Chess Openings: Tennison Gambit

If you like to start with e4 and your opponent plays the Scandinavian defense, d5, then the Tennison Gambit, 2. Nf3, is just for you.

While this may not be the most sound opening in chess, it’s extremely fun and can catch your opponent off guard.

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  1. Update: After checking the king with the bishop, You can now release an ICBM and the game is already over.

  2. Lol, all the comments are after the running gag

  3. I use this to players who can't do well without a Queen.
    It's like sending a message.
    Ps: I don't care if the Queen is protected. If your Queen is open, I'mma take it. Welcome to endgame where I Reign supreme

  4. Put aside the IBCM Variation meme, this is probably my favorite gambit as any 1k I fight, they usually us Scandinavian defence and they panicked once they lose their Queen.

  5. Non-ICBM question:
    At 2:04 can't black just play f4 now that h5 is defended?

    Edit: NVM you can still just play knight to H5 and trade with the same idea as before I'm dumb sry

  6. This guy has been through a lot first ppl blow up his queens gambit variation and now the intercontinental ballistic missile variation

  7. The video looks at lines where black returns the pawn after playing ..e5. Nxe4 follows then black can play ..f5. Black then plays Ng3. But the video does not consider the natural move ..Be6 covering the a2-g8 diagonal.

    1. e4 d5
    2. Nf3 dxe4
    3. Ng5 e5
    4. Nxe4 f5
    5. Ng3 Be6
    6. Qf3 (−1.2 Stockfish) e4
    7. Qd1 Nc6

    Stockfish, however, recommends 6. Bb5+.

    6. Bb5+ Nd7
    7. d4 c6
    8. Be2 Qh4
    9. de 0-0-0 (0.1 stockflish)

    In blitz, I think black has the advantage in the above position after queenside castling just because black's position is easier to play in a fast time control. And now black becomes the gambiteer.

  8. The pawn on f7 should be captured by the bishop after exposing's it. Then, keeping the knight at the same square, move to d6. The next move is obvious. The king will be in check, so he will move out, becoming exposed to other piece attacks.

  9. Bishop could defend the king in that first example smh

  10. The creator of this video must be very confused right now

  11. how about pawn h6 variation? Attacking the knight early.

  12. I searched for this because a guy destroyed me with it

  13. i remember in school i bragged about being the best chess player. so then i was challenged by one of my classmates. We didn't use any strategies like this because we didn't know they existed. we were such equal matches for each other that we got an even amount of checkmates and in our tiebreaker battle (that the entire class watched) it ended in a stalemate. we agreed that we were equally good and moved on.

  14. You forgot to launch the ICBM to control the board

  15. I keep going into this by accident when rushing the opening and not noticing the opponent played d5 XD

  16. 0% Comments about the Gambit
    100% Comments about ICBM

  17. I don't use the ICBM variation, but when I do, I prefer the LGM-25C "Titan II" cold-launched 2-stage liquid-propellant silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile.

  18. I'm poor, and can't afford an ICBM, could you teach me the alternative version using an ATGM instead? I have the "9M133M Kornet-M" anti-tank guided missile.

  19. People watching
    1% – to learn how to play the opening
    99% – here to launch the intercontinental ballistic missile to attack black's remaining pieces

  20. Instructions unclear. Accidentally launched intercontinental ballistic missile into black pieces.

  21. Why is there only a few people here not talking about GM Vikram Rahul Abhishek Pranav Rajesh's new strategy?

  22. you have knight on g5 for a long time, but what should I do if he moves a pawn down to attack? This seems like an obvious move for black

  23. Demetrius Demarcus Bartholomew James III Jr. says:

    Ben Tennison

  24. there's a trap i got caught on where you move d3 and if he eats, you eat with bishop then sac the knight and bishop to check the king and eat his queen

  25. Damn, I had someone use this against me so I learned what it was called, now I find out it's a meme?!

  26. 7:33 queen not trap . black Queen play g4 and it saved by bishop

  27. Pawn to d3 we’ve kinda seen this move before

  28. What about the pawn on h6 that chases the knights away I had it last night.

  29. I keep unintentionally making this gambit in bullet xd

  30. f4 is for 1200 and below skill players

  31. 1:33 What about the bishop? Moving the bishop to E7 instead would be better, wouldn't it?

  32. I like how every single comment is about the intercontinental ballistic missile

  33. 8:12 move the white square bishop and you trap the king, if you can draw the queen away then move it to B5 it’s checkmate

  34. தமிழ் தேசியன் says:

    God of chess lesson!

  35. 1:33 why dont the block with the bishop, thatll prevent a queen trade

  36. u play knight to e5 at 0.44 black always plays pawn to f6 and then you bring out your queen to h5, the result is either you get a rook for the horse or you check mate your opponent. This version of the opening is quite flawed sorry

  37. What ia the purpose of castling in tennsyon gambit?

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