The Tennison Gambit

As you know, I had earlier made a video on chess opening tricks that exist in the Tennison Gambit. That video got more than 2 million views on YouTube. That was a short video so I was not able to cover all the different lines and variations. I was recently going through all the comments and realised there were a lot of common questions. So in this video, I will go through the Tennison gambit in detail and along the way, I will try to answer all your questions. Plus, I will also show you all the different opening moves, tricks, ideas and strategies that you can use to win more games here: So stay tuned till the end and keep watching Chess Talk.

Hello Chess Friends, I am Jeetendra Advani. If this is your first time on this channel and you want to learn some cool chess tricks and become a better chess player, then start now by subscribing and clicking the bell so you don’t miss any of my videos. Before we begin, I would strongly recommend that you try these opening tricks only on players rated below 1800. Plus, there are high chances that your opponent will fall for these traps when he does not have much time to think so you should play these tricks mostly in quick games like the blitz and the bullets. Okay, so let’s start with the king’s pawn opening, pawn to e4. Black responds with the Scandinavian Defense pawn to d5. Now as white, you will play this surprising move knight to f3. Now here, there were a lot of comments from our viewers that this opening does not happen. Our opponent generally plays pawn to e5 and very rarely someone plays pawn to d5. Well, let me show you another way in which you can get to this position. Let’s start with the move knight f3. This invites black to play the move pawn to d5, which enables you to play e4 and set up the gambit.

From here, the most natural move from black would be to capture this pawn. And then, as you know, we will play knight g5 attacking this pawn. Now if black tries to hang on to this pawn, then he has many options. He can play bishop to f5 or queen to d5 or even pawn to e5. I will show you tricks in all these lines but first let’s see the most common and sensible reply from black that is, knight to f6. To this, we will play pawn to d3. Black wants to get rid of this awkwardly placed pawn so he captures and then we recapture with our bishop. In this position, I had shown you that black plays pawn to h6. There were some comments saying that this is a very bad move and this won’t happen in real games. Well, I can guarantee you that you will see this in every second game. I will tell you why.