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 don't know why I've been going into these positions with white. Terrible.

  2. Do the "Knight On the Left" opening! Its highly underrated (especially 1…e5 response)

  3. Thank you – excellently explained – as usual!

  4. what happened to the dutch coverage? Thought you were gonna explain classical leningrad and stonewall?

  5. Another Jonathan Schrantz lecture. What a treat! Keep up the great work!

  6. Do we concede that modern chess philosophy is predicated on the assumption of an artificial or human opponent?

  7. If your organization wants to implement the next true evolution of chess, it must embrace the idea of human swarm intelligence vs. AI. This is the next front of Chess as an art. PvP and PvC has been addressed in monotony. We have seen every variation. The reason that MG is the greatest GM ever is because he addresses his problems through computational recollection and computational brutality.

    The next evolution of chess relies on the SvA (Swarm vs. AI) concept.

    Figure out how to implement that in a sociological setting.

  8. Excelent job.
    I'm a french player and i just dont take the second pawn. And i usually manouver my knight to e7 and g6, bishop and castle. And face the attack to the endgame. 😂

  9. Please upload the Leningrad Dutch part 3

  10. I used to play this gambit as White, and while after …Qxe5, I had great success with Qd1-f3!? (rather than the crude Rf1-e1), I found the line with …a6 impossible to meet. After Qe2 Ne7 Kh1 Nc6 f4, instead of Nb4?!, as in the Sveshnikov-Razuvaev game, simply Bf8-c5 leaves Black a clear pawn up for nothing.

  11. Interesting, will try this one out 🙂

  12. Hey Jonathan, I think the gambit looks reasonable, but with accurate play it seems like White cannot really prove any big advantage. Black might have to give up the pawns he gained but that will cost White a lot of time so Black might be able to develop and get his King to safety.

    Also, could you perhaps do a lecture for the Black pieces on the Modern Scandinavian 1.e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 ? I would personally love to see the Icelandic gambit (3. c4 e6 4. dxe6) in particular!

  13. At 2 minutes, what if black pushes c5 to c4?

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