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!

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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 played this gambit while watching the video, and while it didn't get exactly a Haxo, it was close enough I got a nice fork early😊

  2. Can you do other variations? Like if they dont take the gambit what to play / some other lines?

  3. Please if your oponent play 4… Nf6, play the king of gambits not that fried liver stuff, just keep up with 5.o-o Nxe4 (yes, gambit another pawn) 6.Nc3 dxc3 (yes, gambit a piece) and let your oponent taste the NAKHMANSON GAMBIT!! with 7.Bxe7 Kxe7 8.Qd5 and from this point on you are 2 pieces down and still can not loose.

    The nakhmanson is like the haxo… but with steroids.

  4. Such good stuff thank you. Here and in many bishops openings variations finding king not taking on gambit

  5. So the Fried Liver on Steroid from the Haxo is like a Lolli Attack, but the move orders prevent Black from playing the Polerio Defense.

  6. Doesn’t Bb4 check, instead of Bc5 protect the pawn, just wreck white?

  7. As a 1800 player i still dont know how to counter this

  8. Awesome content! I love this. Thanks for the insightful, logical approach to the explanation!

  9. Thank you for this. I usually live on the unhealthy diet of fried liver or Italian with Danish gambit as dessert. Now I'll try the fried liver on steroids and how it tastes.

  10. These 19th century ideas are ideal for 5 min or less.

  11. I am 1750 on lichess and i used to play the haxo gambit a lot back when i had juts begun.

    I always had great positions with this gambit. The best part is thst this gambit is so easy to understand, no heavy theory or anything. All the moves for white are almost logical and chances to blunder are low.

    I learnt it on my own, i never even knew that this gambit existed. It was only when i opened the analysis i realized this is a gambit.

    I used to play it in a bit of a spahgetti way, mixing up moves but it was always a strong position.

  12. I play against this a lot(as black) & I don't face any problems now. This line is very easy for me. Also the first position idea of bishop sac is also there in Evans GAMBIT which only you taught me. ❤

  13. I play this a lot and sometimes get qe7 after I play bc4. What do I do then?

  14. Hey Igor! I actually noticed something. On 9:50 it's still a good idea to Qh5+ simply because the king has nowhere to go except black squares, so when you do actually take the bishop you check him again and it's your move as opposed to black's move, even though you're in the same "final" position!

  15. Isn't this just the Scotch Gambit? What's the difference between the Haxo Gambit and the Scotch Gambit?

  16. I'm literally a beginner 1000 elo. Love your channel. This video is awesome, will be using this.

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