It’s not Scary, Gambit like Milner-Barry | Chess Openings Explained

Jonathan Schrantz teaches the Milner-Barry Gambit, where White sacrifices the d-pawn in the advance French. However, if Black accepts too early, a trap awaits.

Alexey Kislinsky vs. Alexandr Khaiminov, 2006: C02 French, advance, Milner-Barry gambit

Erik Blomqvist vs. Johan Hultin, 2015: C02 French, advance, Milner-Barry gambit

Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov vs Yuri Razuvaev, Belgrade GMA op (1988): C02 French, advance, Milner-Barry gambit


  1. I would love to see the Reti Opening Explained in depth especally after white's four standard moves 1. knf3, 2.g3, 3. Bg2, 4. O-O.

  2. I can not stand a profession speaking with snuff in their lips.

  3. at 14:37 "White's just winning" I don't see the win after … BxBe5 Rxe5 and then ? (White has given a piece for a pawn…)

  4. What is a good computer chess game, I like one that records the moves.

  5. looks like the lectures are no longer disturbed by this guy in te crowd. All his videos where unwatchable specially with headphones. Too annoying.

  6. Very instructive as usual. But where is the third and last part for the Dutch Leningrad? I'd like to know more about Qe8 since I'm trying to play the Dutch against queen pawn openings 🙂

  7. Jonathan you're doing great. Allow me a small correction, it's the ''Advance Variation'' not advanced. 🙂

  8. At the end, when white plays R-H3, R-F6 first seems clearer. If … R x R (F6), then
    E-F6, R-E1(ch); B-G1 and there is no defense to the mate on G7. If Black doesn't capture on F6, then R-H3 and it's all over.

  9. Great video! If anyone gets a chance, please try and check out my new chess channel where i try and go over openings, famous games and recent games to try and promote and spread interest for chess.

  10. Can you make a video about the bishop's opening or the fried liver attack, plesse?

  11. Great video! Can you do one on the Modern Defense?

  12. An interesting and provocative lecture. It humbles me a little to think how much better a chess player I would have to be to give this lecture.

  13. being able to see out that window is distracting

  14. Sorry to be pedantic but it is "advance" not "advanced".

  15. This video was great! I'd love to see the Alekhine defense (1. e4 nf6 2. e5) explained here. I accidentally played this when trying to do The Black Knights' Tango, and actually did pretty well! After looking it up some people think its dubious others find it fine so it would be amazing to see an in depth analysis! Thank you, Schrantz

  16. Played this in a full length match 2 days ago with a win for white 🙂

    Was pleased to see such a great video recently released after coming home and trying to do some more research on this opening!

  17. nice idea !
    i will try it in blitz games in the future

  18. Very nice video. I like all of what I've seen so far.

    What about a Video for the Wing Gambit against the Sicilian?

  19. Hey, hoping that Chess Openings Explained would come back soon. Love this series, and Schrantz is great at what he does.

  20. I have played the black side of this over the decades & have a plus score… That aside, it can be very dangerous in the hands of strong attacking player… I have seen most players, who have played it against me sidestep it, by playing French exchange, against me & play it against others… I like it as white & will play the gambit when given the chance…

  21. Tnks for the video sir and hope u continue more i love watching the chess

  22. Very nicely explained sir….thank a lot….

  23. Please put up Part 3 of the Leningrad Dutch, it's the one I've been looking forward to the most!

  24. I hope for a lecture about Alapin gambit in French defense. Especially some masters consider it as gate to king's gambit game.

  25. Need to use this for white in future, looks a great way to play against blacks French defence, worth the two pawns

  26. can you do sicilian defense kronberger variation? (2. Na3)

  27. Mr. Schrantz looks as if he had been to a Dentist! – But it was an instructive lesson – like always! Jonathan is one of the most accurate teachers.

  28. Hey Guys and Jonathan Schrantz,
    I like the Milner Barry Gambit and i would like to put in my repertoire but i actually dont know if there is theory after 1.e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Bd3 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bd7 8. 0-0 Nxd4 9. Nxd4 Qxd4 10. Nc3 Qxe5 11. Re1 Qd6 12. Nb5 Db6!
    Can Black just force a draw if he plays likes this (because the only games who where correctly played were draws by repetition with white playing Be3 and Bd2), if that is the case than I think there is one less reason playing the opening ( when im white I of course want to play for a win, but if black can force the draw in 12 moves …. I mean why should i play this ??) Hopefully sombody can answer my question and would like to know if im wrong and there is theory

  29. I wanted to like the video but 420 likes… I can't. Also this is the 69th comment. Dank memes.

  30. I once took the second pawn not knowing the line.My opponent however did and won an exchange and the game was eventually a draw because i had 2 extra pawns.However my opponent missed a mate in 6 that i saw when analyzing the game with an engine.

  31. The modern version of this gambit is with Nd2 instead of Nc3. Can you please do a video of this?

  32. I'd love to see a video on what stockfish called the old Sicilian, a friend threw that one at me with a c5 followed by immediate queen b6. It led to a very interesting game, and I can't find much online about that variation

  33. 32:00 Not Black's best move. Black has a much stronger move but I will leave to the audience to discover the best response.

  34. My dad spent his whole life thinking he sucked at chess. He would play with his best friend at university and a mutual friend and lost constantly. Turns out the mutual friend was Milner-Barry's son.

  35. Interesting fact: according to the database, the last time any master took the second pawn was in 2007. Since then not once in 13 years. I've played this position recently as a black but my opponent didn't recapture the pawn on d4 and just castled which creates another completely separate branch of possibilities.

  36. The sound at 5:04 was Ben Finegold in the other room beginning a techno rave

  37. Hi Jonathan! I'm trying to find on the web the first game in this video about the Milner-Barry. How do you spell the name of those players: Keslinski ? and Taimanov ?

  38. @31:00 here's a fun bullet game that continues this line:

    1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Bd3 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bd7 8. O-O Nxd4 9. Nxd4 Qxd4 10. Nc3 a6 11. Qe2 Ne7 12. Kh1 Nc6 13. f4 Nb4 14. Rd1 Nxd3 15. Rxd3 Qc4 16. Bd2 b5 17. a3 Be7 18. f5 Rc8 19. Rf1 d4 20. Ne4 exf5 21. Nd6+ Bxd6 22. exd6+ Be6 23. Bf4 O-O 24. Qf3 Bd5 25. Qg3 Be4 26. Rd2 Qxf1# 0-1

    The black queen calmly rests on C4 while white carries out the kingside attack.

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