The Benko Gambit: A How to Play Guide for White & Black

Quick overview The Benko Gambit is an opening arising after the move order 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5. Black sacrifices a pawn in order for a positional advantage and to play on an open queenside. White can have trouble converting their material advantage, even after trading pieces. If they can thwart Black’s queenside attack, … Read more

Nakhmanson Gambit: Opening Guide for White and Black

So you stumbled across the Nakhmanson Gambit and are considering playing it in your next blitz game. That’s very brave of you. The Nakhmanson Gambit works exceptionally well if black gets greedy. Unfortunately, if black restrains himself, white is faced with attacking a solid position while a pawn down. This gambit has elements of all … Read more

The Ultimate Elephant Gambit Opening Guide for Attacking Players

Quick overview The Elephant Gambit is a rare opening after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 Black’s idea is to take White out of preparation and to take the center. If White plays inaccurately, Black can make things uncomfortable for White White can easily refute the gambit though by capturing the pawn Welcome to the … Read more

The Jerome Gambit Opening Guide for White and Black

Quick Summary The Jerome Gambit arises from the Giuoco Piano after the moves (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5). White sacrifices two pieces in hopes of mounting a quick attack on Black. Black can easily evade White’s threats, with the best move after 6.Qh5+ being 6…Ke6. Black does not have to … Read more

The Smith-Morra Gambit opening for White & Black

Quick Summary The Smith-Morra Gambit is a gambit in the Sicilian Defense arising from the moves (1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3). The opening values ​​rapid development and tactics over positional considerations. Black may choose to accept the gambit and keep the pawn but must be careful as White will launch a quick attack with superior … Read more

Need sure points? Queen’s Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation Edition

“The Exchange Variation is without doubt one of White’s best weapons versus the popular Slav Defense. By creating a symmetrical position with an extra tempo, White keeps Black’s counter play to a minimum while developing positional pressure”Silman and Donaldson I am going to acknowledge the elephant in the room by saying this variation is one … Read more

The Tennison Gambit- How to Play it as White and Black

Quick Summary The Tennison Gambit can arise out of the Zukertort opening (1.Nf3 followed by …d5 2.e4) or the Scandinavian Defense (1.e4 d5 followed by 2.Nf3) whereby White offers their kingside pawn. The opening is considered a trick opening and is generally considered unsound for White. Players unfamiliar with the opening though can fall into … Read more