Blackburne-Shilling Gambit | Italian Game | Chess Openings | IM Alex Astaneh

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In this video, we going to look at the so-called Blackburne-Shilling Gambit with the move 3… Nd4. A gambit is basically a chess opening strategy in which a player sacrifices material, for example a pawn or a piece, in order to achieve an advantageous position or a development advantage.

The Blackburne Shilling Gambit is used by black in the Italian opening. However the move 3…Nd4, actually is quite easy to play against as white, as it is objectively speaking not a very good move, but you need to know one thing that has caught out thousands of players over the years and that is that the pawn on e5 that black leaves undefended with his knight move should not be captured. If you do capture it, black has a very strong move and that is queen to g5.

Openings are the most exciting phase in the game of chess. There are various chess strategies, tips, tricks and traps that you can use to fool your opponent. I would not recommend it to try it as black against anybody other than relative newcomers to the game because if they take the pawn on e5, life is very good for black. But if they take the knight on d4 instead, it’s only going to be a fun game for the white player.

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26 Comments

  1. Hi, I'm here because i almost got my ass handed to me because i accepted the gambit. I won with checkmate as white being down in 6 materials. Happy I got my 800 rating today on day 64 of my chess journey.

  2. Probably the rook checkmate lines where white takes on e5 is gonna work really well on anyone below 1500

  3. What is your recommended response for black if white plays 4. C3 ignoring the gambit and attacking the knight? (1. e4, e5 2. Nf3, Nc6 3. Bc4, Nd4. 4.c3 4. ? )

  4. I definitely captured the Knight with 4.Nxd4 if the opponent is a little or much stonger than me. But if we're equal or he/she's weaker, I usually play 4.Nxe5 because it's more fun, though in the end I lose sometimes. Lol XD

  5. Thanks for an excellent introduction to the opening! I can't find the video of the rosseau gambit or hungarian defence mentioned in the introduction. Is it not in the Italian game playlist?

  6. After 4. Nxd4 exd4 5. c3 Nf6 6. 0-0 can black really take and allow the pin? Won't d3 win the knight?

  7. Excellent video sequence. I would like to know as to why after Bf7 king plays Kd8 and not Ke7. Also what if after Qg5 white responses with pawn g6 to support the knight and the king will have e7 to escape mate and not lose any piece. Is there any forced mate sequence here. Also after Qg5 what about Nf3 . Thanks in advance

  8. I got hit for the first time by a 1800 and had no idea what happened. Love this gambit when it works

  9. 3:58 If black plays Nc6 then white plays d4 to gain center control.. And if Qxe4 then Re1 attacks the queen and if queen moves then Re8# is checkmate am I right Sir?

  10. In Italian hangerian vedio i found this. Refrance and I checked it out..

  11. 2:21 Am i wrong or you actually can take bishop on c4?

  12. I just saw 3 videos like this, all with the same position at 4:30. When black MISTAKENLY takes the pawn at e4, this is white's continuation. d5! kicks away the knight., NOW rook to e1 and Queen is trapped. If it moves, e8 is checkmate! I ALWAYS play this "trap" and BLACK is the one who gets trapped! Another variation is Queen realizes it CAN NOT take the pawn at e4 and moves to safety. White continues with d5 harassing the knight or rook to e1 and Queen to e2 threatening the king. OR BOTH! White has the center, is about to connect rooks, a safe king AND AN OVERWHELMING attack. All at the cost of ONE POINT!! Black has a misplaced king, no development and a Queenside rook that might as well go home because it's not in THIS game! The FUN part of chess is ACCEPTING a gambit and REFUTING IT! I ALWAYS accept this gambit and have so much FUN harassing the black knight AND king. I encourage white to accept this "trap" and have some!! FUN!!!

  13. I'm just gonna say this guy doesn't explain this very well. If you want a real explanation, search "blackburne shilling gambit chess talk" on youtube. He explains it nicely.

  14. Thanks for the great video. I can't wait to refute this gambit 🙂

  15. After white castles, I would allow the black knight to take the pawn on e4. Then I would move my rook to e1, thereby trapping the knight.

  16. After 6. Ng4 blacks best move is Nh6… d5 is ok at best

  17. This channel is my favorite. It explains all essential openings so well. Thank you.

  18. This is a wonderfull explanation why not to play the blackburn schilling gambit because it is indeed a dubious gambit 3 … Nd4).

  19. I always capture the knight and play Qh5. Very high win rate as well. Completely winning by move 6.

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