Trappiest Opening Against The King's Gambit [Even Carlsen Got TRAPPED]
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Best Counter Against The King’s Gambit Chess Opening

Best Counter Against The King’s Gambit Chess Opening

In today’s video lesson, I’ll share with you my favorite chess opening to counter the King’s Gambit as Black. The King’s Gambit arises after the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.f4.

Back in the day, it was one of the main chess openings for White, with top world chess players like Paul Morphy and Adolf Anderssen playing it repeatedly. Nowadays, while it’s less popular at the top level, players like Carlsen, Nakamura, and Nepomniachtchi still occasionally use it during online blitz games. However, the opening remains extremely popular at the amateur level.

The main problem for Black in playing against the King’s Gambit is the careful decision required to accept the gambit and venture down the rabbit hole of the mainline after 2…exf4. In fact, White achieves a massive 66% win rate in the most played moves of the mainline.

On the other hand, choosing to decline the gambit with passive and casual moves such as 2…Nc6 or 3…d6 can easily allow White to launch a powerful kingside attack, especially if Black doesn’t know how to handle the open f-file for White’s rook after castling.

Therefore, it is important to learn the best way to counter the King’s Gambit, and that is exactly what you will learn from this video lesson.

You will learn the Bonsch-Osmolovsky Variation from the King’s Gambit Accepted, which is a perfect opening choice for Black. It is very easy to learn, solid, and avoids all the complex theory of the King’s Gambit.

Even Magnus Carlsen got trapped in only 6 moves against this variation, showing just how tricky it is!

https://youtu.be/OeGXY1ChdPY

Below, you can find the variations shown in the video:

I hope you enjoy reading this blog post.

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