The Blumenfeld Gambit with IM William Paschall

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There are a lot of solid choices against 1.d4. They are reliable, have been around for hundreds of years and are played at the highest level all the time.

That’s, however, one of the biggest problems with these openings; they are too well-studied and well-known even at the club level.

Indeed, you can play the King’s Indian or Benoni but those are also frequently seen openings, meaning all your opponents will know them.

To be competitive, you’ll need to dive deep into the opening theory, spend countless weeks if not months studying all lines and variations, just to survive the Opening and reach playable Middlegame…

It doesn’t sound very fun, does it?

If you want to play a truly fighting opening, the one that your opponents aren’t well-prepared for The Blumenfeld Gambit is exactly what you need! It has been gaining popularity and if you understand the key plans and ideas, it will become your #1 weapon for black in no time!

What is the Blumenfeld Gambit and why do you want to play it?

The Blumenfeld Gambit is a rich opening with a history spanning for over one hundred years. This “defense” is closely related to other openings which have been extremely popular in modern times, including the Benko Gambit and the sharp Benoni.

What’s in this course for you?

This 6-hour course arms you with a dynamic, yet sound repertoire for Black against 1.d4. This opening is meant to be played sharply and for the initiative, but I do not recommend unsound sacrifices or speculative continuations.

With Blumenfeld Gambit, you will always be one step ahead of your competition. While your opponent stares at the board trying to figure out the next logical move, you will already know the winning sequence and correct plans, paired with flawless execution.

You can just relax and enjoy the game… It is a much better position to be in! It not just takes the stress out of your game. This opening preparation gives you an instant confidence booster.


LESSON 1 Historical Perspective
LESSON 2 The Modern Revival in the 21st Century
LESSON 3 The Modern Main Line – Part I
LESSON 4 The Modern Main Line – Part II
LESSON 5 The Modern Main Line – Part III
LESSON 6 Blumenfeld Accepted – Old Main Line
LESSON 7 Blumenfeld Accepted – Modern Systems – Part I
LESSON 8 Blumenfeld Accepted – Modern Systems – Part II
LESSON 9 Aggressive Gambit Ideas for White (5. e4 etc.)
LESSON 10 Positional Lines (5.a4 etc.)
LESSON 11 Quiet Systems avoiding the Blumenfeld
LESSON 12 Other Ideas (3…a6)

The Blumenfeld Gambit – complete video course [6+ hours]

In this 12-lesson video course, we are going to arm you with a very dynamic, yet solid opening system against 1.d4 setups. With the Blumenfeld Gambit, you will always be one step ahead of your competition. No fluff. Only concrete knowledge.

Complete set of PGNs

Downloadable, complete set of PGNs of everything covered so that you can analyze it at your own pace and convenience. A must have treasure chest for any serious player.

Access to Practicum

Train the important tactical and middlegame motifs with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. Practical part is an important element of the course.

Summary of the course [PDF]

Summary of the key points covered in each of the course’s 12 chapters for quick reference and reviewing. Use it as a quick refresher after studying the course or print it and pin it on the wall.

About the Author:

IM William Paschall (FIDE 2514)

Currently resides in Budapest, Hungary. Bill was the Boylston Chess Club Champion 2002, finished 1st at the Foxwoods Open 2002, Two-Time New England Open Champion, and has defeated more than 20 GM’s in tournament play. Bill has extensive experience training both adults and children privately and in the schools.

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