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  • 3 months ago


    Scaryshadow, the knight won't do much harm on d5 and it could soon enough be kicked out with ...c6, after black has traded of one knight.

  • 3 months ago


    es007 white has Bg5. black will play be7 white will trade the bishops then stick his knight on d5.

  • 3 months ago


    At 4:40 "Nc6 is a mistake here", no Nc6 is'nt a mistake. If white would have played 4.Bf4, black's main line runs 4...Nc6 5.Nf3 and will just be a transposition because white don't have any better move than defending the pawn by simply playing 5.Bf4 and a transposition will occur.

  • 10 months ago


    Will watch other lines you present first before adopting it, but I must say, as a 1.d4 1. ...c6 (wedge pattern openings), I did well and enjoyed using the King's Gambit in a tourney yesterday. My amateur opponents did not offer the lines Simon mentioned but his mantra of, "In the gambit style...." and "Sacrifice to...." kept ringing in my head and I found some very effective ones. The games were much more interesting! Thanks Simon! I won both games.

  • 17 months ago


    very exciting opening and terrific presentation, thanks!

  • 18 months ago


    I really like openings that most opponents probably aren't prepared for. Especially one's like this where just a single innacurate move right out of the gate can mean BIG trouble for them! I've been waiting for a series that focused specifically on The Budapest! So thank you for the vid series on this defense! Laughing

  • 18 months ago


  • 18 months ago


    Illuminating -- and amusing too!

  • 18 months ago


    Really enjoyed it, will roll the dice on this one soon, thankyou

  • 18 months ago


    Tnank you very much GM Williams. Very good overview.

  • 18 months ago


    Hello Simon,

    Can you also throw some light on 4. e6 (this might as well ruin blacks kingside or atleast xchange queens (4...dxe6) and black loses the right to castle. 

    Also if the gambit isnt accepted and the pawn is pushed to 3. d5 gaining more space, what are blacks counter chances? 

  • 18 months ago

    NM BrianWall

    honest entertaining analysis

  • 18 months ago


    Excellent incisive video in which the key moves are shown and the underlying concepts presented. Nice summary at the conclusion.

  • 18 months ago


    Fantastic video and I look forward to the next parts. Hope you will continue to be a regular here and in the Bulliten! Your Budapest article in Feb helped tip me over the edge to subscribe.

  • 18 months ago


    Interesting video. I love Simon´s attacking style !

  • 18 months ago


    Is there anything inherently wrong with 4. Bf4, instead of 4.Nf3? It seems to avoid the drawback you mentioned about the bishop being trapped behind the pawn wall. 

  • 18 months ago


    MacrosGambit, the 3. d5 line is actually bad for White.  It surrenders the center early in the game.  After Bc5, f2 can't be protected easily.  Then a simple d6, and we have happy development and a strong center.

  • 18 months ago


    Great Video!!!   Thanks!!

  • 18 months ago


    I have been trying this in blitz since seeing your video. Problem is most opponents actually play 3 D5, and black's position because horrid after that. The chess.com database also had black doing very badly in that line

  • 19 months ago


    Great video Simon - I myself prefer tactical openings/positions to positional ones, so this is right up my alley, and I may make this my choice opening against 1.d4. Thank you for putting in the time and effort into this series, and I wholeheartedly look forward to your next installment of this opening.

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