A Gambit Guide through the Open Game Vol.1

Are you well versed in main lines but are you also often surprised by old and forgotten gambit lines? Or are you tired of main lines and do you prefer some easy to learn, yet very dangerous gambits? This is your DVD! In his Gambit Guide Vol. 1 Dutch Grandmaster Erwin l’Ami takes you on a journey through time and shows gambit lines in the Open Games (that is, after 1.e4 e5). This DVD includes the infamous Frankenstein-Dracula Gambit, the Cochrane Gambit, the Belgrade Gambit and, of course, the mother of all gambits: the King’s Gambit. Many of these long forgotten lines offer plenty of room for creativity and exploration and this DVD is full of new ideas with which you can surprise your opponents. Apart from a theoretical section and illustrative model games the DVD contains a number of exercises, which allow you to test your new knowledge. L’Ami, winner of the Reykjavik open 2015 and a former second to World Champion Veselin Topalov, is the perfect man to guide you through the maze of dazzling complications!

• Video running time: 6 hours 41 min (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: extensive analysis of the theory shown on this DVD
• Including CB 12 Reader


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • 01: Introduction [02:14]
  • 02: Urusov Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4) - Video analysis [15:08]
  • 03: Frankenstein-Dracula (1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nxe4) - Video analysis [15:39]
  • 04: King's Gambit - Introduction (1.e4 e5 2.f4) - Video analysis [20:50]
  • 05: King's Gambit - Bishop Gambit (2...exf4 3.Bc4) - Video analysis [15:42]
  • 06: King's Gambit - Quaade Gambit (2...exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Nc3) - Video analysis [08:14]
  • 07: King's Gambit - Rosentreter Gambit (2...exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.d4) - Video analysis [16:43]
  • 08: King's Gambit - Muzio Gambit (2...exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4) - Video analysis [21:08]
  • 09: King's Gambit - Allgaier Gambit (2...exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ng5) - Video analysis [13:06]
  • 10: King's Gambit - Kieseritzky Gambit (2...exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5) - Video analysis [17:58]
  • 11: King's Gambit - Kieseritzky Gambit (2...exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 d6) - Video analysis [07:00]
  • 12: Elephant & Latvian Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 and 2...d5) - Video analysis [12:42]
  • 13: Petroff - Morphy Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Nc3) - Video analysis [16:19]
  • 14: Petroff - Cochrane Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7) - Video analysis [12:43]
  • 15: Danish Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3) - Video analysis [11:22]
  • 16: Goring Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3) - Video analysis [14:56]
  • 17: Halloween Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5) - Video analysis [14:49]
  • 18: Belgrade Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nd5 Nxe4) - Video analysis [16:04]
  • 19: Belgrade Gambit (5...Bc5) - Video analysis [09:04]
  • 20: Belgrade Gambit (5...Nb4) - Video analysis [11:52]
  • 21: Guioco Piano - Moller Attack (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nxe4 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.d5 Ne5) - Video analysis [14:19]
  • 22: Guioco Piano - Moller Attack (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nxe4 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.d5 Bf6) - Video analysis [10:13]
  • Interactive modelgames
  • 23: Ekebjaerg,O - Timmerman,G (1991) [25:00]
  • 24: Anderssen,A - Kieseritzky,L (1851) [21:49]
  • 25: Capablanca,J - Chase,A (1922) [13:30]
  • Modelgames
  • 26: Kangur,A - Gerzina,M (2006) [10:41]
  • 27: Yu,Y - Jumabayev,R (2011) [10:22]
  • Test positions
  • 28: Test position 1 [01:29]
  • 29: Test position 2 [02:50]
  • 30: Test position 3 [01:10]
  • 31: Test position 4 [01:11]
  • 32: Test position 5 [02:01]
  • 33: Test position 6 [01:11]
  • 34: Test position 7 [02:26]
  • 35: Test position 8 [01:37]
  • 36: Test position 9 [01:37]
  • 37: Test position 10 [03:01]
  • 38: Outro [01:31]

King's Gambit

The King’s Gambit was the fashionable opening of the 19th century. On move two, such great combinatory players as Paul Morphy (1837–1884) and Adolf Anderssen (1818–1879) were willing to sacrifice the f-pawn, so that after the opening of the play which follows 2... exf4 they would be able to obtain an advantage in development and then mount an assault with their pieces. Unforgettable masterpieces such as Anderssen’s “Immortal Game” were created with the King’s Gambit. But also more recent players such as Boris Spassky and David Bronstein (1924–2006) have won games with White.

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