The Elephant Gambit (1.e4.e5 2.Nf3 d5!?) has never really been given the attention it deserves. It is a very useful surprise weapon. Let us list the advantages of playing this particular opening: 1) Shock value 2) It is very aggressive. Black can take over the initiative early. 3) Many tricky lines 4) Unorthodox. Black is basically taking the game to the opponent as early as move two. Not many openings do that! It's a perfect opening for young players and club players to adopt. Let Andrew Martin select a repertoire for you on this 60 mins, which, if used with discretion, will rack up the points. I am sure that you will enjoy this unusual tour of the Elephant Gambit.


Sample video


  • Elephant Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5
  • 01: INTRO [01:33]
  • 02: Variations Intro [01:12]
  • 03: 3.Nxe5 Bd6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nc3 Bxe5 - Mondon,F - Skatchkov,P [03:50]
  • 04: 3.Nxe5 Bd6 4.d4 exd4 5.Bc4 Bxe5 - Dzierzak,R - Barglowski,F [07:07]
  • 05: 3.Nxe5 Bd6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nc4 Nf6 6.Nc3/Nxd6 - Nadanian,A - Skatchkov,P [07:26]
  • 06: 3.Nxe5 Bd6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nc4 Nf6 6.Be2 0-0 - Potapov,P - Skatchkov,P [05:32]
  • 07: 3.exd5 Bd6 4.d4 e4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.Nc3 0-0/6.Bc4 Nbd7 - Del Castilho,D - Corbin,P [09:12]
  • 08: 3.exd5 Bd6 4.d4 e4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 - Bulla,J - Karker,N [03:55]
  • 09: 3.exd5 Bd6 4.d4 e4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 - Righi,E - Corbin,P [05:16]
  • 10: 3.exd5 Bd6 4.d4 e4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.Bb5+ Nbd7 - Ricci Marco,J - Bonato,M [06:45]
  • 11: 3.exd5 Bd6 4.d4 e4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.c4 Qe7 - Howell,D - Turner,J [07:16]
  • 12: 3.Nc3 d4 4.Ne2 Nc6 5.Ng3 h5 - Andersen,S - Karker,N [07:55]
  • 13: Summary [00:50]

Open Games

After 1.e4 e5 we have the so-called Open Games. Previously this move order was almost obligatory and this is how some of the most famous games in the history of chess began, such as the Immortal and the Evergreen games. Nowadays beginners learn first of all to play the open games, and it is only in this group of openings that we can come across Scholar’s Mate (2.Qh5 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Qxf7 mate). But at the same time 1...e5 is considered to be the most solid continuation of them all and so dominates top level chess.

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