The Albin Counter-Gambit, as suggested by its name, is employed by the black pieces. Any gambit is an initial sacrifice offered normally by. I play the Albin-Counter Gambit. Just getting that straight. If you guys see any way to destruct the Albin-Counter Gambit, go ahead. This is the Albin-Counter. The Albin Countergambit is not to be feared, particularly. White does quite well after the simple 3. dxe5. My chess database of master games.

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Thanks to the opening of a chess club in my city, now I have the chance to play more tournaments, and more blitz rated events. Recently, at the chess club, I began a series of matches one-on-one: I’d like to praise Trent’s intellectual honesty, because not even one minute into the introductory video he says clearly: Trent instead took the bull immediately by the horns!

The modern Grand Prix Attack. This is an opening that must be treated with both caution and respect. On the other hand, in times where most people don’t care about a precise use of the language apart from the grammar police! I qlbin it was obvious, since it’s called: Nf3 is not a gambit! I’d like to praise Trent also for another reason. In the database of model games, he not only put the games he won, but also one he lost, which shows he is a mature and responsible coach, unlike those concocting a magic aura of invincibility for the opening they are teaching.

To tell you the truth, there is another product by ChessBase, authored by Trent which is really worth having: The Modern Grand Prix Attack. Returning to the newest DVD, Trent solves the question of 2.

So I returned to another product I briefly studied, but didn’t use gambir one which now could come handy too: In that a,bin series, GM Williams, on video 24, covers the possibility that White tries to avoid 2. I give the game because I’m interested in writing articles which are useful to my fellow chess players, however in the Chigorin DVD the game is heavily annotated, and then, of course, Williams also dedicates an entire 20 minutes video to it, explaining the move order, and what Black should do, etc.

Opening with the Chigorin shows your intention to play for a win right from the outset. Nc6 Black’s pieces fly into the game putting pressure on White’s position from a very early stage.


This opening is ideal for the type of player who strives for gambitt unconvential yet attacking game right from the start. There is also another reason why one should know the Chigorin Defence. During the second video, Trent analyses some rare third move sidelines.

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The following one could be a transposition into the Chigorin: Nf3 and Black continues with Bxc3 this transposes to a Chigorin, so once more it becomes useful to study the DVD made by Williams.

If Black doesn’t want to transpose, then after 1. Nf3 Black needs to play The point here is thanks to the ChessBase training system I can cover most of my needs, and create a repertoire for blitz.

Obviously, I’m not covering all the possibilities, because this article is intended as a review of Trent’s latest DVD, more than learning the Chigorin, but I do like to be prepared!

Trent informs us that the DVD has quite lengthy analysis, longer than in previous video series on openings he has made, because in this case, he is proving the soundness of the lines he proposes, with an accurate analysis bulletproofed by engines.

Albin Counter-Gambit

Morozevich, and the Swedish champion: Among the classical masters, we have obviously Albin, Geza Maroczy and Frank Marshall, just to mention few who played the opening consistently. I’d like to share this masterpiece played by Trent, because it reminds me of Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, a famous game in which many pieces are sacrificed or left en prise.

Returning to the DVD, Trent emphasizes the need to repeat the lines and understand them.

Today also in ChessBase there are tools which can help us to do that. What I mean here is ” praxis ” an ancient Greek word which symbolizes the idea of practising. Trent shows some lines, and tell us he would prefer that endgame compared to another when he says that one must stop the video, copy the FEN of that position, and then play it against an engine or a sparring partner.

Here I’d like to give some of the positions I’ve seen, which in my opinion one must play before the tournament, to acquire that kind of understanding needed to play the opening correctly.

Black just played If one can’t, then he should try as White to resist the attack. In this way, one learns both sides and becomes counteer with the plans, and tactics in the position.

One should spend minutes to imagine which plans White will employ, and gamnit to do as Black. Again, one should not have to work it all out at the board, but rather practise beforehand. I’d like to mention another position, in relation to the ChessBase training system. Pawn structures you should know.


Every pawn structure has its typical plans and to know these plans helps you to find your way in these positions. On this DVD Mikhalchishin presents and explains the most common central structures: The Hedgehog, the Maroczy, Hanging pawns and the Isolani. So why is the ChessBase training system such an asset?

The opening is not only memorizing some lines and moves, it is the core learning system which opens our minds to what to do, depending on which pawn structure we encounter. To study the opening distinct from the actual middlegame and endgame is foolish. The positions above are just a small sample gathered from one video clip, but they are much more useful to prepare you for a tournament, than a typical tactic training, because they will happen in your games if you play the Albin Counter-Gambit, and to be familiar with them means to save a lot of time on the clock.

By now the reader of this article will want to know precisely the content of the DVD. The fifth chapter is dedicated to the interactive quizzes, where Trent presents a position, and one must find the right move. The quiz section is made up of 15 video clips, with feedback. This is useful training, and can last hours, or at least give us feedback on which parts we didn’t fully understand. Play the Albin counter-gambit, because it will teach you chess! Buy the Coknter, play each line gambjt an engine or a sparring partner, and you’ll become a new better player in the process.

One can become a player who knows how to exploit a tempo in the opening to one’s own advantage. A player who, like Morphy, understands development, the initiative, and the attack! The Amazing Cuonter Counter-Gambit.

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Trent found a number of extremely dangerous Theoretical Novelties which will truly put the Albin Counter-Gambit back on the map. The Tactical Chigorin Opening with the Chigorin shows your intention to play for a win right from the outset. Pawn structures you should know Every pawn structure has its typical plans and to know these gambjt helps you to find your way in these positions.