Chess Diary #0006: Englund Gambit – A Checkmate in Eight Moves

One of my favorite traps of all time in chess comes from the Englund Gambit, which is one of the craziest, if not stupidest, openings out there. It doesn’t work with higher rated players, of course, but I did checkmate someone rated 1519 in only eight moves today.

The GIF of the game I just played is below. I am playing with the black pieces.

  1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 Nc6 3. Nf3 Qe7 4. Bg5 Qb4+ 5. Bd2 Qxb2 6. Bc3 Bb4 7. Qd2 Bxc3 8. Qxc3 Qc1# 0-1

And as you can clearly see in the screenshot below, I checkmated my opponent in 21 seconds. (It was a 3|0 format Blitz game.)

Basically, free rating points. Thank you, Englund Gambit.

Edit: Here is another easy game I won playing the Englund Gambit with black today. In this one, I win in 5 moves! My opponent simply blunders their bishop.

1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 Nc6 3. Bf4 Qe7 4. Nf3 Qb4+ 5. Nc3 Qxf4 0-1

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