Chess Opening: Englund Gambit 1.d4 e5 | Traps and Ideas

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The Englund Gambit is a rarely played chess opening that starts with the moves 1.d4 e5. Black’s idea is to avoid the traditional closed queen’s pawn games and create an open game with tactical chances, but at the cost of a pawn.

​It is a very sharp opening line, but objectively incorrect, which means that it will be difficult for Black if White plays well. Therefore, it is recommended to play this opening only for blitz and bullet games. Also, it is better to play this opening against club players and beginners, and risky to play against experienced players.

If you are club player and/or play against club players, you can play this opening to get your opponents out of their comfort zone and surprise them. This opening also offers a lot of traps that White must avoid.

In this video lesson, the RCA guest coach IM Asaf Givon explains how to play this opening for both White and Black sides. He explains how to set traps as Black and how to avoid them as White. Therefore, this video is like a comprehensive repertoire for Englund Gambit. 

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  1. 3:30 – "the only move that seriously defends the pawn and we will consider here is 2. Nf3". I just played the England online for the first time and my opponent played Bf4 defending the pawn.

  2. 2 minutes in and you haven't made the second move…sheesh…get on with it!


  4. the sound feels like he's in my room, btw nice video man

  5. I've had very good success playing this online with 800 level and lower players. They fall for the trap like a ton of bricks!

  6. Thanks mate. I've cut back from competitive chess, but doing some online blitz. Hoping this can help.

  7. A good video thanks. I am getting overwhelmed by early white attacks. I hope this helps

  8. hello sir ,how to play when someone play random moves ?

  9. In Blitz after 4…Db4+ I play 5.Sc3!? : What would you play ?

  10. Very annoying that you end the analysis with White's weak move of Rb3. Why not discuss Black's options if White goes for the best move Nd5 ??

  11. What's the right response to 2. Nc6 f4?
    I'm club player and I struggle with the right response to f4. Everyone dismisses it as a bad move but it's frequently played against me and I struggle to maintain an advantage.

  12. Just show it basically. More on talking!!!!

  13. Dont be make booring vedio.. why are you talking much more ???
    Always talk to the point only..

  14. Focus more on your topic……. Don't talk much…………

  15. This opening brings back memories. I had never seen it nor heard of it, despite having played in chess tournaments for over 10 years from 1964-1975. It was in the Harvest Open in the summer of 1974, I was playing the great Warren Chamandy, a well known Providence Chess Club player and USCF Class-A/Expert player. Warren, as with many old timers at the chess club like Walter B. Suesman and Al Martin, both of who gave I.A. Horowitz a tough time at U.S. Opens in the late 1930's, was very proficient in King's pawn openings – Max Lange, Giuocco Piano, Vienna game, King's gambit and the like. I had never won any games against him. So on this occasion I played 1. P-Q4 and he responded with the Englund which was a complete shock to me. I took the pawn but did not try to hang on to it, developed, played a positional game and eventually mated Chamandy, the only game I ever won against him. It was also the only chess tournament I ever won, tied for 1st place with a young math student named, if I recall correctly, Rick Rush.
    Warren, who was a Korean war veteran, played many great games, played in a number of major tournaments and was a great club member. He passed away a few years ago.

  16. Good for student….but you are speaking extra.. it's boring

  17. Good for student.but you are speaking extra

  18. Excellent video! I really appreciate you going into depth about the response to each move. There are comments asking you to talk less; ignore these comments. The explanations really helped me!!

  19. Not bad, but please get to the point. I don't need to hear 100 x that the opening is for blitz etc. and that if you want to have a quiet game, stick to something different. I want to have an agressive game and just get to the point now.

  20. i was fortunate enough to wake up before the end of this video. my beef stew was boiling almost overflowing…

  21. what abot e4? it goes to danish gambit good counter attack if you aks me.

  22. Carlos Alberto Rodrigues França França says:

    Beautiful work! Parabéns

  23. Ur sub title on board so that wy we are so difficult to watch n lern

  24. Lol I'm gonna try it out in a long time tournament game today

  25. My favourite trap that you can catch a lot of players in comes after: d4 e5 dxe5 Bc5 Nf3 d6 exd6 now here we offer a knight with Ne7!! And in Blitz most of the times the opponent will just take, and we win the queen after Bxf2+!!

  26. I think I found a novelty in this line! 🙂 At 9:15 as white you can (& should) indeed play Nc3 in that position and after Qxf4 with has Nd5 which attacks the queen and prepares Nxc7+ and wins the rook, though some sharp lines can follow and black can win the rook back it is at some cost imo

  27. Annoys me when chess players talk about a move or position/theme relying on greed. Seems absurd in light of the game of chess. Chess is for the greedy.

  28. This video had no right to be 18 min long. This is a 5 min video. Most of the stuffs are self explanatory.

  29. The "very nice way to win" (12:00) is precisely why I looked for this video on D4-E5… except that I was the victim ! Thanks to this video, it will not happen again Thanx

  30. What would you play if White instead of playing f4 plays g5 and attacks the queen?

    Just go f6?

  31. It is true that this is a very tricky opening. As he says, if White is familiar with this opening, Black is going to have problems. On the other hand, if White is unfamiliar, most of the natural-looking moves lead to a lost game. I recommend that anybody who is considering adopting this gambit that they become very familiar with all of White's best moves. Don't just study the typical mistakes.

  32. Dude you talk way too much and explain very little while doing so 😆🤦‍♂️

  33. Boring dragged out video. Switched off after a few minutes.
    I watched to find out about the Englund gambit and got much talk about other moves and a lot of repetitive information. I gave up before and not sure if he ever got to the Englund gambit.

  34. I tried it but it didnt work. I took the bishop but white responded with Knight D5 attacking C7 which i cant defend because it also attacks my queen. So i take his bishop but he takes my rook

  35. Some very interesting ideas here… that being said, your video is quite confusing to try and follow. It's as if you're trying to demonstrate all of the options with no one clear point of attack or defense.

  36. Show me how to beat "GameTop: Grand Master Chess 3", (it is a free download bernie), at the easy adult level, and you would have taught me something.
    You can't. No YT guru can. You are all just sucking up YT money with moves I will never face with that game. You are all worthless.
    Sorry. The world is full of "experts" today in every industry, who are not nearly as good as they think they are.
    Easy money for you huh.

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