5 Best Beginner Chess Gambits for White
“All gambits are sound over the board.“, William Ewart Napier
FM Sebastian Fell presented a few weeks ago an opening repertoire for the improving player (click here if you want to improve your opening results), but if you want to attack from move 1, then today he will show you another repertoire, full of gambits and aggressive ideas.
He shows one incredible game after other, so you can learn different attacking and sacrificial ideas, improving your tactical skill while learning some new chess gambits to surprise your opponents and get crushing attacks from the very first moves. Your rivals won’t know what hit them!
Let’s start discovering his suggestions:
The Scotch Gambit
He suggest you to play 1.e4, and after 1…e5 the Scotch Gambit is a very promising option. It starts with 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3!?
After 4…dxc3 5.Nxc3, White gets the usual compensation for the pawn: he has better development, more space and control of the center. All in all, he has good compensation for the material, and Black should be really careful about his next moves.
This is one the chess gambits that have been more played by GMs with White, like former World Champion Mikhail Tal and Dragoljub Velimirovic, two great attacking players. Even Tal played this position with the Black pieces, and he lost!
After a few more moves in one of the main lines, we reach the position on the right:
White has a big development advantage and bishop pair, but Black is ready to castle in the next move. So, White has to attack quickly to take advantage of the bad position of the king.
White must play, 9.e5! immediately! After 9…Nxe5 10.Nxe5 dxe5 11.Qb3! Black can’t play the desired 11…0-0 as he loses the exchange after 12.Ba3!
In the game, after 11…Qe7 White played 12.Ba3!, and the game didn’t last too much. But, if you want to see the beautiful finish you have to watch the video!
If you are not convinced with the Scotch, then another excellent option is the Evans Gambit. Click here is you want a deep analysis of this and other gambits with an especial discount.
The Cochrane Gambit
After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3, Black can also play the solid 2…Nf6, after which the surprising Cochrane Gambit is a great variation to play for a win. It was even played by Veselin Topalov against Vladimir Kramnik!
The gambit starts with 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7!?. After 4…Kxf7 5.d4 White will get a strong compensation for the knight. He has an impressive center, good development, and a safer king.
FM Fell suggests you to play a slow approach after the sacrifice. Simply castle, develop your pieces, and then start rolling your extra pawns! If your e- and f- pawns can advance, then your opponent will be in big trouble, as he will be suffocated without space to move his pieces.
A surprising but very strong plan, which is very difficult for Black to prevent!
The Wing Gambit (x2)
After 1…e5, the most popular responses in the beginner and club level are 1…e6 and 1…c5. Against both, FM Fell suggest similar variations, both called the Wing Gambit.
1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4!? is the Wing Gambit of the French Defense, while 1.e4 c5 2.b4!? is the Wing Gambit of the Sicilian Defense.
Both chess gambits are related, and can even transpose.
Let’s look at one typical position that can arise from both defenses:
The position resembles a typical French, but with one important difference, white’s c3 pawn defends the d4-pawn, which is the main focus of counterattack in the French. But here, Black can’t do anything there!
As the center is closed, he must play on the queenside or in the kingside. In the queenside, he can try to exchange the bad bishop for the black’s good bishop with Ba3, and then to take advantage of the weak black squares like d6. He then can use the semiopen a and b files to put pressure over black’s pawns, in a similar fashion to the Benko gambit.
The other plan is more aggressive, and it is explored in the video. White can advance his kingside pawns with g4-f4-g5 and then advance the h-pawn to open the black castle. And then checkmate! Chess seems so easy sometimes…
The Hillbilly Attack
If you have heard of the previous gambits, then this is surely a big surprise. What’s that?
This is an interesting gambit against the Caro-Kann Defense, which is introduced after 1.e4 c6 2.Bc4!? d5 3.Bb3 dxe4 4.Qh5!? This is indeed a crazy variation!
If you are interested in knowing a bit about this surprising variation (that was played by the World Champion Magnus Carlsen!), you will have to watch the video…
With this video, you will be armed with 5 new weapons to play with White that will surely surprise every opponent (and therefore give you crushing positions). Play these Chess Gambits and have the funniest games (although not for your opponent).