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Taking Out The Trash - Part 5 - The Englund Gambit

This one is just winning for white, so I don't think I'll have my inbox spammed with "But what about this line..." over this particular blog!

The Englund gambit starts with 1. d4 e5?  There is a trap based around 2. dxe5 Nc6 3. Nf3 Qe7?! 

I'm going to recommend you 'fall for it'.

My (now standard) disclaimer: Your opponent will not be obliged to play the exact line I have given black in this game.  He/she is free to make even worse moves, at which point you'll have to start thinking for yourself.  Sometimes the resulting positions are still complicated, but I can assure you this: your position will be objectively better.


  • 20 months ago


    Ozzie, how about you post your game with mandelshtam? I could tell you where you misplayed 3...Nge7

  • 23 months ago



  • 2 years ago


    I looked at the game you give in your blog. Here is where you went wrong:

    1 d4 e5 2 dxe5 Nc6 3 Nf3 Nge7 4 Bf4

    The Klein Variation of the Zilbermints Gambit. It is named for the late Senior Master Erez Klein of New York, who played it in the early 1990s.

    4...Ng6 5 Bg3 Qe7 6 Nc3 Nce5?!

    This only works against lower-rated players. Correct is 6...Qb4! the Kopiecki Attack. Black hits the b2-pawn and pins the Knight. Play can gets very wild and tactical, or very positional. After text move, Black is lost.

    7 Nd5! Qd6 8 Qd4 f6 9 000 with big advantage to White.

  • 2 years ago

    NM ozzie_c_cobblepot

    It's in my blog. First entry, iirc.

  • 2 years ago


    how about you post the 3...Nge7 game so I can analyze it?

  • 2 years ago

    FM H__B

    Nice one, tx

  • 2 years ago


  • 2 years ago

    NM ozzie_c_cobblepot

    I've always played 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Qe7 4.Nc3 Nxe5 5.Nd5 Nxf3+ 6.gxf3 Qd8 7.Qd4 d6, because it was much easier to learn. But this lines looks pretty convincing.

    When I was in the Englund tournament, I chose 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nge7, which was recommended by some blog or something. But in my final round game, mandelshtam (account since closed) pretty convincingly refuted it.

    Meh. The Englund sucks.

  • 2 years ago


    You do not give the trap in full, which IIRC is 5.Bd2 Qxb2, 6.Bc3 Bb4, 7.Qd2 Bxc3, 7.Qxc3 Qc1#. I agree with your assessment though.

  • 2 years ago


    Congratulations on earning your title!

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