Annoying Chess Opening: Beat the Englund Gambit as White

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🔹 TRICKY Chess Opening for Black Against 1.d4 [Unstoppable Attack] –

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shows how to counter one of the most annoying and tricky chess openings by Black, the Englund Gambit, which arises after 1.d4 e5. Black’s idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen’s pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn.

You will learn how to counter this gambit as White, common traps by Black and how to escape them, and how to counter Black’s tricks.

► Chapters

00:00 Nasty Chess Opening Trick, Englund Gambit Counter
00:42 Do NOT fall for this trap (avoid this mistake)
01:58 White’s best move to win (counter-trick)
02:58 1) If Black plays 6…Bb4
04:44 Creating the second knight fork
05:51 Beautiful tactics to win the game
07:29 2) If Black plays 6…Nb4
08:58 Black’s last tricky attempt
09:58 Puzzle of the day: Can you find the win?

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  1. 1.Nd5 Qc6(After Nd5 Black queen takes the night on b5,then Nc7+ it's a triple fork winning the queen)
    2.Nbc7+ Kd8
    3.Nxa8(White wins the rook for free) b5 (If again Qxd5 then Bg5+ winning the black queen for free

  2. Excellent video. Thanks for sharing 🎉

  3. Englud player here. Came here to see what I need to face shortly.

  4. Nd5 seems pretty good. The queen has to go just stand over on g6 or something

  5. Thanks for this video! I've been getting into chess again lately and I'm trying to expand my play styles. I am a big fan of the Wayward Queen attack simply because of how aggressive it is. But I like the Hare Defense/Meadow Hay Trap opening too. This is a great strategy breakdown and I look forward to employing it.

  6. Excellent! Before this video, I had stopped my preparation at 6.Nc3 thinking I had prevented Black's only trap but you are correct, there is more to it and the moves for White are not easy to find, especially in Blitz. Now I feel more prepared-thanks Igor!

  7. En este correo electrónico la lengua materna es el castellano, aunque entiendo bastante de inglés no lo tengo como habitual y me falta fluidez, luego les quedan dos opciones no enviar videos a este correo en inglés o bien en su lugar enviarlos EN CASTELLANO los cuales que serían bienvenidos, GRACIAS

  8. Yes yes yes thank you so much we need this other than denying the gambit

  9. my man really said "I don't give a fock"

  10. So a complicated gambit for white to react but a winning position for white if the player knows what they're doing.

  11. thank you! i was just looking for this yesterday!

  12. My guess is Nd5, when black queen moves away, NC2.
    Great videos! Thank you!😊😊😊

  13. 0:52 after Qb4+, you can also play Nc3, let black grab your bishop on f4, then you go Nd5, forking Queen and c7! Usually a big surprise for black, white gets a good game, specially at blitz games, if black doesnt know the line. Black should be very careful.

  14. This is a very good and instructive video on refuting the Englund Gambit!
    I have lost games to it; and appreciate learning how to refute it.

  15. knight d5 with the idea of nc7 next move. If the pawn takes your knight, black loses his rook, if his queen takes your knight, that's lost to the nc7 fork. If black just moves the queen to save her, nbc7 anyway to win the rook.

  16. Nd5 move and et al., wins atleast Rook or Queen.

  17. I use this gambit to counter london but now london players is gonna counter me instead 💀

  18. What if you moved your knight to A4 chasing away the queen and then getting the paw that is targeting your second knight at 8:08

  19. the winning move is Nd5 and if Qxb5 then Nc7+ forking the king, queen and the rook

  20. I think d4 is the annoying opening, not 1…e5

  21. In 1933 a gentleman by the name of Willem Nicolaas Dinger attempted to play this opening as Black in a simultaneous exhibition by Alexander Alekhine, who had won the world championship six years earlier. Alekhine dismantled Dinger in 28 moves.

  22. The C7 check to the King is wrong. You move the Knight B4 you check the king and the knight takes the Queen… come on man

  23. Englund gambit is the same as wwq attack. Hartlaub Charlick variation is much better. (dxe5 d6) also it's much trickier. Regardless of white moves except knight b5 pin(you play qd2) just bg4 nc6 nf3 qe2 000. There are potential bishop sacs on h2 if they castle. You got easy opposite side castle and easy plan (pawn push on the kingside) many opponents just develop but falls for bxh2+ either winning the queen or the king.

  24. Puzzle best move knight d5

  25. Yep I faced this opening before. It's a good gambit but I never tried it.

  26. As white (in blitz/bullet), I usually just play 1. d4 e5 2. dxe Nc6 3. Nf3 Qe7 4. Nd2 Nxe5 5. NxN QxN 6. Nf3… and it's a comfortable game.

  27. excellent practical tricks and explanations, just do not talk so fast ………………………….

  28. I hate when people play this against me so I decided to watch this video. Usually, I watch a chess video and totally forget all the moves and screw it all up lol. Today somebody tried to play the Englund against me and I absolutely demolished them thanks to this video. Opponent resigned after 10 moves with me scoring 100% accuracy. Woohoo!

  29. for anyone who's wondering Nd5 is the move at the end. If they take your knight you fork their queen and their king, otherwise you get their rook with the fork.

  30. 10:11
    The move is Nd5, it threathens the queen while also simultaneously resuming the threat of the fork on the next move (Nc7), and the only move that can prevent the fork from happening without losing the queen is Qd8
    After Qd8, you deliver the move Nd6, and thats checkmate

    (correct me if im wrong)

  31. I love your channel – "I don't give a f#$@" had me laughing 😂

  32. Once again, watching your video helped me win another game. My opponent played nothing like the video but ALL of your instructions are slowly sinking in. Thank you GM Smirnov, you have a way of teaching that is easy to absorb 👍

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