Easy play against the Budapest Gambit

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6/15/2022 – The Budapest Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4) has its most loyal followers in club chess. 1.d4 players who are confronted with the gambit have to reckon with the fact that their opponents are far more familiar with the positions, if only because of the number of games they have played with that system. In the current ChessBase Magazine Extra 207 Ivan Sokolov shows a little-known but very convenient way for White to gain a nice advantage without extensive study of opening theory. You can watch an excerpt from his video analysis here!

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Videos: Elisabeth Paehtz presents one of her favourite weapons against the Gruenfeld. Ivan Sokolov shows a comfortable way to gain an advantage against the Budapest Gambit. "Lucky bag" with 57 analyses by Jorden van Foreest, Nijat Abasov, Igor Stohl et al


Ivan Sokolov: Easy play against the Budapest Gambit

The Budapest Gambit is especially popular in club chess. That White should objectively get the better game seems clear. But by what means? If White gets involved in the main variations after 4.Bf4 or 4.Nf3, there is a large amount of theory to deal with. In his video, Ivan Sokolov recommends the alternative 4.e3 followed by 4...Nxe5 5.f4! - an idea recently brought to his attention by his friend, Ivan Salgado. Black must now move again with the knight, either to g6 or to c6. In his video analysis Sokolov first explains how White arrives at a comfortable and clearly advantageous position after 5...Ng6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Nge2 a5 8.a3 Be7 9.Ng3. After the more natural 5...Nc6, White has the choice of continuing with 6.Nc3 or 6.Nf3. Not an easy decision, because in both cases White retains a big space advantage and the better play.

Video analysis by Ivan Sokolov from CBM Extra #207 (Excerpt)

Total playing time in CBM Extra #207: 21:42 min

In his analysis, Sokolov also demonstrates the attacking potential against Black's king . In the line after 6.Nc3, for example, White can tear open Black's kingside after the advance of the h-pawn, long castling and the exchange of the dark-squared bishops. Example:

How can White finish the game after 27...Nxd5? 

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ChessBase Magazine Extra #207

Opening videos

Ivan Sokolov: An idea vs. the Budapest Gambit

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.e3

Elisabeth Pähtz: Gruenfeld Defence Fianchetto Variation with 10.h3

Germany's strongest WGM introduces you to one of her favourite weapons against the Gruenfeld Defence. After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Nb6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.e3 0-0 9.0-0 Re8 Elisabeth Pähtz proposes to continue with 10.h3. For a better overview, she has divided the different variations into four videos.

Video 1: 10…a5 11.d5 Ne5 –  video playing time: 06:15 min
Video 2: 10…a5 11.d5 Nb4 – video playing time: 10:27 min
Video 3: 10…Be6 –  video playing time: 04:28 min
Video 4 - The main line: 10…e5 11.d5 Na5 12.Qc2 –  video playing time: 19:59 min

Jorden van Foreest contributes "The brilliancy" of this edition. At the Tata Steel Masters 2022, the young Dutchman conducted an opening experiment against Praggnanandhaa: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4?! "I had wanted to play this move for a long time, but had not yet had the opportunity. Finally the time had come. There are not too many good reasons why I like the move, the main one is probably that it looks so stupid. :-)" Van Foreest explains. But things continued no less surprising after that: 3...e6 4.0-0 d5 5.Bb5! dxe4 6.Ne5 Qc7 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Bc4! made the following position arise on the board:

"So White has lost a pawn and moved his bishop three times in the opening. ..." A very original game with many illuminating comments and a happy outcome for the Dutchman in the end!

In addition to that game, no fewer than 56 other games with detailed annotations await you in the "Lucky bag"! Among them are analyses by Nijat Abasov, Michal Krasenkow, Igor Stohl, Spyridon Kapnisis and many others.

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Once again, almost the entire world's top players are represented!

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