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.

► Chapters

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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  1. What to do if white moves pawn to h3 after u move your light bishop to g4? You went over it once, when white castled, but what about normally? Like if they make the move right after moving your bishop

  2. I dont know why but watching you at 1.5x speed makes sense haha

  3. Most blessed HAPPY BIRTHDAY to GM Igor today. Cheers. May your best wishes 🌠 n 🌠 dreams 🌈 come 🌠 true 🌠 on 🌈 coming 🌠 holiday 🌠 season 🌈 n 🌠 new 🌠 year 🌈 ahead 🌠🌠🌈❤️

  4. Hi, what about move H3 and chase Bishop on g4?

  5. White just plays bishop b5 pining my knight every time. Any suggestions?

  6. Where is the next 6 openings you talked about? What us the name of the next video with these openings in it? TY

  7. In the 6. Bf5 variant, doesn't the trapped knight on g8 become a liability?

  8. thank you so much for your very knowledgeable videos. i have very rarely had white take my pawn, they instead keep pushing their pawn to d5. what would you recommend then?

  9. What if you play bishop g4 but then they play pawn to h3?

  10. Bishop takes h2 check wins the queen after king (or knight) takes bishop, you can just take the queen with the rook.

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

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

  13. 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!

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

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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

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

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

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

  22. 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?

  23. 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.

  24. 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?

  25. 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

  26. 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

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

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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?

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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?

  34. 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.👍

  35. 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?

  36. 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. 💯💯

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