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🔹 Powerful Chess Opening Against the Sicilian Defense | Tricky Wing Gambit –
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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you an aggressive chess opening gambit for White against the Sicilian Defense. It is called the Mengarini Variation which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 c5 2.a3.
The gambit occurs when White sacrifices their pawn after 2…Nc6 3.b4 cxb4 4.axb4 Nxb4. This tricky gambit will confuse a lot of your opponents and it gives a great attacking initiative for White.
Even the world champion Magnus Carlsen has played this opening in the World Blitz Chess Championship and won that game. Most importantly, the most played moves of Black gives White a winning advantage; yes, White has more than 70% win rates in all those variations!
00:00 Mengarini Gambit Against the Sicilian Defense Chess Opening
00:21 Even Magnus Carlsen won with this opening!
01:41 White’s idea behind this opening gambit
03:03 Stats: More than 70% win rate for White
04:25 1) If Black plays 8…e5
06:38 Checkmating the Black king in the middle
07:41 If Black plays Bd6 to prevent Nc7+
09:17 Attacking the opponent’s king
10:08 2) If Black plays 8…Nf6 (forcing win for White)
13:46 3) If Black plays 8…e6 (subtle trick to remember)
16:09 4) If Black plays 8…a6
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