Kings Gambit Declined – Classical Defense

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The Kings Gambit is one of the most popular openings for white and has many different ways to defend against it. For those players that decide to decline the gambit, the Classical Defense is one of the more common ways for black to play. This is an in-depth video of how white can attack the Classical variation.


  1. Awesome video is intrusive and easy to follow I like it 👌

  2. At 8minutes I find actually the black Knight moves to the opposite direction so not d2 but to f2 that actually stops castling of white?Could someone explain what to do if that happens. Please 🙏

  3. I have always been fascinated by the King's Gambit. I have always wondered how to play it correctly. Sometimes it is seen in top level chess players online but normally I don't see it. I love gambits though. Played the Blackmar Diemer gambit for a while. Watching your video….

  4. What if black moves Queen to F6 for its second move?

  5. Can you do the Danish Gambit declined too pls?

  6. Awesome vid! Actually I play the classical defense against the king's gambit and my friends don't know how to respond to it! 

  7. How would you defend against black queen to H4 on 4th move?

  8. You sound really energetic today! 😀 More videos please!!

  9. Do some rare openings, i started to play ponziani beacause of you

  10. Best move for black is to pin the Knight on f3 with Bc8 – g4.  No matter what white does he can't save the Knight after bishop takes bring Qh4.  White King will have to move.

  11. the KGD is quite possible to reach from a vienna or bishops opening as well, in case you dont want to play 2. f4…but you couldnt play this c3 line…you would need to play Bc4 or Nc3 and reach a position that seems to be about 70% in favor of white in GM games…which is way above average

  12. in 18:20, why not Bh4? I think it's winning material immediately or destroying the pawn structure and removing the right to castle of white.

  13. Are there any ways for Black to defend which are not flawed?

  14. Can U Make A Video About Byrds Opening(I Mean F4 First). There Is No Well Done Videos About It. 

  15. thanks for the upload. more content would be great!

  16. at 5:55, after white defends from check with Bd2, why wouldn't black just play Nxe4?

  17. holy crap kevin i was going to put your picture on a milk carton where have you been?!

  18. What if black moves pawn D7 to D5 instead of the bishop? Then white can no longer bring the knight to F3 without being threatened after D5 takes on E4.

  19. This video is very instructive ad easy to follow along. I applaud you for a great upload. I am fairly new to the channel but would lie to see something similar for the QGD any line. If it's already been some on your channel I'll find it sooner or later thanks.

  20. i want to practice openings, defending against some openings, and play tactic puzzles. can someone recomend me program that can do that?

  21. Only a dumbass would come to c5 with the bishop in the beginning

  22. Hi Kevin,
    If can throw some light on the move… @ 4:26 black plays d5 in place of d6…

  23. I appreciate your effort but in a way it's kind of weird that you just skip the main line after 4.c3 which is 4.Bb6! 
    Also your video contains a few analytical misjudgements. EG: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.c3 f5 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 fxe4 8.Bxb4 exf3 9.Qxf3
    White's position is somewhat shaky and black appears to have enough resources. 
     Nc6 (I think that you should at least mention it )10.Bc3 (10.Bb5-Bd7 is similair) Qh4+ 11.g3 Qe7+ 12.Kf2 
    ( 12.Be2 Nf6 13.O-O Bg4 14.Qg2 Bxe2 15.Re1 O-O 16.Rxe2 Qf7 17.Nd2 Rae8 18.Rae1 Rxe2 19.Rxe2 Qxa2 is almost winning for black )
    12…Nf6 13.d5 Bg4 14.Qd3 Qe4 15.Qxe4+ Nxe4+ 16.Kg1 Nxc3 17.Nxc3 Ne7 18.Kf2 Rf8 19.Re1 Kd7 20.h3 Bh5 21.Bd3 Bg6 with an equal position. 

    Just saying that I think that you should look a bit closer when doing a video on an opening. I realise that this isn't pitched at my level but still I think that if you are misinformed that you are an easy target for somebody who knows his stuff. 

  24. Could we see some Black-oriented King's Gambit videos? In all of these videos you clearly favor White, but it would be great to see some ways to defend against the King's Gambit.

  25. Wait, after moving white pawn to D4 in an attempt to get the bishop to move couldn't the bishop be moved to B4 and put white's king in check? or am I missing something?

  26. i want to play this as black and i want to see the 'critical mistake'

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