King’s Gambit Declined: Chess Opening Strategy, Moves & Ideas to WIN More Games

King’s Gambit Declined Repertoire – Here’s a useful chess opening strategy where black declines & counter attacks in response to white’s pawn sacrifice in the KGD. There are various chess opening tricks, traps, strategies, gambits, moves, tactics and ideas that you can use to win more games. In this video, I will show you some common opening variations & tactical ideas for both white & black pieces in the King’s Gambit Declined line. I will show you the most popular responses by black – the Classical Defense, the Falkbeer countergambit, Nimzowitsch counter gambit, Modern Defense, Idiot Trap (checkmate), Queen’s knight defense, Staunton line etc. We’ll discuss all the king’s gambit theory, concepts, mainlines & important variations. It’s a really aggressive opening & a good one to try on the chessboard, especially in Blitz or Bullet games. Bobby Fischer, Morphy & Andersen played this opening quite successfully in the romantic era of chess. These ideas & strategies will help you in winning chess games against your friends & other players who are not prepared for this opening. I also have an interesting Chess Puzzle for you at the end of this video. Let’s see if you can solve that. Don’t forget to watch the King’s Gambit Accepted variation here:

Video Timestamps:
0:00 King’s Gambit Declined: Introduction & Setup
0:57 Classical Defense…Bishop c5
1:08 The Idiot Trap in King’s Gambit
1:35 Classical Defense in the KGD – Most Solid option
4:25 Falkbeer Countergambit – Best Attacking option
5:49 Modern Defense – Accepted line
6:02 Falkbeer Countergambit…d5
8:19 Nimzowitsch counter gambit
8:44 Queen’s Knight Defense – Knight c6
9:03 d6 Response by Black
9:18 Chess Puzzle

King’s Gambit Declined – Main Variations:
2….Bc5 (Classical Variation) – Secret Weapon #1
3….d6 (Most common move by black)
2….d5 (Falkbeer Countergambit) – Secret Weapon #2
3….e4 (Staunton line)
3….exf4 (Modern Defense)
3….c6 (Nimzowitsch-Marshall Countergambit)
2….Nc6 (Queen’s Knight Defense)

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