Boris

    For many months now i<ve tried to find a suitable opening for white against the french defense; what is your opinion on the Milner-Barry Gambit? Either way what would you reccomend for white is black doesn<t accept the gambit on the e5 pawn and rather plays Bb4 attacking the knight

    Hello Henry ,
    Against French I would recommend Nimzo gambit -1./e4 e6 2. d4d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3

  86. Dear Boris

    Thank you very much for your highly instructive chess lectures on ICC. You have really helped to fill up certain gaps in my opening knowledge, specifically your lectures on the Falkbeer counter gambit. Although I answer 1.e4 exclusively with the sicilian defense, I do face opponents occasionally who start with 1.f4 and transpose to the Kings gambit after 1…e5 2.e4.
    I would like to find out whether you at some stage intend to do any lectures on the From gambit?

    Kind Regards

    Dear Bruce,
    I will prepare the From’s gambit lectures very soon …
    Follow ICC Gambit Guide

  87. wanted to thank you for your wonderful webpage and recommendations.

    Cassually, my repertoire includes evans gambit, fegatello and smith morra.

    But WHAT I DIO WITH CARO-KANN AND PRIC DEFENSES?

    Please give me an advice. I have tried variations of the Panov attack but I
    am not very satisfied, I was looking for something more agresive

    Thanks a lot in advance

    Hi !
    Austrian Attack ag Pirc must be good for you … and against Caro-Cann – try 1.e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3.f3!?

  88. Another question…

    What are your opinions on the folowing defenses:
    – Scandinavian for black with 1. e4 d5 2. ed Qd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Ne4 !?

    Hi there !
    I don’t like this line …one more move with the same piece …. White could sacrifice 6.Bd3 Nc3
    7.bc Qc3 8.Bd2 … White is having all pieces in the game and the initiative…. I used to play that way , being just 12 years old 🙂

  89. Regarding Scandinavian
    I was following this advice.

    In theory it was played by Saniras Sulkis (ELO 2555)

    So it is not only for children

    However I agree is only agresive in amateur play

  90. Hi
    Your videos on ICC are great. Do you have any videos on your blog here as well ?

  91. Dear Boris,

    Thanks for replying to my message like a week ago but the in the french defense is actually called Milner-Barry Gambit, either way my question was after
    1./e4 e6 2. d4d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 Bd7 7 0-0 cxd4 8 cxd4 Nxd4 9 Nxd4 Qxd4 10 Nc3; what would you recommend for white if black plays Bb4 instead of Qxe5

  92. Sorry about that * but nimzo gambit in the french defense is actually called …

  93. Hello Boris!

    I played a game to day, Budapest gambit. My opponent answered with e6 in his 4th move. 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e5 3 dxe5 Ng4 4 e6. What do you say about this move? I continued with Bb4+ 5 Bd2 Bxd2 6 Qxd2 0-0 7 exf7 Rxe7 and I won after 23 moves.

  94. i can’t tell you how much your gambit guide has improved my game. re; the danish gambit and black bringing out the queen first. you give the impression that it is a foolish move. you suggest that after the bishop takes f2 and the king retreatsa to d8, the next attack should be with the rook, saying black cannot take because it leads to a loss of too much material, however, i play the computer on Dasher and i practice the gambits with every level and at the 2000 level, the bishop takes the rook, and bishop take bishop, how ever, blacks queen then leaves her corner with g4, attacking the bishop and threatening check. no matter how i play the game, black wins.

  95. Hello Mr Alterman, I enjoy your chess lessons on gambit guide! I have a question for you, if you don´t mind… 1 e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nxf7 Kxf7 5.d4 c6; What do you think about black´s last move?

  96. This move doesn’t change the assessment of the line , after 5. Nc3 and then f4 Bd3 White is still keeping strong compensation for a piece.

  97. I belatedly discovered your Gambit Guide vds on ICC but only after many of the early ones (such as Morra Gambit) were no longer available. Since I have no way of recording these videos (and because the printed text of each of these videos would be much more economical of time after seeing the videos on screen once or twice) I wish I could find the printed material online to copy for a permanent record both of the series no longer available on ICC and those still on ICC and those to come. Please make such printed material available either online or by post. If you were to publish them they would be a sensation. Thank you

  98. I loved your 2nd lesson on albin gambit on ICC
    but would like to see the first. can you direct me.
    thanks

  99. 1. I play the Scotch Gambit as White, and although I use it to transpose into the Two Knights Defense and Italian Game main lines, I found that a lot of people accept the gambit, and either have to accept a big disadvantage, or get steam rolled by my attack. Have you thought of doing videos on it?

    2. Would you reccomend the Albin or Budepest as a suprise anti-1.d4 line? (The Benko isn’t sharp enough for my taste)

    3. Are there successful anti Caro-Kann, French, and Pirc gambits that I could use?

    Thanks.

  100. 1. I play the Scotch Gambit as White, and although I use it to transpose into the Two Knights Defense and Italian Game main lines, I found that a lot of people accept the gambit, and either have to accept a big disadvantage, or get steam rolled by my attack. Have you thought of doing videos on it?

    – Check Out Morphy Attack ( Two knights defence)

    2. Would you reccomend the Albin or Budepest as a suprise anti-1.d4 line? (The Benko isn’t sharp enough for my taste)

    – Yes Albin CounterGambit is great for that !

    3. Are there successful anti Caro-Kann, French, and Pirc gambits that I could use?

    – Panov Attack in the Caro-Kann , Advanced Gambit in the French and Austrian Attack in Pirc

  101. About the traxler opening:
    e4 e5 nf3 nc6 bc4 nf6 ng5 bc5 n:f7 B:f2+ K:f2 Ne4+
    and now 7.Kg1 Qh4 8.Qe2 Nd4 9.Qe3 N:c2 10.Qe2
    Can black win this or it is just a draw by repetition :
    10… Nd4 Qe3 Nc2 Qe2 ?

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

    Leif

  103. 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?!

    Leif

  104. Hi, in your maxlange line, cant black just play Nxe4 instead of Bc5? play then could follow Re1 d5 Bxd5 Qxd5 Nc3 Qh5! isnt black just equal theoretically?
    I like it when people black plays Bc5 but i hate it when they play nxe4 as a lot of people have told me it is extremely drawish after Qh5.
    Is there a good line white can depend on after qh5 for good results?
    Thanks.

  105. Hi Grandmaster Alterman,

    I have been following your ICC lectures on the various gambits. They are wonderful and are helping me in building up a white opening repertoire. Today I watched another lecture of yours on the Philidor defence, part 3. It is great, but now I also want to see parts 1 and 2, but I cannot find them on ICC’s website?

    Best regards,

    George

  106. Dear GM Alterman,

    Why is no one treating the main line of the 4.Ng5 variation of the Two Knights’ Defense as what it really is—a gambit? Dr. Hans Berliner has incorrectly steered the chess community down the wrong path claiming that Black stands well after his gambit. Indeed, if you look at BCO 2, they devote an entire page to his analysis. All the analysis is wrong because Berliner and BCO 2 missed best play for White at the start of the sequence.

    Do you see any way for Black to equalize after the following move sequence? 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nd4 6.c3 b5 7.Bf1 Nxd5 8.Ne4 Qh4 9.Ng3 Bg4 10.f3 e4 11.cxd4 Bd6 12.Qe2! Be6? (O-O 13.Qf2 +-) 13.Nc3!! N 13…Nxc3 (Nb4 14.Kd1! +-) 14.dxc3 (White’s ugly duckling becomes a beauful swan) 14…Bxg3ch 15.hxg3 Qxh1 16.Qxb5ch Kf8 (Fritz 8 after ten minutes of thought) 17.fxe4 & Fritz 8 with best play by both sides has this as +- by move 22.

    Why is no one treating the Berliner Variation like a gambit, and, following standard play against the gambit, just give back most of the material to obtain a positional edge? White has Bishop and two pawns for the Rook and is guaranteed to pick up at least one more. White has a powerful initiative and has completely shut down any counterplay by Black. In the subsequent middlegame, I beat Fritz 8 easily.

    Does the combination of 12…O-O 13.Qf2 & 12…Be6 13.Nc3 give White the fastest win of any major opening in chess which is the direct opposite of what Dr. Berliner claims?

    Thank you for your time

    Richard

  107. Hello Mr. Alterman,
    I’m a huge fan of your Gambit Guide series. I was wondering if you were planning on doing a video on the Schliemann-Jaenisch Gambit, or if there are any books covering it that you could recommend. Either that, or are there any other gambits against the Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation?

  108. Hello Mr Alterman! Thanks for the gambit guide lectures, I have learnt a lot from it. I was just wondering if you were going to do any gambit line in the Birds? Thanks, Patrick

  109. Hello Mr Alterman
    Thanks for all the gambit guide lectures however, regarding the Traxler-Counter Gambit attack After 4…Bc5 5 Nxf7 Bxf2 6Kxf2 Ne4 7Kg1 Qh4 8Qf3 I do not see how black can turn his position into a mating attack, normal responses would be 8…Nd4 9Qf1 Rf8 but this only leads to positional advantages (devellopment too) but i was wondering if there was a mating attack that i was missing since the first lecture doesnt even mention Qf3 as a move (you mention g3)

  110. Hi

    Please consider the goring gambit! it is a fun gambit. especially when white gives 2 pawns and black goes for it

    Some of the defenses in the danish gambit doesnt work.

  111. Hello.

    Are you going to do gambit videos on the Flohr-Mikenas Attack (as used by none other then Kasparov) 1.c4, Nf6 2.Nc3, e6 3.e4!?, and the Rouseau Gambit (1.e4, e5 2.Nf3, Nc6 3.Bc4, f5!?)? They are great fun to play, and both are sound enough for someone’s repertoire.

  112. You have a gambit guide regarding From’s gambit posted on WCL. I very much enjoyed the video and I plan on using it while encountering Birds opening. However, playing against my friend I tried employing the principles in the video and it seems that his d4, Qd3 combination stifles the attack as in this beginning:
    1. f4 e5
    2. fxe5 d6
    3. exd6 Bxd6
    4. Nf3 g5
    5. g3 g4
    6. Nh4 Ne7
    7. d4 Ng6
    8. Nxg6 hxg6
    9. Qd3

    any advice?

  113. Hi there, i saw your video of the from’s gambit and i thought it was great. but i cant find more of your videos.

    Can you tell me where i can find them. Thanks in advance. And happy new year.

  114. Dear Mr Alterman,

    I have a question on the Max Lange attack. After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. 0-0 Bc5 6. e5 d5 7. exf6 dxc4 8. Re1+ Be6 9. Ng5 Qd5 10. Nc3 Qf5 the move 11. g4, as played by Steinitz, has been replaced by 11. Nce4, although Steinitz won brilliantly with his move. Can you explain why 11. Nce4 is preferred, or in other words, what is wrong with 11. g4?

  115. Hi Boris!

    Tony Costen pointed out an error in my analysis that is easy to fix: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nd4 6.c3 b5 7.Bf1 (This move has been around forever, but why waste two tempos? Just 7.cxd4 bxc4 8.dxe5 & if Qxd5 9.exf6 Qxg5 10.Qf3! Rb8 11.Qe3ch! Qxe3 12.dxe3 & White has a pleasant endgame & if 8…Nxd5 9.d4! & if Black doesn’t want Black to anchor the pawn, then he has to play 9. exd3 e.p. 10.Qxd3 . & White has a slight pull.) Back to the main line: 7…Nxd5 8.Ne4 Qh4 (8…Ne6 =/unclear) 9.Ng3 Bg4 10.f3 e4 11.cxd4 Bd6 12.Qe2 O-O 13.fxg4 as played by Muir. 13…Bxg3ch
    14.Kd1 & Fritz 8 has this as +-.

    Have I cooked the analysis of Berliner and Kasparov?

  116. Hello Mr Alterman! I like to avoid the Max Lange Attack, but what is this gambit: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. 0-0 Nf6 5. d4? Thanks.

  117. Hi Gn Boris Alterman i was wondering if you a going to do an icc gambit on the slav winawer counter gambit .I have that Morozevich,Cheparinov etc have played it and since slav is popular these days.
    Thanks in advance

  118. Nearly forgot Movesian played Adams in Corus 2009 and he played a gambit double king pawn opening it very interesing if you can shred more light on this opening it looks like guico piano but he sacrifices a pawn for i guess enough compensation?! Please comment since i think this links with the e4 e5 gambits you have covered on icc
    Thanks in advance

  119. Hello Mr Alterman! In the Max Lange Attack, can you please show an illustrative game where black plays the opening perfectly after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. 0-0 Bc5 6. e5 d5 7. exf6 dxc4 8. Re1+ Be6 9. Ng5 Qd5 10. Nc3 Qf5 11. Nce4 0-0-0 12. g4 Qe5? Thanks!

  120. Where can I find the Morra Gambit lectures? Thanks

  121. Hi Boris! I’m a chess player from Spain. I was watching you lecture on the Panov Attack and only have to say a little error in a game where you say Qc7# but it isn’t, the king has the move Kb5 and the Qc4 it’s mate 😀 thank you for your lessons!! I enjoy it a lot

  122. Don’t worry, I found the Morra Gambit lectures by asking an ICC helper

  123. I love to follow your gambit guide, but where you thinking of including this line in the Two Knights?

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 b5 6. Bf1 Nd4 7. c3 Nxd5 …………………….

    I look forward to your reply

  124. in the Janisch gambit what do u do after 4.exf5 e4 5.Bxc6?
    thank you

  125. Hi there!
    What to play against 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.cd5 cd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5!? dc4 7.d5 Na5!?
    ??
    I think this move is stronger that 7..Ne5!
    Regards.
    M.

  126. 7… Na5 is a very sharp move . White may play 8. Nf3 e6 9. Bf6 gf 10. Bc4! keeping strong pressure.

  127. can you please also answer all the other questions asked recently with no reply? thanks

  128. Hi, Mr. Alterman, I was wondering if it was OK for white to use an danish gambit setup against the Sicilian Defense. After: 1. e4, c5 2. d4, cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bb4, cxb2 5. Bxb2,

    Is white’s position OK?
    I have been playing this online and doing quite well.
    Is there a refutation?
    Does it have a name?
    If it has no refutation, how come I can’t find any information about it

  129. I was hoping on your next video lecture on icc you could show, the ideas behind Adolf Andersson`s immortal game with his famous gambit sacrificial blitz checkmating black. with the white pieces.
    Also I was wondering if you could reccomend the cunningham defence for black after e4 e5 , f4 exf4 nf3, be7 ?
    thanks
    shanon from new zealand

  130. I was inspired by the first part of your lecture on the King’s Gambit on the ICC. Specifically, I am interested in making the Bc4 line of the King’s Gambit Accepted a main part of my repertoire. (My rating is around 1850.) One drawback that I have read about this opening from chess books (for example, Mastering the Chess Openings, volume 1, by IM John Watson), is that Black can often take advantage of the g1 to a7 diagonal once the center is simplified. Is this something to worry about? Should I only use this opening as a surprise?

  131. Dear GM Boris Alterman,
    Thanks a lot for your fantastic Gambit Guide which improved my chess level very much.
    In the two knights defence Chigorin Gambit, what will be black’s best line after 1-e4 e5 2-Nf3 Nc6 3-Bc4 Nf6 4-Ng5 d5 5-exd5 Na5 6-Bb5+ c6 7-dxc6 bxc6 8-Bd3??
    I know it’s very bad move for White, but what is Black best line here?
    Thanks & Best Regards

  132. try h6 followed by e4 , Ismail

  133. in the Janisch gambit what’s the best line after 1.e4 e5
    2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 dxe4 7.Nxc6 Qg5 8.Qe2
    thank you

  134. hi mr Alterman,

    I just found your web and it’s very good. As an adult beginner I feel that playing gambit help us learn tactic faster. This is because in gambit opening we already have specific idea and the game will flow from the start. Can you please continue with Scandinavian defence (1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5…) in BLACK perspective, because I just convert to this opening and still find it difficult.

    Btw, can you cover anti-Smith Morra gambit also for Black Sicilian player also.

    regards,
    yull
    singapore

  135. Boris, I’ve been away from ICC & just logged back on. Boy, you’ve certainly been busy with Gambit Guide. Enough to keep me busy too, but one is missing!

    The black’s counter-gambit against white’s King’s gambit: 1. e4 e5
    2. f4 d5
    3. exd5 e4

    I forgot the name of it, and after the game, which I won, I went to see what mistakes I made and it wasn’t there.

  136. its called the falkbeer countergambit and he did 3 good videos on it

  137. HI Boris………….i enjoy your series on gambit guides on icc…………………they are very helpful and instructive indeed for improving one’s chess skills…………………i was wondering if you can have a video lesson/gambit guide on the following line – 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 e5 3.Bc4 Bc5 and ——– 4.d4?!…..or if this is already analyzed then correct me with it…….have a nice day!

  138. and also one more thing……can you show us some lines/variations of the chigorin gambit that are favorable or equal for white!?…….. all the previous videos have analyzed this from Black’s point of view i feel 🙂

  139. the rubinstein variation is great! thanks!

  140. Mr Alterman, could you include a sneeky line e4 e5 f4 Qf6? I feel that this line is very unusual!

  141. I recently played a game with the Albin Counter Gambit, following the ideas you present in your “gambit guide” ICC video. I showed the game to a lot of strong players that disagreed with your analysis and said that black is actually losing 3 whole tempos in your variation.

    Can you briefly examine the game and tell me why this line is good for black? Maybe I was wrong to exchange queens? I’m not sure..

    [ECO “D08”]
    [Opening “QGD”]
    [Variation “Albin counter-gambit, Lasker trap”]
    [TimeControl “1200+0”]

    1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. e3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 dxe3
    6. fxe3 Qh4+ 7. g3 Qe4 8. Nf3 Qxe3+ 9. Qe2 Bxd2+ 10. Nbxd2 Qxe2+ 11. Bxe2 Nc6 12. Kf2 Nge7 13. Bd3 Bg4 14. h3 Bh5 15. g4 Bg6 16. Be4 O-O-O 17. Rad1 Bxe4 18. Nxe4 Ng6 19. e6 Rde8 20. Neg5 fxe6 21. Rhe1 e5 22. Re4 h6 23. Nf7 Rhf8 24. Nd6+ cxd6 25. Rxd6 Nh4
    0-1

  142. I liked the new italian gambit video you put up. In the last game example, what happens if on move 12 instead of retreating the knight , black plays … Q-C5? Does the attack on the C4 knight and the discovery allow black to equalize?

  143. Dear Boris,

    Why do none of your Albin Counter-gambit videos deal with 3. cxd5 for white? Seems to me many players not familiar with the gambit might play that move… is it bad for white?

    Thanks,

    Spiderman

  144. Hello, GM Alterman! I would like to start by saying thank you for your brilliant series which I have found very instructive and has helped by both expanding my opening knowledge and improving my understanding of key concepts and ideas in chess.

    I was wondering if you could do a series on the Smith-Morra Gambit (1. e4 c5 2. d4) in the Sicilian Defense. I recently played through a Michael Adams game where he used this opening to great effect against a lower-rated player.

    Thanks,

    Nick

  145. Hi Mr. Alterman!
    I enjoy your Gambit Guide lectures. My suggestion for a new series is the French gambit line 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4 10.Ne2 Nbc6 11.f4 Bd7 12.Qd3 dxc3.
    Greetings Harry

  146. Hi Mr. Altermani have seen most of your lectures about the gambit lines and i have used them with succes.

    I am going to play a guy rated over 2000 and i know he plays the Reti opening, any suggestions how to play against him?

    Luckily for me, i have over a month to prepare it.

    Thanks in advance.

    Alex

  147. Hi Mr. Alterman i have seen most of your lectures about the gambit lines and i have used them with succes.

    I am going to play a guy rated over 2000 and i know he plays the Reti opening, any suggestions how to play against him?

    Luckily for me, i have over a month to prepare it.

    Thanks in advance.

    Alex

  148. Hey, Mr. Alterman. I was wondering if you could do a lecture on the Halloween Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Nxe5?!). It may look dubious, but it can pack quite a punch against unprepared players! It has good results for White on chessgames.com and I think it could be a useful weapon to have – especially for blitz.

  149. Hello Mr Alterman! I have recently converted from the french denfense to the classical 1. e5. (my fide rating is around 1900). What do you suggest against 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4?
    I look forward to your reply, Michael.

    p.s. I love your 4 knights rubinstein variation!

  150. Hello!

    With quick browsing I wasn’t able to find 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 line in your Petroff Defense videos on chess.fm. Did you look at it and in which video?

    Thank you in advance.

  151. Hi Mr. Alterman!

    I was going through your gambit guide video, Scandinavian Gambit. I was wondering how black can continue after 1. e4 d5. 2.e5

    Thanks in Advance

  152. Sir,please tell me if white plays panov attack against scandinavian gambit then how should black play
    i should play Milner Gambit or Alekhine chartered attack against french defence which is bette

  153. hello, mr.alterman,,,and thank you for your lectures on gambit’s,they have helped my game tremendously and i would like to know if and when you will do a lecture and the queens gambit…i face it alot these days and would like to know the most popular lines in it….once again thank you for your lectures on icc,,,iknow they have helped many many players get better…..

  154. when will you do a lecture on the queens gambit,,,,it is a very tough one to beat and i would love to see you do a lecture on the queen’s gambit,,,,thank you for your help on all your previous gambit guide series and am waiti g for one on the queen’s gambit,,,,

  155. Hello !
    I just managed to beat my first NM with the TRAXLER ATTACK. Thanks.
    Still he played quite a good move after:
    1 e4 e5
    2 Nf3 Nc6
    3 Bc5 Nf6
    4 Ng5 Bc5
    5 Nxf7 Bxf2
    6 Kf1 Qe7
    7 Nxh8 D5
    8 Exd5 Bg4
    9 Be2 Bxe2
    10 Qxe2 Nd4
    11 Qxf2 0-0-0

    Now he played Na3 !! This move I think is quite good
    The game lasted only 3 more moves :
    12 … Rf8
    Kg1 Ng4
    Qe1 Qc5
    He also said after the game that Ke1 instead of Kg1 is very good for white. What do you think ? What lines can you give me after 12.Na3 ?

  156. Is there any advantage in the Morra gambit to playing 2 Nf3 rather than the immediate 2. d4?

    It seems the gambit can still be played but it leaves black wondering for one more move what will be played.

    Thanks.

  157. Hi Boris,

    After really enjoying your series of Gambit Guides, I think it would be really awesome if you did one on the Wing Gambit, as I regularly use it in blitz but don’t really know much of the theory.

    Thanks.

  158. Did Boris Alterman forgot about his blog ?

  159. Hello Mr. Alterman,
    I have really enjoyed you gambit guide. I have never studied any chess opening. I play on ICC randomly, I guess with some success (ICC highest ratings; 1 min 1576, 5 min – 1876, 15 min – 1933). Can you recommend a few openings (two at the most) that would be good for a theoretical chess beginner?

  160. why are there only questions and no answers? has the blog been transferred to somewhere else?

  161. Dear Boris,

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed one of the games you presented on the Cochrane Gambit. It was the game Nalbandian – Perl which goes right through to an endgame. Brilliant – and very fun!

    Best wishes,

    Aaron.

  162. Dear Mr. Alterman,

    I actually joined ICC mainly because I watched a preview of your gambit guide videos and really wanted to know more. Thank you so much for these wonderful lectures!

    I have a question on the Blumenfeld Gambit. After
    4. … b5
    5.b3 exd5
    6.cxd5 Bb7
    7.Bg5 Qa5+
    8.Bd2 Qb6
    you comment that the pawn on d5 is very weak.

    I encountered this variation recently in one of my internet games and my opponent responded with 9.e4! Now, the continuation you suggested after 7.e4! doesn’t work because of the B on d2. Capturing e4 with the knight immediately seems too dangerous (10.Qe2 Bxd5 11.Ng5). What to you suggest for black after 9.e4 ?

    Thanks in advance!

    Best,

    Viktor

  163. Regarding the Milner-Barry Gambit. Can you explain some deviations from the gambit – for example, if Black play c4 (instead of taking the pawn on d4) winning tempo on Bd3 move? I mean is there any danger for White if Black refuses to take on d4?

    Thanks for the great videos!
    Benzi

  164. comment on Milner-Barry gambit video lecture #1 – Qd6, Nb5, BxK, BxB+, Kd8, Qa4 – you say black is in trouble (white prepares Bf4) – but it seems black has Qb4!! saving move that is favorite for black – Q’s exchanged andblack is in advantage.

  165. Mr. Alterman,

    I just wanted to drop you a note thanking you for your recent Kasparov Gambit on the ICC. I watch your Gambit’s Guide show weekly with enthusiasm (even though I’m not a great chess player by any means, but I love the history of the game), and when you covered the “Octopus Game” by Garry Kasparov I was thrilled. It is easily my favorite game that he has ever produced. The way his Knight on d3 strangled Karpov’s pieces was a thing of beauty, and then you add the fact that his Rooks took control of the c&e files it was a position you could take a picture of.

    Anyways, Thanks again. Oh, and nice website by the way.
    ~Mike

  166. Dear Boris….

    I am a member on ICC and have been following your Gambit guide lectures. I love those lectures, and I think using some of the opening lines you suggest there has helped my understanding of chess allot…

    I wanted to ask you if you could cover the following gambit in your Gambit guide series on ICC, I don’t know it’s name but it goes like this:

    1. e4 – c5
    2. b4

    Thank you again for all your efforts in the world of chess,
    and I wish you all the best.

  167. Hello!
    I’m a brazilian member on ICC and I have been following your Gambit Guide every week.
    I love it.
    So, I woud like tell you that “Semi-Slav: Winawer variation” link to Part II doesn’t work. It show us the link Part I.
    I would thank you if you can correct this.
    I wish you all the best

  168. I recently play a few matches where I tried a gambit idea against the Caro-Kann Defense. The idea behind the gambit is in line with some of the things you discussed in your gambit lecture series, however I will admit that the moves violates some opening principles. The games starts as follows:

    1. e4 c6
    2. d4 d5
    3. e5 Bf5
    4. g4 Bg6 (Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation, Bayonette Attack)
    5. h4 h6
    6. h5 Bh7
    7. e6?!

    My question is this: Does this gambit have a name, or is it just a part of the attack itself? Does anyone have any thoughts on this interesting gambit?

  169. Hi,
    Your gambit guide series is awesome. I want lessons on slav for white. Is there any gambit white can play against semi slav?
    Also want to learn caro kann advance variation in which black outclass white with gambit lines.I have problems playing against budapest. Please some lectures on budapest for white perspective. Waiting for ur reply and thanx in advance.

  170. Hello- My question concerns the Traxler gambit from black’s point of veiw after 1.e4, e5 2.nf3, nc6 3.bc4, nf6 4.ng5, bc5 5.nf7 bf2+ 6.kf1, qe7 7.nh8, d5 8.ed bg4 9.be2, be2 10.qe2, nd4 11qf2, 0-0-0 What if white plays 12d6 What would blacks best reply be? Thanks! Ron-

  171. Hi Boris,
    I’ve just received your book for my birthday & I like it very much.
    I was afraid that there was only explanations and very little theory but there are both !! So this book is great !
    Is it possible to know which gambits you will covers in the “Black Gambits” tome ? I think : Jaenisch, Blumenfeld, Albin, ?? or is it a secret ?
    Will the book contains opening like the Panov & Philidor you use in “White Gambits” . Not real gambits, but as you said :”in the spirit of gambits”
    However, now I’m happy to have an agressive variation to play against the CK !!
    Thanks a lot for this great book, now I think we are, all, looking forward “Black Gambits”
    Michel

  172. Hi, Boris Alterman. Please tell me plz the most universal open developement for black. Forexample, if white plays old indian opening, i can make center or play old indian defence. But what is the best decision in the case, where white does not make centre in the opening?

    Thank you very much.

  173. Hi, Mr. Alterman
    In the Dainsh Gambit:
    1e4 e5 2d4 cd 3c3 dc 4Bc4 cb 5Bb2 Bb4 6Nd2 what do I do if instead of Qg5 they play Nc6 or Nf6?
    Thanks
    Tony

  174. Hi Boris,

    I very much enjoy your Gambit Guide series on chess.fm. Any plans to do a couple of videos on the Scotch Gambit? I think it would fit nicely with your Max Lange and other videos, and fill a gap.

    Will

  175. Hello mr. Alterman!
    I have really enjoyed your gambit guide series on ICC. I have had success with the Kotrc – Meises Gambit and have also been using the Goring Gambit very often in blitz (my uscf rating is 1518 and I pulled down a 1927 with the goring). I looked through your videos and despite Smith Morra Gambit being in your book, you have not made a video on it.
    I have had great success with the Smith Morra, and was wondering if you could make a video on it. Thanks!
    -Zach

  176. hello boris, my sn on icc is tlingitshark and i have studied all your gambit video’s on icc. They have improved my game tremendously. But there are 2 gambits i would love to see you do a video. one is the scotch gambit. I don’t know how to answer to it everytime someone uses it on me on icc games and i would like to see your video on the queens gambit to learn all the main variations to that line. thanks so much for your help and instructional video’s. I mainly only play gambits now! thanks…tlingitshark

  177. Dear GM Boris, Thank you so much for your gambit guide series… it is BY FAR the best investment for my limited time.

    In the Urusov Gambit lecture 1 after:

    1. e4 e5
    2. Bc4 Nf6
    3. d4 exd4
    4. Nf3 Nxe4
    5. Qxd4 Nf6
    6. Bg5 Be7
    7. Nc3 d6
    8. 0-0-0 0-0
    9. Qh4 Nc6
    10.Bd3 h6
    11.Bxh6 Ng4
    12.Bg5

    …what is to prevent black from simply playing Nh6?

    Thanks,
    Randall Frank
    Ithaca, NY

  178. Hi Alterman,

    I am an IT guy and looking for developing a system for training chess for all sorts of skill groups. Please let me know your interests in funding the project and do please revert for any more details..

    RaviGoru

  179. Hi GM Alterman,
    I love your videos. I am a huge fan of the danish gambit, but I never learned how to counter this line:
    1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4 cxb2 5. Bxb2 d6

    I seem to find that people sometimes don’t fully accept the final pawn and just play d6 before playing cxb2, or they play what I listed above. They also always seem to attempt to play Be6 and trade off bishops. I am a very agressive player and I do well in the endgame (but only if I am equal or above in material of course) and I find that without my light squared bishop, this gambit doesnt work as well as it usually does. Do you have any advice?

    Thanks,
    Eric

  180. sir alterman

    i really enjoyed ur gambit guide.

    wat white should do after
    1.e4 c5 2. Nc3 e5

  181. Dear Mr Alterman,

    After a six-year break, I just came back to chess 🙂 a few weeks ago, and discover your very interesting lesson series on ICC ! They are really great , with your explanations, chess seems so easy ! I just bought your new book a few days ago, it is of high practical interest and in the same time written in a clear and entertaining style. The only thing I can say is I can’t wait reading the second volume !

    I was especially interested in your lessons on ICC on Benko Gambit and your recommended variation when white plays 3. Nf3, not entering in a “benoni-like” structure.

    I was very fond of playing the Benko gambit some years ago, but I noticed that many white players (I should mention that I was an average club player, with a FIDE Elo around 2000, so my opponents were mostly in the 1900-2100 range) used to decline the gambit with 3.e3 instead of 3. Nf3. I guess you can transpose to a good half-dozen of openings from that position, but could you recommend an healthy and active approach for Black, even if -strictly speaking – it’s not a gambit ?

    I noticed that in your book there was a strong emphasis on variations from the Bishop’s Opening/Guioco Piano/ Two Knights defense complex. And it’s true these openings are quite fascinating, as a “native” d4 player, i would like trying to include them in my repertoire. But there is such a “transpositional jungle” that it’s not evident to see which variations (not covered by your book) are also necessary. Maybe in a future edition, you should add something like a bird’s eye view the content of your book, making short suggestions on how to complete it to a repertoire…
    Just an example : I want to play Urussov Gambit + Morphy Attack + Max Lange Attack . Is it in itself a complete repertoire after 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 ? I guess not, probably some lines of the Vienna opening / King’s Gambit Declined should be added; or ?

    Again a lot of thanks for the wonderful job !

    Best regards
    Jean

  182. Dear Boris,
    In your latest video discussing the Riga Variation – I think you discussed the variation
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 exd4 7.Re1
    d5 8.c4 dxc3 9.Nxc3 Be6 10.Ne5 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Qd6 12.Bf4 Qc5

    saying that this should be ok for Black. In the game Djuric vs Boskovic , White continued

    13.Nxf7
    Kxf7 14.Rxe6 and eventually lost after not showing enough compensation. However if White had continued Qf3 (found by Houdini) instead of Re6 , it looks like Black may well be in great difficulties. This would suggest that Ne5 is probably a good line for White.

    Love your column and keep up the good work!

  183. Hello, Mr. Alterman. I used Traxler Counterattack many times in tournaments. But when I was analyzing one game with my coach, I found one interesting continuation for white:
    1. e4 e5
    2. Nf3 Nc6
    3. Bc4 Nf6
    4. Ng5 Bc5
    5. N:f7 B:f2+
    6. K:f2 N:e4+
    7. Kf3 Qh4
    8. Qf3
    What should black do to win?

  184. Oh sorry, I mixed the moves. I thought about 7. Kg1 Qh4 8. Qf1.
    Russian Wikipedia says that after 8. … Rf8 black has better position, but I will prefer play with white in this position. Are there some strong variations for black?

  185. Hello Mr. Alterman!
    I absolutely love your gambit guide videos! One thing I’ve been noticing is they seem to be becoming more shorter and on lesser known openings only achieved at say a 2200 level, where as with a class player most of the time they have deviated from that line, compared to, say, the Kings Gambit on move 2. I was wondering, what about the scotch gambit? or after 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Nxe4 4. Nf3 this is another gambit that definitely holds some bite.
    I also have a question about the Latvian Gambit, which I’ve always been fascinated with. After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Bc4 fxe4 4. Nxe5 black can play 4…Qg5 and 4…d5. But what about after 4…d5 5. Qh5+ g6 6. Nxg6 Nf6 applying the same ideas in the 3. Nxe5 line? Doesnt this give a huge advantage to black? This just gives black twi pieces for the rook, and seems to be very good. I’m only 1607, what do I know, but please let me know what you think. Thanks!
    -Zach

  186. also, just another note, I think you would find the Icelandic Gambit very entertaining, as well as the Portugese variation of the Scandinavian. There are still plenty of classical choices! Also maybe a wing gambit against the sicilian or french? I would love to see these videos.

  187. Hi Mr. Alterman,

    I got your lessons on ICC, and I would like to ask you a question about Latvian Gambit game. After 1. e4 e5, 2. Nf3 f5, 3. Nxe5 Nc6, 4. Qh5+ g6, 5. Nxg6 Nf6, 6. Qh3 hxg6, 7. Qxh8 Qe7, 8. d3 fxe4, 9. dxe4, what is the best move of black? Would you please explain that in detail? Thank you very much.

    Tay Nguyen

  188. Hello Mr. Alterman I received the ICC newsletter stating that you will have a new show and I was wondering if Gambit Guide would continue.

  189. Hey boris. as a beginner your insights and advice have really deepened my understanding of chess, thanks. My question is do you think that the danish gambit would be a good response to the sicilian defense if not why. Thanks and good bless.

  190. Hi Mr Alterman, ur articles on danish gambit and fried liver were excellent. I would be obliged if you analyzed this game and told me where Iost my positional advantage and what had i done wrong. The game was as follows: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 e×d4 3.c3 d×c3 4.Bc4 c×b2 5. B×b2 Qh4 6. Nc3 Bb4 7. Qd4 Nf6 8. B×f7 K×f7 9. Q×b4 Nc6 10. Qc4 Ke5.

  191. HI Mr Alterman do you coach online(privately)?

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  193. GM hw ae y? I am a learner@ really enjoy yo lectures. My Q is on e Danish gambit after e4 e5, d4 ex, c3 dx, Bc4 @ black does not x the bpon what should i do next? Thank u in advance

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  195. Mr Alterman,

    I was looking at one of your videos on the Panov Attack Caro-Kann defense. What you recommend on 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 c4 nf6 nc3 e6 nf3 bb4!? This line you mentioned in your video series, what would be a good line for white?

  196. Борис, здравствуйте,

    Мы с сыном купили все Ваши замечательные “гамбитные” книжки, очень увлекательное чтение, большое спасибо. Возник вопрос не совсем шахматного плана. В книжке white gambits по поводу гамбита Морра на странице 374 написано “The best move is 7. … Ng4 and this will be studied in the Practice & Puzzles section”. Но мы не можем найти эту Practice & Puzzles section! Помогите 🙂

    Спасибо,

    Женя

    • Hi Thanks for feedback ,
      It should be games 81 – 82 ( Practice & Puzzles ” there you can find the answer how to play against 6…Ng4 and 7…Ng4

  197. Look at game Game 88 as well

  198. Hello Mr Alterman,

    I follow your Gambit Guides on ICC.
    Especially the Göring Gambit was very much fun to try on club level and I won some games with the Göring Gambit.
    BUT…. last time an opponent got a way of declining the gambit against me and that gavehim nice piece-play:
    1. e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 ed4: 4. c3 d5 !
    Maybe I did something wrong but he got nice piece-play with
    5. ed5: Qd5: 6.cd4: Bg4 7. Be2 Nf6 8. Nc3 Qa5

    Is there a better way to combat 4. d5! ?

    I would be very greatfull if you will go into this. Maybe a part 4 for the Göring gambit in your Gambit Guide series?

    Thanks in advance,

  199. Hi Mr Alterman. I was enjoying your Grand Prix Gambit Guide video on ICC, and you were discussing part 1, where Black didn’t play the main line of ..Nge7 after white tried to sacrifice a pawn with f4-f5, and instead grabbed the pawn. The main line is Black ignoring the sac and playing Nge7 then d7-d5, but in your next video as of 1/14/2016, you discuss 2. Nf3 instead of going back to the main line of the Grand Prix. Was this the correct video? What happened to the line with Black playing the correct defense with ..Nge7 and …d7d5 ?

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  201. Hi mr Alterman,

    Do you cover somewhere e.g. in your (highly appreciated!) series on ICC the so called Colorado gambit ( 1 e4-Nc6 2 Nf3-f5!)?

    tnx for the answer!

  202. hello sir my name is ayush gupta and i am from india i want your help in professional chess i am an advanced player and trained from gm igor smirnov of russai and damian lemos.i had send you an email

  203. it would of great honour if you help mei in chess i am very talented student

  204. sir please help mei give your personal suggestions thankyou

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