Most Successful Opening TRAP for Blitz in 2022 Deadly Danish Gambit
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Dominate Blitz Games: The Deadly Danish Gambit Trap

Dominate Blitz Games: The Deadly Danish Gambit Trap

Do you want to take your opponents by surprise and launch a bold and dynamic attack from the very beginning of the game?

You will learn about one of the most effective chess opening traps for blitz games, and how the Danish Gambit can give you the initiative and an edge over your opponents.

The Danish Gambit is perfect for beginners and intermediate players looking to train their tactical game and have some fun on the chessboard.

So, why not take a risk and try the Danish Gambit in your next game?

Who knows, you might just catch your opponent off guard and come out with a quick win!

In this post, you will learn one of the most effective chess opening traps for blitz games. It is a trap from the deadly Danish Gambit (also known as the Nordic Gambit), which happens after the opening moves: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3.









This opening trap is ideal for you to use in blitz games, where most of your opponents will be unfamiliar and would not know what to do.

Is the Danish Gambit Good for Beginners?

Danish Gambit

In the Danish Gambit, White sacrifices one or two pawns in exchange for development advantage, piece activity, and open dynamic play. This gambit is ideal for beginners and intermediate players as it is ideal for training the tactical game. Also, many of your opponents will not know how to respond to this gambit and, in many cases, they could be lost from the beginning of the game, which means many quick wins.

Despite this, this gambit is not popular at the GM level since, objectively speaking, Black can get a good position by playing correctly. However, as often happens in chess, the moves are not as intuitive and logical as one would expect. And this is the case with the Danish Gambit. So, Black should be well prepared to know how to meet this challenge. Otherwise, as often happens in games between beginners and intermediate players, Black fails to find the correct defense and loses.

What’s the Point of the Danish Gambit?

The objective of the Danish Gambit can be summed up in the word “initiative”. The initiative in chess is when one of the sides becomes the attacker while the other defends. The attacker is the one who sets the pace of the game. White offers material in exchange for the initiative.

Beyond what is objectively happening on the board, psychologically, many players feel affected as they don’t want to have to deal with White’s initiative.

Key Points to Remember When Playing the Danish Gambit

Danish Gambit

White has to keep in mind a few things:

1. Since White is already two pawns down, he should try not to exchange pieces.
2. He should be super aggressive and play a very dynamic game. That means try to avoid playing passive moves.
3. He should not give his opponent any chance to develop his pieces.
4. He should try to get to the black king from the early beginning. That means not being afraid to use the white queen if necessary.
5. Because this is an open game, White should try to preserve his bishop pair. But, at the same time, White must be aware of a potential bishop sacrifice on f7 to destroy Black’s position.

Traps in the Danish Gambit

Trap # 1

1. e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4. Bc4! cxb2 5. Bxb2 Bb4+ 6. Nd2 Nf6 7. Nf3

Let’s see how to respond if Black takes the pawn on e4.

Trap # 2

We just looked that what happens after 7..Nxe4 is not good for Black. What if Black castles 7…0-0. This is a better option for Black. Let’s see how to play as White here.

Trap # 3

What if Black decides to counter attack and play 5…Qg5 to attack you instead.

Trap # 4

If Blacks plays a common mistakes 6…Bg4, there is an explosive solution.

Trap # 5

If Black plays 5. Qe7 and threatens to take on e4; let’s see what happens.

Trap # 6

Here is one more variation after Black plays 7..Nxe4


Now tell me in the comments which of all the traps you liked the most? πŸ˜„πŸ‘


Danish Gambit

The Danish Gambit may not be the best opening to play as White against a strong player. However, in most cases, our opponent will not know how to deal with it, and that is when we could play an exciting, fun game with lots of fireworks! πŸ˜†

In general, I recommend playing gambits to improve chess as they strengthen our tactics and we learn the importance of dynamic play.

I invite you to watch the following video, in which you will find in greater detail one of the traps shown in this article.


I hope you enjoy reading this blog post.

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