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Chess is Fun Opening Series #1: Penings-He Gambit in the Caro-Kann

Chess is Fun Opening Series #1: Penings-He Gambit in the Caro-Kann

Oct 16, 2016, 11:37 AM 23

Around a year and a half ago, I made a blog post discussing the following gambit in the Caro-Kann: e4 c6 d4 d5 Nc3 dxe4 Bc4 (or f3). If you want to see the attacking ideas and plans in the opening, go see that blog post. It's a few blog posts back. Since the time I posted, I continued to wipe my opponents off the board with this amazing gambit, and the gambit became unofficially known as the Penings-He Gambit. If you want proof of how well I do with the gambit, see the picture below. It's my stats in live chess playing it. Unbelievably great results! Note Nxe4 has 1 draw and 2 losses. Black equalizes easily in that line (just kidding.. not really though). To make things clear, this series is mainly written for entertainment. Have fun reading!


Well, I didn't create this blog post only to brag about how good I am at chess. I wanted to share some of my best wins in this gambit, and I hope people can get inspired and start playing this gambit more as well! It's essential to note that this gambit is mostly good in bullet chess. The longer the time control, the less effective it is...
To start off, I will show a quick opening trap where I defeated a talented chess-playing chestnut. This shows what can happen if Black plays too fast or is too careless in the opening...
The next game is one I played 3 years ago!! I was surprised by it too because my moves seem identical to what I would have played today! Maybe I'm just that good of a player...
The next two games are against a strong bullet player "playwaycool" who is rated 2300+ in bullet. Although he did crush me in some of our matches, I will only include the good wins of the Penings-He gambit here. :)
And another one...
Finally, the last game will be one against my bro nOcHeaTiNgKiD, which is also a fan of "fun chess". Not surprisingly, the position got very sharp immediately. This is what chess should be! Enjoy!
I hope you had fun reading this blog on the Penings-He gambit! The blog series is meant to show how chess is fun, and not all about memorizing moves and moves of opening theory that has been played by GMs for hundreds of games. This is just the first of many openings in the Chess is Fun opening series! The next one is coming out some time next week. Hope you enjoyed reading!

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