The Amazing Albin Counter-Gambit

The Albin Counter-Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5!?) has been a favourite of Grandmasters and amateur players alike since it was popularised by Adolf Albin in the 1890s. This hyper-aggressive system, which immediately sets out to destabilise White’s position, had a renaissance in the mid-2000s when none other than GM Alexander Morozevich revitalised the opening with a number of fresh ideas and excellent results.

Over the past decade though, the consensus among Grandmasters was that White had found several ‘antidotes’ to the Morozevich setup. However, upon further inspection, not only do I believe the opening is completely sound, but that a number of leading theoreticians may have overestimated White’s chances at achieving a serious advantage. In fact, as this DVD will show, I believe that it is White who has to take extreme care not to stand worse out of the opening, and that I have found a number of extremely dangerous Theoretical Novelties which will truly put the Albin Counter-Gambit back on the map.

• Video running time: 5 h 05 min(English)
• With interactive training incuding video feedback
• Extra: exclusive database with more than 50 model games
• Including CB 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 analysis [07:56]
  • Chapter 1: Sidelines
  • 02: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3rd Move Alternatives analysis [21:45]
  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4
  • 03: 4.e3 analysis [12:38]
  • 04: 4.e4 analysis [22:59]
  • 05: 4.a3 analysis [21:53]
  • Chapter 2: 5.g3
  • 07: 5.g3 Introduction analysis [02:10]
  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.g3 Nge7 6.Bg2 Ng6
  • 08: 7.Bf4 analysis [09:36]
  • 09: 7.Bg5 analysis [17:43]
  • 10: 7.Qa4 analysis [08:39]
  • 11: 7.0-0 analysis [17:23]
  • Chapter 3: 5.Nbd2
  • 12: 5. Nbd2 Introduction analysis [07:23]
  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 Nge7 6.Nb3 Nf5
  • 13: 7.e4 analysis [11:27]
  • 14: 7.a3 Be7 8th Move Alternatives analysis [12:34]
  • 15: 7.a3 Be7 8.g3 analysis [06:43]
  • Chapter 4: 5.a3
  • 16: 5.a3 Introduction analysis [04:21]
  • 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.a3 Nge7 6.b4 Ng6 7.Bb2 a5 8.b5 Ncxe5
  • 17: 9.Bxd4 analysis [10:23]
  • 18: 9.Qxd4 analysis [06:17]
  • 19: 9.Nbd2 analysis [08:15]
  • 20: 9.Nxe5 with 14.Nc3 and 14.0-0 analysis [21:08]
  • 21: 9.Nxe5 with 14.f4 (mainline) analysis [18:11]
  • 22: Albin Outro [04:23]

Albin Counter Gambit

In 1893 in New York, Adolf Albin (1848–1920) made a provocative attempt to combat the Queen’s Gambit against Emanuel Lasker. With 2...e5 – since then known as Albin Counter-Gambit – he simply sent a second, undefended, central pawn forward. After 3.dxe5 the idea behind the pawn sacrifice is to advance courageously with 3...d4, to deprive White’s queen’s knight of its natural developing square c3 and to claim a space advantage in the centre. Not exactly a modest plan!
If White thinks he can immediately challenge the pawn with 4.e3, he is running the danger of falling into one of the oldest opening traps. 4...Bb4+ 5.Bd2 dxe3 offers the Bb4 as a sacrifice. After 6.Bxb4? exf2+ 7.Ke2 comes a nasty surprise: 7...fxg1N+! But there are also new developments in the main lines which are promising for Black.

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