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paulvalle ♡ 122 ( +1 | -1 )
Englund Gambit (1 .d4 e5!?) My only response to 1. d4 is, 1...e5. I score pretty well with it, Although I'ts hard to play at a site like this against good players.
Here is recent game, my opponent had never encountered the opening before...

[Event "Challenge from pierce"]
[Site "board #233626"" target="_blank"> #233626";]
[Date "2002.06.26"]
[White "pierce"]
[Black "paulvalle"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1963"]
[BlackElo "1829"]
[TimeControl "1/432000"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 Nc6 3. Nf3 Qe7 4. Qd5
Englund Gambit, Stockholm Variation
4...f6! 5. exf6 Nxf6 6. Qb3 d5 7. Bg5 Bd7!? 8. Qxb7
And we are out of the books
8...Rb8 9. Qa6
If 9 .Qxc7, then 9...Qb4+ 10.Nbd2 Bd6 and the Q is trapped
9...Qb4+ 10. Nb-d2 Qxb2 11. Bxf6

Dangerous is the naturall looking 11. Rb1 Qxb1+!! 12.Nxb1 Rxb1+ 13.Kd2 Ne4+ 14.Kd3 (14.Ke3 Bc5+ 15.Nd4 [15.Kd3 Nb4#] 15...Bxd4+ 16.Kf3 [16.Kd3 Nf2+ 17.Kd2 Rd1#] 16...0-0+ 17.Bf4 Ne5#)13...Nb4+ picking upp the Queen

11....Qxf6 12. Rc1 Qb2! 13. Kd1 Ba3!!
I spent hours calculating on this move, and the next

14. Rb1 Qxb1+!!! 15. Nxb1 Rxb1+ 16. Kd2 Bc1+ 17. Kc3 Rb6

I still have not found a surviving line for Black, In the end, White has to choose between the King or the Queen

18. Qd3 Nb4 19. Qd4 Nxa2+ 20. Kd3 Bb5+ 21. c4 dxc4+ 22. Ke4 Bc6+ 23. Kf5 Rf8+ 24. Kg4 Bd7+ 25. Kg3 Rg6+ 0-1

This is defenetly one of my best games...
taoistlunatic ♡ 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Great game! It must be hard to play against you, you calculate like a champ!!!
brunetti ♡ 77 ( +1 | -1 )
One of my favourites too! I play it since 15 years; tried in OTB tournaments too, with nice results. I employed it here too, in 1 or 2 occasions, but against not-too-strong players.

In the Dd5 line I like 4...h6!? as reccomended by Stefan Buecker. I think that 4...f6 doesn't deserve the exclamation mark: the move isn't a "good move"; I would rate it !?.

I think that the opening is good enought for a blitz game, and as a surprise weapon OTB below master level.

A strong line (I remeber a Korchnoi simul game where he smashed his opponent) is 4.Nc3 followed by 5.Nd5.

The game you posted is not well annotated: since you didn't marked as bad or dubious any Whites's move, along with 10 !'s for Black, it seems that Black would win by force just playing theat gambit. But that's not the truth :)

paulvalle ♡ 94 ( +1 | -1 )
Brunetti I've got a copy of Stefan Buecker's "Englund Gambit", (1988). Here he discusses a number of options against the Stockholm Variation (4.Qd5): 4...b6, 4...Nb4?, 4...Qb4+?, 4...Qe6?, 4...d6?! and he also gives 4...h6 seven and a half page of analysis. He annotates the move as "4...h6 (! Bething)". He does not personally recomend this line. On the other hand, he end the Stocholm Chapter with 11 and a half page of analysis to "4...f6!".

In "The Englund Gambit & the Blackburne-Hartlaub gambit Complex" by Smith & Hall (1994), the only move mentioned is 4...f6! with 25 pages of analysis.

NCO, also just mentions 4...f6; 5.ef Nxf6 6.Qb3 d5 7.Nc3 Bd7! 8.Bg5 (8.Qxb7 Rb8 9.Qxc7 Qc5 with counterplay) 8...Na5 9.Bxf6 Nxb3 10.Bxe7 Nxa1 11.Bxf8 Rxf8 unclear position (assesment by Burgess)

Korchnoi's 4.Nc3 Nxe5 5.Nd5 is not that dangerous for Black: 5...Nxf3+ Qd8 7.Qd4! (Korchnoi) 7...d6 (7...Ne7!? is given by San Marco) 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bd2 Ne7! 10.c4 Be6 and White has a slight advantage according to Buecker.

You're right about my annotation, it's not as good as my play (LOL)... just kidding... As I see it, the only mistake White did was to eat the pawn on b7 on his 8th move.

paulvalle ♡ 74 ( +1 | -1 )
Another 4...f6! game: Here I manage a draw against a player that is rated 200+ above me!

[Event "want a pawn?"]
[Site "board #198187"" target="_blank"> #198187";]
[Date "2002.05.29"]
[White "snaga"]
[Black "paulvalle"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2037"]
[BlackElo "1829"]
[TimeControl "1/432000"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 Nc6 3. Nf3 Qe7 4. Qd5 f6 5. exf6 Nxf6 6. Qb3 d5 7. e3 Bd7 8. Qxb7 Rb8 9. Qxc7 Qc5 10. Bd2 Bd6 11. b4 Rxb4 12. Bxb4 Qxb4+ 13. c3 Qxb1+ 14. Rxb1 Bxc7 15. Bb5 Ne4 16. O-O Ne5 17. Nxe5 Bxe5 18. Bxd7+ Kxd7 19. Rb7+ Kc6 20. Rxa7 Nxc3 21. Ra3 d4 22. exd4 Ne2+ 23. Kh1 Bxd4 24. Rd3 Kd5 25. Rf-d1 Kc4 26. Rd3-d2 Re8 27. f3 Bf6 28. Rc2+ Nc3 29. g3 Re3 30. Kg2 Bd4 31. Rd-d2 g5 1/2-1/2

__mda__ ♡ 66 ( +1 | -1 )
I've always enjoyed playing... white against this opening. Admittedly, I've never faced this gambit in tournament play, only in blitz games.. but I don't remember losing many of them.

It seems to me a good scheme for white is to forget about the pawn on e5, thus instead of 4. Qd5, I play 4. e4 instead. This generally gets white a good position and avoids much of the "trappiness" of this opening.

If black plays 4... Nxe5, white can follow up with Nc3 with a solid position - plus black's queen often ends up being out of place later on.

On other moves, white, with normal development, usually comes out of the opening on top, IMO.
paulvalle ♡ 85 ( +1 | -1 )
_mda_ that is correct, this is hard line to play against

1.d4 e5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Qe7 4.e4 Nxe5 5.Nc3 is also given by NCO, Burgess now gives 5...c6 and 5...Nxf3, both leading to a clear advantage to White.

I think Buecker, recomends (in Kaissiber) instead 5...Nf6 6.Nxe5 Qxe5 7.f4 Qe6

IMHO White should win with 4.Qd5 and 4.Bf4 with correct play, but that hasnot stopped me playing this gambit

The good thing about the Englund Gambit, is that you get to play it a lot (everytime someone plays 1.d4). White usually hopes for a more closed position, but Black forces the position open. Also, nobody seems to know how to play against it.

All you need to know, is a little theory on how to meet 4.Qd5 and 4.Bf4, improvise on the rest. In the beginning I just lost every game, but know I actually think I have positive score with it here at gameknot.
philaretus ♡ 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Englund Gambit? If you played it against me, you'd have to be prepared to play the Centre Game: 1.d4 e5 2.e4.
acne ♡ 5 ( +1 | -1 )
I may try it later. I've to finish my games first though.
paulvalle ♡ 55 ( +1 | -1 )
blitz THis is not a particular good game, but shows how well this opening works as surprise wepond, especially in blitz

[Event " rated blitz game"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2002.07.05"]
[White: "Musikanyc"]
[Black: Valle, Paul]
[TimeControl "120+12"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 e5
2. dxe5 Nc6
3. f4
I just love it when I meet moves like this
4. exf6 Nxf6
5. Nc3 Bc5
6. h3
In our previous game, White got into trouble due to ...Ng4, so he decides to use a move to stop this from happening again.
7. Ne4 Qh4+
8. g3 Nxg3
9. Nf3 Nxe4+
10. Nxh4 Bf2# 0-1

brunetti ♡ 75 ( +1 | -1 )
I tried the Stockholm variation in a 1minute+1second/move game and I have to admit that it created some troubles to my opponent: I played only fast while he slowed down to find the best moves, and when I tried a Rook sacrifice he hadn't the time to set up the correct defence.
Ok, ...f6 is more indicated than ...h6 for blitz games :)


[Event "FICS rated lightning game"]
[Site "FICS, Fremont, California USA"]
[Date "2002.07.16"]
[Time "07:25:58"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Wreckmaster"]
[Black "Brunetti"]
[WhiteElo "1759"]
[BlackElo "1682"]
[TimeControl "60+1"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 Nc6 3. Nf3 Qe7 4. Qd5 f6 5. exf6 Nxf6 6. Qb3 d5 7. e3 Bd7
8. Be2 g6 9. O-O Bg7 10. c4 dxc4 11. Qxc4 Be6 12. Qc2 O-O 13. a3 Rad8 14. Nc3
Bf5 15. Qb3+ Be6 16. Qa4 a6 17. Rd1 Bd7 18. Qc2 Bf5 19. Bd3 Be6 20. Rb1
Ng4 21. h3 Nge5 22. Nxe5 Nxe5 23. f3 Bf6 24. b4 Bh4 25. e4 Rxf3 26. gxf3
Nxf3+ 27. Kg2 Rf8 28. Bh6 Rf7 29. Nd5 Qd6 30. Rf1 Qg3+ 31. Kh1 Qxh3+
{White resigns} 0-1
paulvalle ♡ 10 ( +1 | -1 )
nice! By the way. Buecker gives
9.0-0 g5!
10.Nxg5 Rg8
Or 11.f4 Qg7 12.g3 h6 13,Nf3 Ne4!
And now
12.Ne1? Bxg2
13.Nxg2 Qg7
14.Bf3 Ne5
15.e4 de
16.Bxe4 Nxe4
17.Qh3+ Qd7
18.Qxd7+ Rxd7
19.Bf4 Nf3+
20.Kh1 Nxf2+ -+