Mastery: Openings

Play the Budapest Gambit!

Play the Budapest Gambit!

GM Simon Williams shows you how to play a sharp, fun counter-attacking opening. If you want to attack against d4 without having to study too much theory, this is the opening for you!

  • Play the Budapest Gambit - Part 1

    Are you ready for the Budapest revival? First GM Rapport uses it to defeat the world-class GM Gelfand, and now "Mr. Spicy Chess" GM Simon Williams says he's going to adopt it! Let's learn how to rapidly develop in this gambit with one goal in mind: checkmate!

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Play the Budapest Gambit- Part 2

    Any time a top grandmaster plays ...g5 on move four, that's a game worth watching (it moves to g4 soon after!). Thank you GM Jobava! Our author GM Simon Williams brings his British brogue back to show off his man-crush on Baadur's Budapest. Too bad it's not the b-pawn that plays the hero - for that, Williams says you'll have to find Freddy. Watch and see what this madness is all about!

    • 16 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Play the Budapest Gambit - Part 3

    GM Williams shows the first game he ever played against the Budapest Gambit, some 10 years ago. He played the somewhat offbeat e4 and got advanced pawns and better development in return for his fractured structure. Despite demolishing Black, the Ginger GM remains rosy-cheeked about the opening. Watch and you'll also see who that annoying boy was watching the game!

    • 16 min
    • 5 challenges
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