Chess Openings.

It is not played at the top levels as Black equalizes easily most of the time. However Tennison gambit games have a set up which is fairly unique, so by playing this gambit regularly (and don't believe anyone who says it's refuted) you'll become accustomed to it's positional intricacies.

As mentioned earlier there are similar ideas in the much more popular Budapest Defense. The main difference here being that your opponent has not thrust their c pawn forward two squares (more often than not), and you have the extra tempo!

This allows more adventurous lines with an early g4 (should blacks bishop stray outside of the pawn chain).

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Often opponents confronted with the position first time will turn the gambit pawn down, so to play this regularly you need to be able to rely on a 2nd opening system AND be prepared to transpose into other openings (possibly the French, Caro-Khan etc).

I fall back on the Dunst (1 Nc3) if I can get away with it. It's similar in that Black equalises easily, but the game takes on a very Dunst feel.

I've played this opening for years and have pretty good results from it (at club level), surprising (and beating) opponents well above my grade.

How to play 1.d4 with a black system that plays an early Nf6 and Nc6. This is a move designed to confuse white.

This system tries to bring both black knights out early and is not for those afraid of studying a wide range of openings. This is because the opening can borrow ideas from several other more well known systems.

Here however I focus on systems with both knights out early and d6 played (not d5). contains chess opening lines for the aggressive and hyper-modern player who wishes to play an active game.

How to play those quiet Queens pawn openings with a black system that aims for an early e5. d6 prepares this move. contains chess opening lines for the aggressive and hyper-modern player who wishes to play an active game.

The point of this opening is ok, you cede an initial attempt to attack white, but the attack is coming! As a Gambit / positional Gambit player we are looking for a dynamic game.

Sometimes White won't let us do this because he chooses to play quiet lines himself. Therefore there is nothing immediate to attack.

Of course White has let us as Black develop no problem. The trouble comes when we realise we don't have an attacking theme. Rather we are being sucked into HIS opening web.

d6 (preparing e5) is a potential counter to this. If we give up a pawn after e5, it should be to our short-term tactical advantage. Otherwise White can claim they've won the opening.

An Overview of the Budapest Gambit which Black can play in response to a typical d4/c4 opening from White.

Black plays Nf6 and follows up with e5! Immediately posing a problem for white. The pawn is often recaptured meaning this is a positional gambit.

However the resulting positions can get quite wild as well. It takes two to tango of course, but if White calms the whole thing down with (say) an early e3, black gets a comfortable position in a non symmetrical pawn layout.

Perfect for playing for a win!

In this series I will cover all the main lines, but this video is here to give you a flavor of the kind of positions you'll face.