Chess Openings: Tutorial: Top 10 Outrageously Aggressive Chess Openings for White

Hi all. I would like to take you on a
tour in this video of top 10 outrageously aggressive Chess openings which
you can use with the move 1.e4 and when I say outrageously aggressive I really
mean you can use them especially in blitz or rapid chess and occasionally
maybe as a surprise weapon in longer time controls the reason a lot of these
systems are not so popular with International Masters (IM’s) and Grandmasters (GMs), is because there’s a very well
worked out defences and even counter gambits to a lot of what I’m going to
be recommending in this top 10 so a lot of them do belong in the Romantic era of
chess which was interrupted by the first World Chess Champion William Steinitz
who introduced positional play and the gradual accumulation of advantages so he
managed to systematically destroy all these attacking players of the Romantic
area era and they didn’t know really what happened. You know he created a
system where you could get advantages in position and store them with the pawn
structure for example Knight outposts the advantage of the bishop pair
structure advantages and the Romantic era was was shaken. Nevertheless there is
a place a niche even in today’s modern chess we have online chess we have
online blitz chess and we have over the board chess time controls which can be
quite fast and furious and sometimes these openings can even work on the
longer time controls so let’s see what I’m talking about. Well the first
Romantic era outrageously aggressive opening after e5 let’s look at e5
first is the King’s gambit the king’s gambit has been used by the
unofficial first world champion Paul Morphy before Steinitz and a lot of
attacking players since. David Bronstein in the era of Mikhail Botvinnik for example.
Boris Spassky used to play the Kings gambit and even beat Bobby Fischer with it so it has
a great deal of credibility actually and it’s been used by many many aggressive
and very very high-level players including world champions and World
champion challengers. The thing is it’s seen as having so many different options.
Super Grandmaster Levon Aronian once joked in a commentary – he joked that
there’s so many things that black can choose to do and black could even try an
aggressive immediate counter gambit – The Falkbeer Counter Gambit which is outside
of the scope of this but it’s an aggressive try and you can look at
numerous examples on the channel for Kingscrusher Kings gambit Blitz videos
and you can see that on blitz chess I’ve even beaten like IMs and often well not
often occasionally grandmasters have gone down when employing the Kings Gambit. It is a great surprise weapon so that’s the first choice against a 1..e5. f4 you gambit a pawn and the move I would follow up with is Nf3. There’s another alternative
Bishop c4 but the idea is you you get good control of the center you get
fast development. You can often use that F file. There’s a few interesting ideas
behind it it blacks really accepting the pawn. But there’s so many different
systems – you really need to know all the different systems that black can
use as well. Ok so the Kings gambit is the number one aggressive kind of
outrageously aggressive opening which you know if you were developing a
specific opening repertoire for blitz chess in particular you might want to
put this on just for fun to create some really entertaining games. Now the next
thing I’d like to look at is the Danish gambit and I’ll call them family of
systems From time to time people have mentioned
why aren’t I playing the Danish gambit. I guess one of the reasons I’ve kind of
done some soul-searching here. The Danish gambit is when you play d4 and if
it is accepted you play c3 here. And after takes now on (Chessbase) livebook you don’t just use the development move Knight takes c3. You try and get black to eat
even more that’s the most popular move Bishop c4 so if black takes you’ve got
this very very aggressive position where it’s difficult to play with black
especially in blitz or bullet chess it’s really kind of tricky you’ve got very
fast piece development. The bishops raring to go you can connect rooks soon and
I’ve won many many blitz games and bullet games with this Danish gambit
accepted. There are different variations in the Danish gambit which
are called slightly different things so let’s have a look. When I say the family
of systems you know the basic idea to get fast piece development is obviously
expressed with what we’ve just seen here But let’s rewind this. Okay the
first thing to note is the Göring gambit is highly related. It just inserts a
different move Knight f3 first so instead of playing the immediate d4 we’re playing
Knight f3 in the Göring gambit and it’s similar ideas. So after e4 e5 Nf3 and you get black to play knight c6 and
now you play d4 exd4 c3 – slight differences that you’ve encouraged the
the knight move and again here on taking actually the most popular move is not
like take c4 which you might expect especially if you play the Smith-Morra gambit – you might think that’s enough that has been played quite a bit here but also
Bishop c4 is worth continuing sometimes with Bishop c4 if you’re in this gambit
mood. So that’s the Göring gambit which is obviously a relative of it. And then
also we can have the Scotch game which addresses a particular issue really that
if you play c3 black can often play a powerful counter punch in the center
with d5 now you can try and address this with the move Bishop c4 so this Bishop
c4 is kind of scotch game territory where you still might be interested in
playing c3 so these slight nuances and also the Italian game kind of
continues a delay on on the idea of d4 if we have the move here Knight f3
knight c6 okay so this position the Italian game Bishop c4 Bishop c5 and it
looks as though blacks kind of discourage completely d4.
But you just play it anyway and you still get an interesting kind of gambit position now
these things are not entirely sound but that there are ways of basically
maximizing your development speed. And yes the longer the time control the kind of more
dubious and risky it could be for you know accumulation of advantages à la Steinitz is
not going to happen. The idea of slow but sure positional
play as I say is something which shook the Romantic era of chess very very
hard but these systems are very interesting for blitz chess in
particular. I believe they really do have their niche so this family that I’ve
just introduced here which you could call the Danish gambit family include
the Goering gambit the Scotch gambit and the italian gambit. Now let’s
have a look at something slightly different now in terms of the Fried liver and the
Lolli Attack system. So the fried liver Knight f3 knight c6 Bishop c4 now instead of
Bishop c5 from black it’s a it’s a very interesting name the Fried liver attack as
though it’s something to do with cooking so Knight f3 knight c6 Bishop c4 Knight
f6 White’s here in the Fried Liver – it’s quite optimistic white goes for that f7
square which is a traditional target that you would teach elementary school
chess players that this is a classical kind of target to
teach about the f7 square and black often plays d5 not exd5. One thing which
quenches or rather addresses the aggression of white and makes blacks game
potentially aggressive is for black to do a counter gambit with Knight a5 and
this is one of the reasons this isn’t so popular to try out with white because Na5 –
this is an aggressive counter gambit from black but ignoring that say blacks
not really at that level to know the counter gamut then this can be really
quite dangerous if they play Knight takes d5 now the Lolli attack system
here with black hitting the knight is to play d4 first then after exd4 actually
castle here and delay aggression on f7 So this position and it’s here where
Bishop e7 you can hit black with Knight takes f7 and this is really dangerous
dragging the King out like this is is really quite dangerous
so that’s d4 is actually many consider d4 more aggressive than the fried liver
which is Knight takes f7 so it’s not a little family of systems there. d4 and then castling is important because if you played the Lolli attack wrongly you just
end up losing a piece basically Knight takes d4 – you can’t just take on f7 here black has Queen e7 check (and then taking on f7 even protects d5). That’s a
critical check and then you’re losing so you’ve actually got to castle here and
you’re waiting for that Bishop e7 then you strike with with the Knight. It’s actually
a slight upgrade on that system because actually the fried liver attack can
actually get quite tricky. If you consider this this line here Knight
takes f7 King takes check here this can get quite tricky
this smoke Knight cb4 and White really needs to know what they’re doing but
players like Alexei Shirov have played this recently from the date of this video
with with some success so this is an aggressive system but you need to know
what you’re doing with this so Black is counter attacking on c2 here
as an example so sometimes the Lolli attack is the default delaying action on f7
is to be preferred actually so this d4 move maybe is a little bit better it’s
an upgrade on that if you’re thinking about punishing black with this Knight
excursion Ng5 but yes your enthusiasm will naturally be dampened as
players would black start playing the counter gambit system where they play d5
that central hit in the center and then and play Knight a5 and it’s just a very
nice game for black this position that’s why a lot of these openings you can
consider that they have this niche you know this blitz chess niche you can
consider them “aggressive” in inverted commas but in longer games the
grandmasters they choose quiet openings for a reason it’s the gradual
accumulation of advantages theory set up by Steinitz – it’s the idea of basically the
motto is slow but sure and that’s not present in the Romantic era of chess
these are very dangerous systems though if black is cooperative and
materialistic so let’s continue so I know I’m putting a little bit of a
dampener here but this objective reality around them doesn’t take away the fact
that they can be used successfully in blitz chess
even against IM’s and GM’s I think mine is just one of many channels that have
demonstrated that that in blitz chess you can get away with a lot more in
5-minute chess. You can play a lot more interesting things you can basically
revisit the Romantic era of chess so if anything that this video does is is
encourage that revisiting within the particular niche of fast chess then then
that’s good. So now okay so on my fourth consideration for an aggressive
outrageous opening straight from the Romantic era. Captain Evans the Evans
gambit so we have Bishop c4 let’s go back from
the start 1.e4 e5. 2. Knight f3 let’s go with Knight f3 knight c6 Bishop c4 Bishop c5
so this Evans gambit is b4 here because white is often trying to construct a
center of c3 and d4 and this just accelerates things and in fact players
like Hikaru Nakamura have played this recently I think there’s a game Hikaru Nakamura vs Vishy Anand which ended in a draw. It’s not that bad especially as a
surprise weapon if you’re going to use it in a longer time control it’s being
used by all sorts of attacking players a lot of games from this position after c3
You are accelerating central control and carrying on in gambit
fashion like this for example and there’s a lot of games from this
position it’s very very interesting to consider the Evans gambit if nothing
else especially if you just started getting into chess and want to improve
your tactical skills what you’re really doing is opening up a lot of lines and
piece pressure for your pieces when you lose pawns the pawns are simply often
there getting in the way of your pieces so if you can let the opponent feel the
pressure of your pieces this kind of Evans gambit is a very interesting try
because it has a very strong theme to it about constructing the center rapidly
and distracting black in if you look at it away from central control of d4
you’re getting that B file you’re getting a fast center setup often this
bishops quite dangerous on this diagonal there’s all sorts of opportunities and
resources which this Evans gambit creates so it’s another one which which
should be fun especially you know in in blitz chess and rapid chess the Evans
gambit ok. Another great one for and this is really really kind of outrageous so
you might want to use it for the special occasion of Halloween if we go back it starts with the four
knight’s defense which is not very original one night two nights and then
we have the third knight and we have the four knight’s defense
so here in four knights just Knight takes e5 is the Halloween gambit. And it is a
very interesting system which I’ve done a video on you might
want to look at. But like these other gambits – there are there are very
aggressive things that black can do if they know what they’re doing for example
black could even just timely find a way to give up the
piece back give the piece back but if Black has his Knights chased then you get
very interesting compensation if the knight goes back here for example then
this position can can get a bit tricky for black so it can be great fun to play
and I have one against some very strong players with this it just remains a very
interesting surprise weapon especially if the opponent is put on the back foot
the Knights are going back you can get very very good compensation and you
create these complications which are very difficult to manage especially at
the faster time controls but definitely it’s it’s fairly unsound and not really
seen in in standard play chess for obvious reasons and also yeah there’s
there’s very dangerous counter gambit systems I mean black could play Bishop
before this might not be the best try this queen g4 d5 this is one example
where this actually might be okay for white this position here a3 is a (Chessbase) livebook example and this this for example should be okay for white but so there
are other systems which can be even more aggressive for black because Black has got
that option to counter sacrifice that’s one of the fundamental flaws of these
gambits that if you give up a piece to try and get an exciting game the cold
shower can be given to you if black gives back the piece in
some way. Nc6 for example d5 Bb4 I think this is known as one way for black
to aggressively give back the piece and basically say you know where where’s
your advantage we’re transposing into something in
another system which is a kind of standard position in any case oh it’s
not too bad for white it’s meant to be about equal according to (chessbase) livebook but this
this sort of thing so that’s why they’re not aggressive if the opponent is not
cooperating with these gambit systems then you can end up statistically in non
aggressive positions so that’s why is you know sometimes perhaps it’s best to
keep a separate repertoire if you want an aggressive aggressive openings for
longer time control games which are based more on the accumulation of
advantages theory set up by Steinitz this is like another Romantic era kind
of thing this Halloween gambit against the four
knights. The Sicilian defense is another very
very popular move and of course I’m going to recommend I’m going to practice
what I preach as well I recommend this and I still play this quite a lot
against the Sicilian the Smith-Morra Gambit – which for a long time I was
calling the Morris Smith gambit so taking and then c3. So there’s actually a book
by IM Marc Esserman on it. “Mayhem in the Morra”. He outlines very aggressive approaches
in many different variations if black wants to give you the cold shower many
players were black are trying to kill the fun of it after c3 with an early
Nf6 – but I’ve discovered recently that you can actually unsettle some
opponents by playing Bishop d3 here this is an interesting try Bishop d3 for
example if d5 then e5 and black could get into serious trouble after e6 for
example ouch check and then be mated so yeah there’s
this interesting things you can do even after Knight f6 not all the fun has been
taken out but the aggression to a large extent – it’s not there. If you play e5
then you’re entering basically Alapin opening territory which is not wildly
aggressive but black has the defensive Knight dislodged from the Kings side so
in this sort of position you can sometimes get some sort of attack going
later in any case this is a very playable position for white but it means that if
you play the Smith Morra gambit you really need to perhaps get a book on the
Alapin – the c3 Sicilian opening which will transpose into a lot of the
territories here that if you play c3 which is a very very
popular system the Alapin opening you might as well get a book on that if
you’re going to be playing the Smith Morra gambit and this is very suitable
for the accumulation of small advantages so you can play this c3 system as a
surprise weapon against the Sicilian not the mainlines Sicilian – but a way of
establishing perhaps a small advantages advantages which you can
accumulate later on so yes the Morra Smith or Smith Morra and the c3
Sicilian are kind of the same sort of family because black is often against
the Smith-Morra not accepting your gambit Instead they often playing this fun killing move Knight f6 and the main moves are theoretically – you should be playing e5
but I found some fun with Bishop d3 which is only two games actually in my
book compared to 373 with e5 so that’s an interesting little family there the
Smith Mara and the c3 Sicilian the Alapin territory now just just to give
you some more protection against different types of openings or ideas
against the caro-kann you might want something interesting and there’s a little family going on
here of ideas with f3 you can play f3 immediately here called the Fantasy
variation and there is a particular video on the channel if you want to
search for Caro-Kann Fantasy variation and sometimes you can be given an aggressive
F file so takes here you’ve got this F file black might want to play e5 and
you’ve got to be very careful here about the Queen h4 check you know if you take
care Queen h4 ouch not very good so you’d end up after e5 playing Nf3
but you get this position say e takes d4 – black’s being a bit greedy which
is quite interesting with that f file – it is sharper than usual – tha f file could give you
some interesting victories and fast development. It’s got a lot in common
with some of the other things we’ve looked at. So the fantasy variation is
very interesting you might want to consider branches of that in that same
family Knight c3 takes. Milner Barry f3 – so putting insertion of Knight c3
here is interesting so I think Milner Barry has made use of this. That’s in the fantasy variation so
that was so Stuart Milner-Barry – a great British player there’s also a Von
Hennig variation where you you allow after
D takes e4 you play actually Bishop c4 Knight f6 and f3 so Von Hennig
variation so all obviously of the same idea that white wants to grab this F
file – like the Kings game it in effect so often you’ll see with these gambits we’re
trying to accelerate piece development and have these open lines and we want to
get the opponent to fill the power of our pieces the pawns are often getting
in a way so the solution is a simple one you sacrifice one or two pawns you get
extra piece development extra pressure and you’ve got to find the
tactical resources later those you’ve got to have an attention to detail. It’s
not talking about strategic long-term concerns of the position. You’re going to
be prepared for the hands a hand battles and be looking for seemingly ridiculous
resources which you will exploit. Lead in development and your piece pressure
so you going to be tactically minded to get real results from these systems so
anyway. So against the Caro-Kann there is some some food for thoughts there with
the fantasy variation so we go about that f3 idea we can delay the f3 of
knight c3. But f3 the Fantasy variation and black might want to
aggressively counter gambit – you need to know about this e5 – very
aggressive counter gambit but apparently according to Livebook – this should be
okay even though blacks trying to expose this diagonal very aggressively white
should actually be okay here it looks dangerous but Na4 here inviting
things like Bishop f2 – this should be okay. This has been played
before it can lead to some crazy stuff basically the fantasy variation. Black
wants to play that violent e5 move so that’s something you should
really book up for. Now let’s go on to against the Pirc defense –
now this system here is is a little bit different from the others in
that you can play in long games it has been played in long games numerous times so against the Pirc defence – you can play what’s called literally the Austrian attack so it sounds aggressive if it’s got the
word attack in it and it is aggressive and I’ve played it successfully many
times in blitz and you can see numerous examples of that the Austrian attack if
you search for blitz videos with Austrian attack so often white is
actually going for a direct attack on even the H file so yeah it’s just
the very very aggressive position to play with start off with here. You can
play Bishop d3 Bishop e3 these are popular moves Bishop d3 for example and here castling. e5 so you’ve got
this aggressive kind of Center and look at that F file. You are you getting the aggressive f file for later there’s a famous game Fischer beat Pal Benko in this line if
you want to search for that Bobby Fischer against Pal Benko on say – where he won in 21 moves in the this Austrian attack so it’s this is not just a
Romantic era I think this is something you can play in longer games without too
much fear of squandering your advantage for white if you assume the best
possible stuff from the opponent it so it’s not as unsound as the other
recommendations but I’m saying the others have this niche especially in
blitz chess but this this is perfectly a tried and tested system the Austrian
attack and very very popular to play in such a way. So often players with white here are playing like Nf3. Let’s look at the particular move order so Knight c3 if we
if we look at another move order d6 d4 Knight f6 Knight c3 this is a more
common way of the Austrian. So g6 and then we can
have f4 here. And there’s loads of games with this sequence so Knight f3
Bishop d3 – there are loads in those games with this this sequence. Over 2000 with Bd3. So really a very credible system for all
sorts of time limits not just blitz okay so we’ve looked at a variety of openings
coming to a number 9 now and this is something which I’ve been thinking I
should be playing against the center counter. There’s an intriguing thing you
can do a little trick if you’re playing against the Scandinavian (center counter) which you might consider outrageously
aggressive is to play actually d4 and transpose it if black plays now dxe4
– the Blackmar Diemer Gambit transposition so you play Knight c3 here and say Knight
f6 f3 for trying to peel open that F file if black takes what they’ve done is
not only to accelerate your development they are giving you an extra semi open file
pressure here so they’ve got a bit more material of course technically blacks
better. But they really need to know what they’re doing otherwise there could be
some disasters heading their way especially in blitz so I mean if you’ve
been struggling against this center counter in blitz yes why not just
transpose it into this gambit system which if you start to master the f3
systems like in the other recommendations you’ll get used to that
f-file and finding resources on that F file for great attacks so just transpose
it here into the Blackmar-Diemer gambit it’s an interesting idea against
d5 and I played often and there is a video
on it the Reti gambit so b3 You just fianchetto here and let black have that pawn. Later f3. But instead of f3 you might want to play g4 so in fact g4 is a lot
more popular or Queen e2 to try and Castle queenside for example like this
you can get back your pawn with Knight takes e4 and this isn’t a bad position
and it’s even being used in correspondence chess from time to time
so even though yeah blacks a pawn up you might not have to play f3
– so play g4 to play Bishop g2 and try and get the pawn back without losing
a pawn with f3 so it’s an interesting system in its own right. The Reti gambit the
temporary sacrifice of the e pawn if you want to get French defence players out
of their comfort zone this is really something to bear in mind this Knight c3
Queen e2 idea there’s over 100 games actually in Livebook with this
position so it’s a very interesting one if black ones to try and punish you of
knight c6 you can cover that d4 square a little bit if Knight d4 this is okay now
Queen d3 actually but um yeah so it’s an interesting idea this this Reti gambit
so I hope there’s some inspiration here not to be dissuaded. Just because an
opening is unsound basically you know there’s particular niches for it and
even super grandmasters especially for example more adventurous ones like
Hikaru Nakamura – they often well occasionally reel out Romantic era
gambits even in long FIDE time control games where the game is lasting
many many hours on a particular day Sometimes they do reel them as
surprise weapons and sometimes even players like Garry Kasparov – one of the
greatest players ever sometimes he has played some of these
gambits as well. So some are not completely unemployed in the longer time
limits but I’ll say the niche that I’ve been trying to emphasize is in blitz and
our casual online chess for most club players you know there are
there are lots of mistakes in club level chess so playing an interesting opening
when you might be down on material but you get some interesting piece pressure
compensation this repertoire could be very interesting to consider sometimes
just maybe as a surprise weapon well you know just just to make your your games
more entertaining okay I hope you enjoyed that comments or questions on
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