Gambit Rules

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Note: If you’d like to master the gambit line showed in this video, you may study 3 special videos about this opening:
Smirnov’s Gambit – PART-1, PART-2, PART-3.

P.S. If you have any questions or comments, please, write them below.

  • Dennis

    Hello everyone !

    it’s my game and the player was much stronger then me he had 500 rating points more then me , I study/follow only Igor courses and it work really great , only if you seriously study the courses then you will get great result.

    Really thank u so much for share and analyse my game , it means a lot to me :) Take care have a great day.

    • Peter

      What course dis you study first?

      • Dennis

        First the Grandmaster opening laboratory because I had problems with chess openings , but now I study all the courses,

        • Peter

          And which course do you recomend to study first?

          • Dennis

            your rating is ?

          • Peter


  • marwanradman123

    My teacher,I don’t know what’s the problem but I can’t open this video,I wish from you resolve the problem…..

  • Jass

    Thanks for the video, but for people who do not understand English very well, we would appreciate the text document.


  • Jonathan

    Nice video, but it leaves a question. I’ve often read that when facing an attack, the defender should exchange pieces, thus simplifying the position and making the defence easier. Here, you say the opposite. Are we to develop in the opening and then simplify in the middlegame? Or is chess just too complex for such hard and fast rules?

    • Igor Smirnov

      Good note, Jonathan. It’s great that you take it seriously and consider the rules by yourself as well.

      Exchanges simplify our defense, that’s true. However, it mainly relates to middlegame positions when opponent is attacking your king.

      In other situation it may not work so well. For instance, when opponent attacks your weak pawns, you usually should avoid exchanges and try to organize a counterplay.
      In an opening stage, if you are behind in development, you should avoid exchanges of your developed pieces. That’s what we’ve been analyzing in the video.

  • Mohamed shiham

    Another valuable gem for chess lovers. It refreshed and boosted your courses ideas. I did your grand masters secrets course and it was wonderful. Now I am doing the opening laboratory. which course would be ideal for me next
    thanks for loving and contributing for the chess world and chess lovers and woriors

    • Igor Smirnov

      Thanks a lot for your gratitude! I’m glad the lessons were useful for you.

      Regarding the best sequence of study, please, read this:

      • Mohamed shiham

        its all amazing stuff. I would chose the positional understanding one next.
        my eternal gratitude to you as a chess lover for the great contribution and selfconfidence. may us and chess progress ever and faster.

  • sitaram

    Hi it is very good. We can play the game very actively. Chess is all about increasing the activity of pieces. Keep it up. Excellent.

  • Abdennour Djema

    thank you very much!!!!

  • Abdennour Djema

    thks a lot !!!!!

  • Ghaith Omar

    Gm.igor smirnov
    i want thank you very much about every thing
    i buy your chess course and it bring me to the next level
    but i want ask you if i want ask you question how i can do it

  • ernesto oyanan

    thanks a lot master Igor

  • Dennis

    Also the principles of time work as well in gambit play , Igor told before about it in his course how to beat title players ! :)

  • Marc

    As always a very exciting video; thanks Mr. Smirnov!

    Would you like to say something about your new course?
    With kind regards Marc

  • Aiandas

    Hi. I have a question: why not to play this gambit against 2…e6 sicilian?

  • Sunny

    Hi Igor, I agree with all your tips in this video – except 1 thing.

    You should exchange your opponent’s attacking pieces whenever possible if you are behind in development. The only reason 7…Ne5 was no good in this game was because of 8. Bb2.

    But generally speaking it would be wise to get rid of your opponent’s active pieces to diminish their attacking potential.

    • Sunny

      sorry I meant 9. Bb2.

  • Ernest

    Hi Dennis,
    Just curious- when Smirnov said you are his “student” does it mean you are enrolled in his personalized chess class or simply you are just studying one of his training product? I want to improve in my chess through his lessons.

  • Viet Hung

    I love this gambit!! I’ve gotta try it on my chess school mates!

  • Miko

    Hi GM Smirnov. I want you to know that I’m so thankful to you for sharing your brilliant ideas. I may not be able to make use of them for my pursuit in Chess career, that is if I have to, because I’m too late for it. But definitely I will be able to benefit from it, as I am now, in my casual games with my peers. Also, by way of imparting to my kids these knowledge that I got from you, is 100% helpful for their advancement in Chess. No doubt about it. Having said that, again, my warmest thanks epecially on your “Smirnov Gambit” in which among my correspondence (and actual ) games that I tried to employ it were highly successful regardless of my opponent’s rating. You are bravo, Master!

  • Viet Hung

    Mr Smirnov, may I ask you a question?
    What if you’re playing a 40 minute game, (20 mins on each side) I play b4 but my opponent does not take on b4 but instead plays something like d6?? What do I do then?
    Please help me, thanks. :)

  • Ryan

    I would like to repost a comment someone else made on this youtube video just for the sake of a response and to thank the person who made it and in view of the fact that the comment was at least to me an interesting point and provocative critique of the application of the rule to the situation: ”

    Peter Hodges3 months ago

    Smirnov’s advice is usually very practical, but here he falls into the
    common pedagogical trap of trying to apply a rule to an unsuitable
    example: “Don’t trade your active pieces when you’re behind in
    development.” (His criticism of 7…Ne5) He doesn’t mention that the
    best move for Black is the undeveloping 7…Nb8. I think the problem
    with 7…Ne5 is that Black has to make the ugly move 9…f6 to hold the
    pawn on e5 after 7…Ne5 8 Nxe5 de 9 Bb2 weakening the light squares.
    Even best slip.”

  • barath waj

    I just wanna say “Thank YOU” from my heart. This is a great lead for me

  • barath waj

    I’m an intermediate level player and please let me know the sequence of learning your chess lessons.

  • Abderrahim Mohammed Belhadj

    I am amateur my rating is 950 in standard , i want to devlope my self but i don’t know how to start
    i need a real advice please.

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Abderrahim,

      Igor Smirnov has introduced a new package for beginner’s which contain 3 of Igor’s Courses.

      1) The Grandmasters Secrets
      2) The Grandmasters Positional Understanding
      3) The Grandmasters Openings Laboratory
      You may check them out by following the link below.

      You may also see what our previous students are saying about our courses

      Prasaadh / Student Support Officer

  • Ellian Dicent

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