73% Win Rate Gambit Opening for White After 1.e4 😱

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the most successful chess opening gambit for White after 1.e4. It is the Haxo Gambit from the Scotch Game which has a massive win rate of 73% in the most played line.

It happens after the opening moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4. This prioritizes quick development of your pieces and a powerful attack against the Black’s king. The crazy thing about this gambit is that the most natural looking moves by Black are losing badly!

► Chapters

00:00 Most Successful Chess Opening for White
00:13 The Haxo Gambit, Scotch Gambit Opening
01:15 1) Most played line 4…Bc5
03:14 73% Win Rate for White
05:25 If Black plays 5…Nf6 instead of 5…dxc3
08:22 2) If Black plays 4…h6
10:40 3) If Black plays 4…Nf6
14:19 4) Black’s correct response

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  1. I mostly play this gambit, but the moves in chapter 3 never came to my mind. Awesome, thank you Igor!

  2. Very good haxo gambit thank you to share this Igor it lack to me,some move,now my attack gonna do more great damage.I have a request can you give the trick to obtain the greek gift,i realize three time but it not always easy to do maybe you know some trick to obtain this more easily for example with a particular opening with white and with black also thank you!

  3. Nothing new here lmao! Scotch gambit wow if black knows theory this is nonsense! "Haxo gambit" lmao 😂

  4. I watch most of your videos and I actually won our chess competition!! Thank you GM Igor Smirnov

  5. I am trying to get this one, it is like a Scotch, and then a little bit of a Evans into a
    Dutch and then into a Jerome Gambit. I get the idea kinda. I am going to keep trying to get this one in a game.

  6. Really amazing Gambit, but I'm looking for a similar effective opening or Gambit for black. Thank you GM❤

  7. Lol I watched the first 5 min and went and played a game got someone to play into it kind of and won

  8. 15:20 yeah, my 1800 rated opponent will blunder it for sure 😂
    Great video tho.

  9. I just want to know if your opponent move the King on the same rank and can they castle after check and it move and check again and check and they castle because I know that went the king is move it is not allowed to castle and please let me know as soon as possible,please.

  10. alsways out of this world, wonderful. I have order some of your courses, great.

  11. Could you advise what happens on black D5 pawn move after the bishop moves C4 and pawn to c3?

  12. There are some more variations to this attack. I don't personally play it, though maybe I'll practice it some. I do see it enough to know what needs to get done to hopefully get a relatively even position. Can be dangerous though as one slip up can easily lead to mate.

  13. I am d4 player so I shouldnt watch this😂😂

  14. Thanks GM Igor for this great video! Loved it and watched the video several times to make sure I understand the main line plus the variations. Again my sincere thanks for teaching us new tricks all the time!

  15. Tried this on ELO 900 for 2 days now – no one falls for it. Not even close to 50% win rate. It’s actually not even happening.

  16. Survivable for black.

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. e5 d5 6. Bb5 Ne4 7. Nxd4 Bd7 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. O-O Bc5 10. f3 Ng5 11. f4 Ne6 12. Be3 Nxd4 13. Bxd4 Qe7 14. Nc3 Bb6

    Nearly equal position here for both sides.

    Used an engine to explore above.

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Ng5 d5 6. exd5 Qe7+ 7. Kf1 Ne5 8. Qxd4 h6 9. Ne4 Nxc4 10. Nxf6+ Qxf6 11. Qxc4 Be7 12. Nc3 O-O

  17. Why play white winning. Why not black winning white. Every one talks about white winning, white already have the advantage from the word go, so what's the big point white winning

  18. Scotch game is super aggro! If you're an e4 player you gotta try it! Another good time is as a short circuit against the Russian game! Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation!

  19. i remember your work from 6 years ago and earlier lmao, way over this level now, though, i know the audience is mostly average players.. still, nice to see a familiar face:)

  20. Omg im playing this for years and its getting famous now 😢 ah wel the winrate is like 21% at high levels anyways xD

  21. 11:38 "And they recapture naturally" Not even a beginner would do that naturally. Giving up a Knight for a pawn? More "Naturally" would be getting their Knight c6 out of the way or even better, Qe7 (check).

  22. I mean d5 is not that hard a move to find instead of Bishop c5

  23. At 5:53 I wouldn't castle cus this variable looks like the giuoco piano game which leads to the greco gambit. I will capture pawn at d4 and the bishop will give a check at c4. I'll then cover with the night to c3 hoping for night to capture at e4. Then I'll castle

  24. No opponents are taking pxc3. I've had some wins with this gambit but opponents are never doing as you predict.

  25. I play Danish Gambit and it often transposes into this. I never thought of mixing up the orders. This looks fun too!

  26. Black don't need to protect the pawn with the dark colored bishop as that bishop can give check to the white king. That can bring some disaster to white.

  27. Black played pawn f6 and I lost the game, I actually tried this thing about 10 times and players never responded like it shows in this video

  28. Rn .. I give up on studying opening traps because no-one fell for it 😂😂😂

  29. How about 4… Bb4+ ? (that's what stockfish suggested)

  30. What if they play queen f6 after my queenc3🤔

  31. I swear you have like three different videos on the same gambit and doing the same thing.?

  32. Great traps and you explained them extremely well.

    Thank you!!!!

  33. Great explanation Igor thank you 🙂 Whats the name of the gambit?

  34. "Instead of going for this d5 Nd5 thing they gotta go for Ne5" 14:45

    No, they don't

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Ng5 d5 6. exd5 Qe7+

  35. I like to train with bots sometimes along side these videos, and it's funny that when I do the bots always never play the openings you went through. The 1500-1600 level bots all played D6. Or if they do get the 4 moves in, they never take the C pawn. Isn't that funny? Clearly the bots watched this video.

  36. Remember one of the basic rules of chess — always look for checks. If black remembers this rule, he will move 3.Bb4+ and this will ruin this gambit.

  37. You can't use online win rates for traps because bots play the same scripted trap lines against each other over and over to artificially boost their ratings (and the botmaker then sells the account). Playing trap lines won't trigger the automatic bot detectors because computers don't fall for traps, and nothing stands out unusual in a manual review of the game (other than one side apparently fell for a trap).

  38. I learned the first 4 moves for white decades ago as the Scotch Gambit. Never heard Haxo Gambit, nor recall seeing this variant. IIRC, 4…Nf6 remains Black's best counter. NOTE: Why did you skip covering 4….Bb4+?

  39. I played this three time, they never took the pawn. Never.

  40. I just played this a few more times and it was great, crazy games but great. Just had to get used to real live games and all the what iffs
    Like all chess. Thank you for all that you have done for me and the reast of us trying to learn the game of chess.
    May Jesus bless you always. Amen

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