Refute the King’s Gambit as Black | Falkbeer Countergambit: Tricky Opening

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will show you how to refute the King’s Gambit as Black. The King’s Gambit is a chess opening that begins with the moves: 1.e4 e5 2.f4. White’s idea behind giving away the pawn is to gain rapid development, dominate the center, castle kingside, and attack on the semi-open f-file. 

The Falkbeer Countergambit is a great choice to counter the King’s Gambit. It happens after 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5. Black offers a pawn back instead of accepting White’s gambit with 2…exf4. White’s move 3.fxe5 is a terrible blunder as Black can play 3…Qh4+ – even the world champion Magnus Carlsen made this blunder.

After the standard capture, 3.exd5, GM Igor Smirnov recommends you to play the rock-solid 3…exf4 as it completely shuts down all the White’s ideas. The Abbazia Defense allows you (Black) to develop your pieces easily, castle quickly, and dominate the center and kingside, instead of White doing that. 

► Chapters

00:00 Intro to Refutation of King’s Gambit
00:32 White’s idea in King’s Gambit
02:33 Black Refuting with Falkbeer Countergambit
03:18 Magnus Carlsen made Beginner’s Blunder
03:55 Mainline 3.exd5
04:39 Shutdown White’s plans with 3…exf4
07:08 Important nuance you should know
09:47 If White plays c4, protecting d5
12:40 Black’s powerful knights at the center
13:42 White’s most-played moves are losing
14:53 If White plays Bc4, protecting d5
15:42 Set a really cool trap for your opponent
17:27 If White plays Bb5+
19:00 Can you find the best move?

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