Ranking the Best Chess Gambits | Dojo Talks

The Dojo (GM Jesse Kraai, IM David Pruess, & Kostya Kavutskiy) rank the most popular gambits in chess.

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  1. imo, king's gambit should be playable. Sure, if black prepares they equalize, maybe get an edge, but that's true for many of the openings in the playable category. It's definitely more sound than the froms, so…

  2. Have YOU seen Jerome?
    Or is Jerome watching you…

  3. Just a small criticism regarding the board set up, gents. On a small screen, it's difficult to see the black pieces on the blue.

  4. I’ve played the Albin in OTB classical so I hope it’s real! Also considering adopting the benko and and scotch gambit into my repertoire let’s see if this video changes my mind.

  5. The original Jerome was just some coked up hustler who can't stop jumping around and fidgeting on the other side of the board.

  6. Notable players Spassky has beaten with the King's Gambit (scoring 78.6% over 49 games): Seirawan, Karpov, Portisch, Bronstein, Fischer, Averbakh. I don't think any of the other gambits outside the real opening category have those high-stakes modernish games at the top level behind them. Feels to me like the top of playable is probably where it should sit with the big caveat that it's also probably a disproportionate amount of work for an opening that only makes it to playable.

  7. OMG don't do a tier list if you don't know the gist of half the gambits.

  8. Αλέξανδρος Μπαμπαλίκης says:

    58:25 Damn impressed with you sir. Takes a lot to say "Thank you" instead of being stubborn. Props!
    PS would have loved to see your thoughts on urusov gambit

  9. Pruess is massively underrating the Alekhine-Chatard gambit in the french.
    He mentioned:
    c5?! which is quite bad for black after Bxe7 Qxe7 (black should likely play the sad Kxe7) Nb5
    a6?! which is also bad for black after Qg4. Delaying the exchange of bishops has prevented black from meeting the threat of Qxg7 with O-O because of Bh6

    h6! is the only good move, but the insertion of h4 and h6 clearly favors white

  10. Would have loved to hear a discussion of the Two Knights – Polerio. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Ng5 d5 I think it is so good that most do not even consider it a gambit, though it truly is. If you play the Two Knights Defense then you must be ready to play it.

  11. Good video. Amazing than Jesse didn't know so much great gambits 😀

  12. Ruy Botez: e4 e5, Nf3 Nf6, Qd2 a6, Qb5 axb5

  13. The Schliemann is worthy of further exploration. Lots of interesting positions! In just four moves, check out this position: e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 Bb5 f5! Nc3?! Nd4! (instead of fxe). I think even the top players are reluctant to deal with the complications that arise from this variation, and opt for the safer 4) d3 instead.

  14. I think refutation to albin is nf3 and nbd2 and g3 i have never lost a game against the albin after that

  15. i AM with Pruess on several evaluaciones the Albin si justo a surprise weapon and the alekhine-catard the same

  16. From gambit is Bad Jesse is completely misguided here

  17. I do not want to be rude with the old GM…jajaja…This said from an old bastard 16 years older than him…::)) BTH, I have read your Philosophy Tesis Jesse…Superb

  18. The Blumenfeld was a pet weapon of Nisipeanu, therefore, it must seen with some respect, but e4 may be a killer, White must know how to proceed, of course, this line merits to be studied before playing it against a Black player that has prepared it..BTH, here a game I won against then IM (GM now) Andres Rodriguez Vila, after a horrendous blunder from him , this is a Blumenfeld from Konex-Canon International 1991…1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c5 4. d5 b5 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. Qc2 Na6 8. a3
    b4 9. e4 bxa3 10. Nxa3 Nb4 11. Qc3 Qg6 12. Nd2 Bd6 13. g3 Ba6 14. f4 O-O 15.Nc2 Rfe8 16. Nxb4 cxb4 17. Qe3 Bb7 18. Rxa7 Rxa7 19. Qxa7 Ba8 20. Qxd7 f5 21.Qxd6 fxe4 22. Bg2 Qf6 23. Qxb4 Qd4 24. Qc3 Qa7 25. Nf1 exd5 26. cxd5 e3 27. Ke2 Qa6+ 28. Qd3 Qb6 29. Nxe3 Qxb2+ 30. Qd2 Qa3 31. Rc1 Bb7 32. Kf2 Qa7 33. Rc7 Rc8 34. Rxc8+ Bxc8 35. d6 Kh8 36. Bc6 Bd7 37. Bxd7 Qxd7 38. Qd5 1-0

  19. Love your wok, dudes, you are the most entertaining chess guys in youtube, at least for me

  20. What about 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nxe5 (or exd5) Bd6
    ?

  21. There's also a gambit line played by white side in Scandinavian called Mieses-Kotrc (sometimes called Leonardt gambit) which is worth to be mentioned. It starts 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. b4. And, to be honest, this variation is quite playable

  22. Gm Jesse realy hates the king's gambit😂😂

  23. Fun fact: the line Kostya gave of Blackburne out-Jeroming someone was actually played by the original Jerome in a correspondence game (Jerome – Norton D. 1876), so in a way David was on to something.

  24. The purpose of the black Bourne chilling gambit is after Qg5 if knight takes f7 then queen takes on g2 and it is mate in a few moves

  25. Thank you Jesse! I have been wondering what OP meant when I heard people say it. I still think the usage of the term is incorrect because as an adjective, to be overpowered suggests that the subject itself is being overcome by an opponent's strength, and only as a verb does it signify the opposite. But I digress… and now back to the video 😛

  26. Marc Esserman says that the only reason he doesn't play the King's Gambit more is because of the falkbeer, he calls it the "great equalizer"

  27. The gambit against the Caro that you're discussing at the end is the hillbilly attack

  28. Tiny board; big faces. Hard to casually follow.

  29. I feel like its worth mentioning that Magnus Carlson rejected the Stafford Gambit by Eric Rosen. Id say its definitely playable, though white can trade into an endgame where they are slightly better

  30. I play 3 surprise weapons and 1 meme. damn, I better stay in blitz territory 🙂

  31. YESSSSS!!!! Jessi knows his EPL Soccer!! I gave this video a thumbs up just for that. COYS!

  32. Okay, I'll just assume Queen's Gambit is a real opening lol

  33. Instead of wasting time on some garbage you could at least include Urusov.

  34. The queen of opening knowledge Leela think:
    Alekhine-Chatard is the best move

  35. Maybe the fun is in hearing each other out without a computer but objectively the From's is not that good. Gives Stockfish gives .9 for black. Still probably a fun practical choice. It also thinks the King's Gambit is better than the Vienna Gambit.

  36. King's Gambit is being rated trash by these guys when a guy 200 points above them (Amin Tabatabaei 2655) blundered a piece on Move 7 in a classical game facing the KG. Of course this happened after the video, but it tells you about their evaluation. The game is Pechac-Tabatabaei. Black eventually won this classical game despite being down a piece on Move 7, with a computer evaluation of 3.5 but that obviously doesn't change the point.

    These 2400/2500 GMs and IMs aren't much better at evaluating a position (with computer assistance) than 2100/2200 players in this day and age. It's very entertaining to see these videos, but don't come away with the idea that this in any way objective assessment.

    All these guys without exception would get crushed by any of the regular KG players easily. The sheer number of 2600+ players that have lost to the KG should say something about it's playability compared to the other openings listed with it.

  37. The Botez Gambit is hands down the greatest Meme Gambit ever.

  38. I wish they did time stamps. But great video. Very very informative

  39. No Winawer Poisoned Pawn. Not a jab, but I'm guessing just to complex to briefly skim over!? It's still very much playable for black and is a mainline opening vs 1.e4.

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