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2023-07-10 08:59:02

7 Most Successful Gambits

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To prepare for this video , I analyzed over 500 gambits and recorded the win rate for each one of them into a spreadsheet .

I then sorted it so I could see the most successful gambits .

Then I went through and filtered out all the ones that are kind of random and obscure that you never actually see in normal chess .

And I was left with a list of the most successful gambits that actually show up in normal opening .

So things like kings gambit , Carol Kahn Alek , he's offense and so on .

So each of these games has over a 60% win rate and my favorite which I'll show you at the end has over an 80% win rate when you get a chance to play it .

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So our first gambit is with the black pieces and it comes out of the elephant gambit .

It's actually uh a specific variation of the elephant gambit .

So the elephant gambit if you're not familiar is after a night of three , you play the move D five and white actually can capture either way .

But when they take with the night , you're gonna recapture with the pawn .

And now most players in this position will play bishop C four because they want to go for this week F seven square .

And when they do that , you can now play the wasp variation of the elephant Cabbit .

This is the line that I'm recommending .

And you can see over here black has a 61% win rate when playing this gambit .

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I've actually already done a video on this .

Some of you have probably already seen that I'll put a link above my head somewhere if you want to check that out where I go in , in depth uh in all of these lines are relatively in depth .

It's not like an hour long video but , but just real briefly , the main point is that you're letting them capture here on F seven , forking these pieces because you're gonna capture on G two creating your own attack on the rook .

And if white kind of ignores that and just takes your rook , well , then you're gonna capture here and white's in big trouble .

For example , if they play the king up , well , then they can say goodbye to the queen .

They're actually getting mated in a few moves .

And the only other thing they could do in that position would be to block with the bishop .

And you can actually just play the move night F six .

And you've got this threat , you've got this threat and this is completely crushing for Black .

You can see it's only been played eight times but 88% of the time black wins .

So uh that's really good for you .

And then going back here , if they don't take your rook and they just slide the rook over .

We also have a nice little move bishop to G four .

You can see the queen is basically trapped .

Only move for White to do is block with the bishop .

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And you can just simply take , take and then you take this night because there's no more bishop defending it .

And you have three pieces .

White only has two pieces you up a piece .

Of course , your king is a little bit exposed , but white's king really isn't that safe either .

And you can see down here 70% of the time this position is reached .

Uh Black wins the game .

So uh that is the wasp variation of the elephant gambit , right ?

The next gambit I wanna show you is with white and it comes out of the king's gambit .

So we're gonna start with E four , E five and then we play F four , which is the king's gambit .

Now , the most common way for black to respond to the king's gambit is actually to accept it and take the pawn .

And then the main line would be night F three and then G five .

So black is defending the pawn , but more importantly than just defending the pond , they're setting up to go here and counterattack your night .

And there's a couple of ways you could play , you could play H four .

You play bishop C four , bishop C four is the most common .

That's what we're gonna look at here .

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And now black's most common move is to play G four and go ahead and , and kick your night away because the queen's kind of controlling these squares and it looks like black is actually doing OK here with these ponds .

And now what you can do is just castle completely ignore the night .

This is called the Muzo gambit .

And so you're just giving up a piece to basically get your king safer and also get this Rick involved in the game uh as well .

So blacks gonna capture you can retake and now the most common move for black .

And this is actually what the engine recommends is to play queen to F six .

And the queen is kind of coming over here to help sort of defend .

You know , some of these weaknesses that black has and what you can do now is play the move E five and you're trying to just kind of kick this queen away , even though the pawns undefended .

You don't really care about that .

You actually like if black takes it and that's what uh black does and now we can play what's called the double Muzo gambit .

Bishop takes F seven checks .

You're sacrificing a second piece .

King takes F seven and now is where you can go .

Even here .

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You can see white does pretty well 57% .

But if you play the Triple Muzzio gambit , uh which is D four check queen takes and then you play bishops E three .

So you're sacrificing a third piece .

Hence Triple Muzzio Gambit .

Now , I don't know why , you know over here on leeches , they don't say triple Muzzio , it just keeps saying double .

But as far as I know this is called triple Muzzio Gambit because you're actually giving up three pieces .

Now , I say you're giving up three pieces , you're not really giving up three pieces because if black tries to take this piece , well , you just take the queen because the pos pinned , right ?

So you don't really have to worry about losing that bishop even though it is called the triple Muzzio gambit .

Um So really what black has to do is move the , the queen .

Now the best move is queen the G7 according to the engine , I don't think anyone's actually gonna play that in a game most likely .

I mean , it's been played a few times but very unintuitive move , you know , putting the queen there allowing you to capture either way here .

Most people don't do that .

Most people go to F six .

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And if they go to F six , the , I think the best way to play is just to play NC three getting ready to bring your knight in somewhere .

And so , for example , if they play C six , they kind of take away that square .

Well , then you've got N ce four backing the queen and there's really not anywhere good for the queen to go .

If it tries to stay on this file to block off these pieces , you've got this nasty fork and black can resign now .

And if it does something else like let's just say queen age six , maybe to try to continue to hold on here .

You can just take with the bishop , uh you're attacking the queen and after black moves , I don't know , let's say queen G six like just look at this position for a minute , guys , 123456 .

The only piece is that black has moved being a queen .

And look at this , we've got our queen and rook lined up .

We've got a bishop , we've got a knight .

It , the game is over .

Stockfish says plus 12 and it's still evaluating it might be higher , but basically white is just winning .

So , um this is a really nice gambit that you can play the do the triple Muzio gambit .

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And uh if you get a chance to do this , you can see fantastic win rates for White , right ?

The next game that I'm gonna show you , I'm gonna go ahead and go out on a limb and say most of you are probably familiar with this , but if you're not , here you go .

So it's actually the fried liver attack .

So E four E 59 , F 39 C six Bishops .

We have the Italian game .

Black has two major ways to respond .

Bishop C five and night of six , night of six is the two nights defense and normally when they play two nights defense , night G five is a very good way to go .

You're lining up on F seven and most people will play D five to stop the bishop , you can capture it and a lot of people will play 95 because they want to avoid the fried liver .

But if they take with the night you're in business and now you sacrifice the night on F seven with a fork .

The black basically has to capture and now you can play queen every check , forking these guys .

And so unless black wants to lose the night , they have to play king to E six .

And basically for one piece , you get black to king on E six .

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Relatively undefended .

You can castle , you can play nine C three to pile up .

You can play D four to try to open up this file and get your bishop out .

Lots and lots of fun for white .

It's very tough to play for black .

That being said , I did do a video in the past on this channel .

You may have seen it where I said , hey , you can actually play this for back and survive .

Uh with really good play , you can survive .

But um you know , practically speaking , uh you know , you can see here 59% white does really , really well .

So , uh anyway , fried liver attack solid option .

All right .

The next game that we're gonna look at is with black and it also comes out of the king's gambit .

So here we go .

King's Gambit except now from black side .

And again , we're gonna look at this King's gambit accepted night of three G five .

So we saw this before except it was from the other side of the board .

Same move here , G four again , same move .

And now you remember white castled and went into the double and eventually triple .

Muzio Gambit .

The other main move that White can do is play Knights E Five .

And that's what we're gonna look at .

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Now , if they play Knights E Five , they're basically setting up this attack .

Now , one of the things about the king's gambit is you have opened up this diagonal from move two and normally the nine NF three does a nice job of preventing the queen from harassing the king .

But now the night has moved .

So what are we gonna do ?

Well , we're gonna take advantage of that and play queen H four check .

We also have the bonus that we've got this pawn here .

But if white tried to block us , well , we could just capture it and they can't really take back or they're um losing the rook , right ?

So White has to find the king over and now we want to deal with this threat .

We're , we're gonna play 986 and then , you know , kind of a natural looking move here for white D three allows us to go into what is called the Silber Schmidt gambit .

I believe I pronounced that right .

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Basically , at this point , uh we play the move F three and it's a little bit counterintuitive because we're opening up the bishop and , you know , basically , once White captures here , which is what they usually play and we take , which is what we're gonna play .

We've allowed them to capture here .

But the thing is this isn't really a big deal anymore because even if they take it , it doesn't really matter how they , let's say they take it with check .

We just slide our king up and like , what , what is , what is White gonna do with these pieces ?

Now , there's just like not even any threats and now all of a sudden it's White's king that's in big trouble .

So for example , after like a natural developing move , what are we gonna do ?

We're gonna take , they're gonna take , we're gonna play queen age three check .

And if they try to go back , the game is over , that's a nice mate .

And so they have to play king to F two .

And what that does is allows us to take advantage of this open file so we could play Rook F eight .

But it's actually better to play D six first .

Take the night away .

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And so for example , uh and by the way , if they play 95 we just bring our king back here , it doesn't really matter .

And then once the night moves , like let's say over to C four , then we bring the rook over lining up and white actually has nothing like no attack .

The queen can't even go anywhere useful .

Our bishop is awesome .

Our queen is awesome .

Our Rick is awesome .

This bishop is good .

So if you ever get a chance to play the Silver Schmidt gambit go for it .

Right .

The next gambit is with white and it comes out of the Alec Kines defense .

So Alec Hes is nine to F six .

And usually the best way to respond to this is just to push forward , get some space kick the night around nine to D five C four .

Pretty common stuff , night to B six .

Now , at this point , a lot of people will just play something like D 49 F three and black plays D six and there should be two .

And , you know , uh you can get a different type of game , but one way to play it is to play C five and attack the night immediately again .

And usually they'll hop back into D five because now your pawns are advanced .

You , you can't um attack it with your pawns anymore .

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But what you can do is play nine C three attacking it this way and black could just defend it with one of these moves or they could take it .

This is the second most common move and if they take it , uh you're gonna take with the D pawn .

And at this point , black has two ways to go .

They can play E six or D six .

Most people choose D six because it kind of makes sense to go ahead and start counter , uh attacking these pawns , try to break something open in the center and get , get rid of these annoying pawns .

So the black can actually do something .

And if they play this now is when you can enter into what is called the matsuo vic gambit .

Hopefully , I'm pronouncing that correctly , but you play the move bishop to G five .

And at first glance , it's kind of like what , what , what are we even doing here that we're not attacking the night because there's no night on enough six .

We're not like , really doing much .

I mean , here we're pinning upon , but it's kind of like whatever , you know , here's the deal .

Uh Most common we played DKC five and by the way , check out the win percentage for White on this 1 66% from this position .

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Now , if what black just kind of takes here hoping to maybe just trade and go into some kind of an end game .

We're gonna play the killer move queen to be three .

And at first glance , it's like , ok , like what , what are we actually doing here ?

We got our bishop over here , we got our queen here .

It's kind of hard to see what we're doing until you start to ask yourself the question .

What is black gonna play in this position ?

Like normally , you know , you might think , well , e six is kind of a normal move to let the bishop out .

You can't do that because they , the , the pa is pinned .

Ok ?

Um Well , no , maybe we'll bring this bit up .

No , you can't bring that bishop out because we've got this like , ok , well , if I've got a night , let me develop my knight .

Right .

Let's put the knight on C six .

Guess what game is over now ?

Rook to D eight .

I'm sorry , Rook D one attacking the queen .

And what do you notice about the queen ?

Not a lot of places to go .

Right .

Only thing black could try is bishop D seven .

And that , well , then you have bishop C four and look at this .

That's check me and how are you gonna stop that ?

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Well , E six is kind of the normal way except , oh , there goes your queen .

So yeah , there's no real way to stop it .

The game is basically over like , I mean , White has like all these threats and Black can't really do anything .

So that's kind of the problem that Black has like it .

There's , there's no moves like let's take this 1 97 again .

Bishop C four .

How do you stop this ?

You have to play E six .

You don't play E six , you're just getting checkmated , but that gives up your queen .

So you see , black has the problem .

There's no move to play and the only move um is queen 87 which is like such a weird looking move , it blocks the bishop .

It's like , what , what are you doing ?

And even this , you know , white , white is fine .

You can just do something like nine of three .

Let's see what is the engine like , yeah , nine of three is fine and uh you're just in a great position .

It's only happened a couple of times but white , you know , won , won this game pretty easily , but it's just really awkward or black .

So anyway , Masuko Gambit bishop to G five , that's kind of the whole idea .

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This queen B three bishop C four line up here , put the pressure there , bring the rook over and the queen sometimes gets trapped .

Um Yeah , really , really fun one to play when you get a chance .

So keep that in mind , right ?

The next game that I wanna show you is with white and it comes out of the Vienna game .

So we have E four E five and then night C three .

So this is the Vienna game .

So instead of going with kind of the normal night F three , you play night C three and then on night C six , bishop C four , bishop C five is pretty common .

Although this is already starting to get in trouble for blacks .

Surprisingly as that may be .

So now you play the move queen to G four and you're lining up on this pond .

And by the way , I did a comprehensive video on this , this move here , I'll link it above if you want to watch that or I'll go into a lot more details .

But the idea is that how does black defend this pawn ?

Well , they don't really want to go back where they just came from , uh , you know , something like G six is playable , but this is pretty bad .

You're creating like lots of weaknesses and it's not a move that you really want to play .

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And so most people at this point will just play queen of six because not only are they defending , they're also lining up here , which looks pretty scary .

But , you know , if we're white , oh , that's like almost checkmate , right ?

Well , here's the thing .

You just completely ignore it .

You play the move 90 to D five .

And this is called the uh the me me gambit .

I don't know if I'm pronouncing that .

Right ?

Probably not .

But this is what I talk about in the other video that I , you know , linked to both , but basically you're letting Black really encouraging them to take it with the queen and when they do , they're basically just lost already .

You slide the king over and all of a sudden it becomes clear that how does Black proceed ?

This is defended .

This is defended , this is defended .

Everything is defended .

The queen can't really do anything .

And now we have the , the attack .

If we take here , we're gonna win the rook .

If we take here , we're gonna win this rook .

What is Bob gonna do ?

You know there's lots of moves you can , can look at .

This is an example most commonly moved played is , is D six trying to like bring open the bishop here , but you just take on G7 threatening this .

It does get a little bit tricky .

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So you probably do want to go watch that other video .

But like one line , for example , here , bishop E six you take here with check , you've got this triple fork .

And the idea is that you actually don't even want the rook .

And the reason you don't want the rook is because now black can take your bishop and that bishop was really important because it was controlling this .

Now , black can come in here and check me you um if you're not careful .

So what you do is you take that bishop with your knight and this pawn is pinned .

OK ?

So it can't take it , the king can't take it because it's defended .

So you just got the bishop for free and you're , you're still in a really good position .

Black doesn't really have any kind of counter play .

Now , they can save the rook now , but it doesn't even matter .

You play night age three , kick the queen away after something like queen H four .

I think you just bring this rook over or , or even queen G five looks even better there .

There's a lot of good moves , but I guess you can take this , you can play queen G five .

Try to trade .

I mean , you're up the piece .

Um This probably looks like the best but yeah , this is really good for white .

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Uh You can , you can play around with it if you want or go watch that video , like I said , but going back to the beginning here , you can see once you get this 95 moving in 69% win rate for white .

I mean , it's , it's crazy .

But anyway , make sure you keep this one in mind .

This one is actually much more common .

You can see 10,000 positions have been reached with this one .

And so this is , this is quite common in the Vienna .

All right guys , and I've saved the best for last .

We're gonna be looking at the Leow gambit with an over 80% win rate .

So let's see how this , this thing starts .

E four C six .

OK .

So it's another one against the Carol .

Now , I've actually seen quite a few tricks and traps against the Carol Con and I had not seen this one until I was preparing for this video .

So , uh hopefully you'll find this interesting too , but D four .

OK .

Most common move D five and now there's all sorts of things that white plays here .

Most common is E five .

Then you have E takes D five , you have NC three .

sorry .

Nine C 39 D two F three .

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And it's the next move way , way down there that we're gonna play bishop to D three .

OK .

Very uh kind of a weird move most people uh will take it .

And that's unfortunate because then we can't really do our travel .

But second move played from time to time night of six .

And now is when blacks in big trouble , what we're gonna do is push by chasing the night away .

They can't , they can't go here or here because of our queen .

If they try to hop in , well , then we can just play F three and it's trapped .

Ok .

The ponds are controlling all those bishops .

Uh Sorry , I can't control tonight .

Bishops are controlling that .

You just want a piece .

Ok .

So the only thing they can really do is either go back to where they came from , which is probably the best move , surprisingly , uh or what everybody does in this position is to go here .

Now , this is where you get to play the Landau gambit and the move is E six .

And what we are doing is basically saying , well , I'm attacking your night and if you move that , I'm gonna take here with check .

So you probably don't want to let me do that .

But here's the problem .

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If they take with the pawn , you've got queen H five check .

And what is black gonna do now ?

Well , G six and of course you have to take with the queen , not the bishop , take with the queen first and then you deliver checkmate with the bishop .

So really nasty , smothered , smothered type of mate here .

Uh If they do that .

So the , the only thing they could do is move the night .

Right .

So let's say Night of Six and then you can just take here and look what you've done to Black's King .

No more castling .

It's exposed .

And on top of that , you can play Night of three and you've got all sorts of nice juicy places to go .

And this is just a mess .

I mean , this is just a mess for Black and you can see , look , this 79% win rate .

Go back to this position .

Um , right this position , 83% win rate .

It's nuts .

So unfortunately you don't always get a chance to do it because they , um , they usually will probably take here .

But if they don't and they play night of six , there you go and out camp it .

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Anyway , guys , I hope you enjoyed this video and maybe learned a thing or two and had some fun .

If you do want to check out the other video I mentioned where I go in more depth into that one line that we looked at .

It's right over here .

Check that out right over right over here .

Here here .

Harder to do than you would think .

Anyway , stay sharp , stay smart , take care .


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