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

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🔹 Chess Opening: Englund Gambit 1.d4 e5 | Traps and Ideas –

In this video lesson, we will explore an aggressive chess opening for Black against the White’s first move 1.d4. If you are playing 1.d4 yourself as White or if you are looking for an aggressive way to counter 1.d4 as Black, then you are going to love this!

GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the Englund Gambit, which happens after the first moves 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.

This will be a surprise for your opponents who play 1.d4 looking for a more positional game with strategic ideas. In this video lesson, you will learn the Blackburne–Hartlaub Gambit, which happens after 2.dxe5 d6, aiming for quick development after 3.exd6 Bxd6.

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00:00 Aggressive Chess Opening for Black Against 1.d4
00:21 Englund Gambit 1.d4 e5: Why?
01:49 2…d6 – Blackburne-Hartlaub Gambit
03:46 White loses their Queen: Can you find it?
04:34 Black’s Winning Attack on Kingside
07:06 Line-2: If White plays 6.Bg5
09:05 Tip: How to find Attacking Moves
09:50 Line-3: If White plays 3.Nf3, not 3.exd6
11:55 Thank you for your support!

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184 Comments

  1. What if white plays Bg5 on move 3 (instead of Bf4)?

  2. bishop takes on h2 and after knight takes bishop rook takes queen

  3. THANK YOU! Playing black against computer, I have not been able to crack 50% winning percentage, yet on level 5. I played levels 1-4 until I won well more than 50% overall, eventually, winning 9 out of ten games on level 4…I once beat white on level 9, and, actually got a stalemate on level 10! BUT, I have strained to break 50% on level 5…it has been FRUSTRATING! But, this one lesson has showed me much about pawn sacrifice and gambit, and, it is WORKING for me!!!!!!! 1,000 THANK YOUS!

  4. This is the Englund variation known as the Harltaub-Charlick gambit. Definitely more interesting the usual gambit, spasibo Igor'!

  5. thanks 4 the vid, i like the englund gambit so ill have to give this a try

  6. I would not play this gambit in a tournament, 1. d4 e5 2.d6 Nf3 and the initiative dies and you are a pawn down

  7. Great video. Just had a question what if they move knight to d5 and put pressure on your queen ? Where do you move the queen

  8. This is great, I'm a 950 rated blitz player and this will be perfect for opponents looking to play the london or queens gambit

  9. Before the move Nf6 we can take Bxh2 to trap the queen?

  10. At 3:22, what happens if the pawn is placed on h3 to put pressure on bishop??

  11. Awesome video. The reason white cannot castle is because of Bxh2+, with a discovered attack on the white queen.

  12. Can anybody explain to me why white wouldn’t just play bb5 instead of bd2 @ 3:49? Doesn’t that ruin blacks plans of castling queen side completely?

  13. Hi Igor, its an interesting variation. since the Englund gambit is rare I imagine lower rated players will not know how to punish it, and black will get an active game with d4 players on the backfoot.

    However, more advanced players will still come out of the opening with an advantage and if they maintain it they'll be better in the endgame. After black's light square bishop goes to g4, its best for white to play h3. But even if white follows your moves they still are better, until they castle kingside. That's a mistake since they castle directly into black's attack. Its better to keep the king in the center and play h3 instead. If black exchanges the bishop, then white can play Qe2 preparing to castle queenside, thus avoiding black's kingside attack.

    p.s. very glad you got your channel back. You're a very clear teacher where i always get some new ideas and encouragement. I subscribed.

  14. Hey folks, just a quick question at 3:49. What if the opponent attacks our queen with the night instead of Bishop b2? So knight d5?

  15. Hi Igor sir, I have a doubt can you tell me what if white never captures the d6 pawn. How will I develop my black bishop. Please help me

  16. what if after bishop on h4, white plsys h3 then g4 forcing our bishop back, delaying our castle and our attack.. what do i do then? there is also the possibility that he might develop his bishop later on from the white side.. and ofc the knight tempering out the center

  17. After white castle should black just take white knight so after black queen could go to h4?

  18. I take it back, black check the king with bishop opening his rook. As king is in check he can't move his queen, white moves his king to h1 and black takes the queen with the rook

  19. It seems to me that the move for black after the premature castle is for the black square bishop to take the h2 pawn checking the king. white, while picking up a bishop and rook loses his queen plus he is left with poor king protection.

  20. at 11:09 when you move the queen out for a multi-purpose attack why doesn't white push the pawn forward to check the king, threaten promotion and mess up your ability to castle?

  21. I love how ur cats jus sleeping on the desk

  22. 6: h3 puts a stop to this plan and at 10:20 white would play bishop g5 not f4 which would again leave white in a better position.

  23. May be a silly question but what if once you've played bishop to g4 white moves their pawn to h3, what would you suggest?

  24. Nice, I'm starting to like the gambit style of playing. Forces your opponent to make decisions right out of the gate and tends to disrupt whatever opening they might have planned. Just played this against a 1500s level player and beat them in 14 moves.👍

  25. What about if white plays obvious moves that are better like kicking your bishop with h3 or pinning your knight with bishop b5 and then trading to disrupt your queen side?

  26. When asked to write the moves in comments why not just show as well for those who don’t know instead of having to to look thru comments and see different answers. I’m still going to support the channel as always. 💯💯

  27. Igor, thank you very much for all of your videos! They are exceptionally thorough and you explain things in a very down-to-earth manner. I have been enjoying these quite a bit! I especially enjoyed the response to d4, because I've always struggled finding a way to put myself in a solid position to attack as black. I hope you will keep up the great work!

  28. omg, this is such a better way to play, it actually gives you a fun and solid position regardless of white's prep

  29. Today I`ve played this: 1. d4, e5 2. dxe5, d6, and my opponent did 3. Af4…

  30. What if an opponent plays pawn to h3 early before you managed to move bishop to g4?

  31. What do you do if white declines taking the opening pawn on E5 and plays E4 instead to solidify his position? Had such a situation and was a bit lost thereafter.

  32. This opening is amazing, had so much success and caught some very strong players off guard. My only question is: What do we do if white instead of developing the Bishop on e2 to break the Pin goes to b5 pinning our Knight on c6 to the King threatening to capture our Knight and double our pawns on c7 and c6. I had a game where after castle queenside my opponent took the Knight on c6 and doubled my pawns, leaving my King exposed on the B file. If that happens is it possible to still somehow castle queenside or should we castle king side instead?

  33. No need to struggle with the “ R” …. It’s ok to speak with your accent

  34. I wish you do more openings with C4/D4 with black and white tricks,cause a lots of players play this against me and i am more and E4 player.Thank you if you can do this!Your videos are very well done,very good!

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