Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Falkbeer Countergambit!

Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Falkbeer Countergambit!

Many attacking chess players will go to the King’s Gambit with the white pieces. If white plays this, he/she wanting you to accept the gambit, get a lead in development, and then attack your king, checkmate your king, win the game, and go home. I don’t think it is a mistake to take the pawn if you’re prepared, but usually white is very comfortable in these variations. Instead, we aren’t going to sit around and let white attack us. We are going to attack white! Instead of taking the gambit, we are going to offer a gambit to white!

The Falkbeer Countergambit is a very aggressive, dynamic, and sound chess opening. I myself used to be a King’s Gambit player, but I gave it up because of the Falkbeer Countergambit. It was very annoying to play against, and I myself found white’s positions both passive and awkward. I eventually went to the Giuoco Piano, as I count naturally develop without having to face a dangerous opening like the Falkbeer Countergambit. If you’re anything like Garry Kasparov or Mikhail Tal, you don’t want to just be up a pawn and play defense. No, you want to play attacking chess, win the game fast, and go home! We hope you enjoy learning how to play the Falkbeer Countergambit!


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  1. Thanks a lot for this so interesting gambit! 😊👍♟️

  2. do you yourself a solid and watch this at x1.5speed.

  3. I enjoy this idea as an answer to annoying King's gambit! Also, I suppose, not many average players know this!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Looks like you're preparing to play this against me. 😁

  5. 5:58 why cant white go knight to h3? i looked at it for a solid minute and i really just cant see it

  6. Great video. I'm really enjoying your content and style.

  7. I need to learn this cold, as an Elephant Gambit player, in case they throw out that gambit pawn insread of that f knigt. My old defense was the perfectly classic developing 2…B.c5 Thanks, Solomon!

  8. Wow thats so underrated, this education material is highest quality like others youtubers eric rosen or gothamchess. Keep it up man!

  9. Wow! I will definitely try this! But at 5:11, why can't black play Bf4 defending the pawn, instead of a6, a6 just seems weird to me… But thank you so much for sharing!

  10. One of the best lines out of the Falkbeer gambit is when you skewer the queen and king.
    The line is: 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 c6 4. Qe2 cxd5 5. Qxe5+ Be7 6. Qxg7 Bf6 7. Qg3 Bh4!

    Wally (1800) on falls for this trap.

  11. Hi Salomon,
    I am a true follower of the Ponziani opening. But when playing black I am always clueless agains the Kings Gambit. But after this video I got an answer and more importantly….white is not prepared or not comfortable with it. Surely helps me climb the complex ladder of chess and gives me fun seeing my opponents suffer a little. Thnx for sharing.

  12. I play the King’s Gambit in bullet chess all the time and rarely encounter this defense. I know when I see it the opponent is prepared !

  13. The King's Gambit is theoretically unsound. Falkbeer is the only opening where Black gets the optimal pawn formation e5 and d5, – in just in two moves, without fighting, – thus demonstrating White's theoretical error. It is only natural that all the lines are bad for White.

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