• 17 months ago


    Good lecture!

  • 22 months ago


    I'm new to this opening. How about 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5. Will this be likely to transpose into the Blumenfeld?  

  • 3 years ago


    In the Alekhine game,  at the point where the game is paused, in RF3 (gambiting the knight) not a reasonable move. 

    White cannot take the rook because gxf3 results in Nxf3+ winning a queen.  

    It also facilitates the eventual opening of the h1 g8 diagonal, and if  goes via d2 to take the rook, the e4 pawn on f is then strong.  

    Other possibilities are double rooks etc 

    I think black will end up with a win or a draw with this line, 

    Its difficult, for white I believe.  Has anyone done a full analysis on this line ?

    Because I do also recognise with all the material sacrifices possible, if white does escape he would win the game easily 

  • 3 years ago


    Excellent video. I'm all in with this opening.  By the way you sound like Sam Shankland, one of's best video authors. 

  • 4 years ago


    This opening seems very cool, I have a lot of trouble playing as black against d4. This could create some nice counterplay. 

    I have one question though: When white plays Nc3 to prepare e4, why does black not play d4 right away to kick the knight? Seems like the knight doesn't have any good available squares.

  • 5 years ago


    Nice job! I liked it.

  • 5 years ago


    playable for black.

  • 5 years ago


    "It sucks for him since he is white and he just made normal moves and now he lost".

    Ha!  Love it, you have inspired me to try the blumenfeld.  

    Very good first video btw.

  • 5 years ago


    How about 7. Bf4 trying to trade dark square bishop

    1. d4b Nf6

    2. c4 e6

    3. Nf3 c5

    4. d5 b5

    5. dxe6 fxe6

    6. cxb5 d5

    7. Bf4

  • 5 years ago


    @ Shuffleking74

    I don't care what says. It is an Italian word with a specific Italian meaning and should be pronounced as such. The only reason it shows that as an alternate pronunciation is simply because people so constantly mispronounce it. You don't go around pronouncing Pinocchio, zucchini, Chianti, etc with an English 'ch' sound, and if you do, you undoubtedly sound completely uneducated.

  • 5 years ago


  • 5 years ago

    GM MacMolner

    Hi everyone, thanks for all the comments and feedback! A number of you have been asking about the 5. Bg5 line which is another very popular line in the Blumenfeld. I believe I spend the next video mainly covering a new option against the Blumenfeld accepted and how to deal with a kingside fianchetto. The third video covers what to do when they don't accept the gambit and play 5. Bg5. I hope this helps clear things up and I'm glad everyone is liking this opening!

  • 5 years ago


    Excellent presentation. A very cool d-opening gambit to try. Thank you.

  • 5 years ago


    Hey Mac,

    Great job on your first video! I love seeing new stuff like this...even though it's not so new as Alekhine knew about it...and you present it so well and so clearly to boot. I look forward to seeing your upcoming work on this site. Bravo!

  • 5 years ago


    Nice video! Thanks all for showing your nice games.  

    Some comments:  Alekhine was a chess genius who during his prime (perhaps 1925 - 1935) would eat today's 2700 players for lunch. 

    After 3 Nc3 you have to play another opening such as 3. ...Bb4 (Nimzo-Indian) or 3. ...d5 (Queen's Gambit Declined) or 3. ...c5.  If 3. ...c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 you have the popular Modern Benoni.

    The Blumenfeld is fun and worth playing but don't kid yourself, White has normal winning chances, say 55%, against this opening.  Chessbase shows accepting the b5 pawn, followed by an early g3 as popular, and also declining the b5 pawn with 5. Bg5 as popular, as mentioned by others.    

  • 5 years ago


    I'm sorry, but this annoys the crap out of me. It's pronounced "fee-ahn-ket-to", not "fee-in-cheddo". Great video, though, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next one.

  • 5 years ago


    The uncompromising 5 Bg5 is in my opinion a much more dangerous idea. I think white from there just does what he usually does when he plays d4: grind you down and keep you passive. I don't know this opening very well though. I agree with manitou that it would be nice to see a video on this move, which seems more critical to me.

  • 5 years ago


    Game Explorer shows that 5.Bg5 is more popular than accepting the gambit with 5.dxe. Will you cover this move later?

  • 5 years ago


    Great video, Mac!  Thanks, and welcome to!

  • 5 years ago

    CM psantann

    Excellent video, made me thing of coming back to the Blumenfeld again. Always good to start with a classic and it was actually this Alekhine game that made me play this gambit to start with. When I used to play this I remember a variation where white played Bg5 to put pressure on d5... don't recall how exactly it went but it was very annoying...

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