♡ 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...
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
♡ 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 :)
♡ 94 ( +1 | -1 ) BrunettiI'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+ 6.gf 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.
♡ 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.
♡ 85 ( +1 | -1 ) _mda_that is correct, this is hard line to play against
1.d4 e5 2.de 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.
1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 Nc6 3. f4 I just love it when I meet moves like this 3...f6 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. 6...Nh5 7. Ne4 Qh4+ 8. g3 Nxg3 9. Nf3 Nxe4+ 10. Nxh4 Bf2# 0-1
♡ 75 ( +1 | -1 ) I triedthe 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 :)