The Real Chess GOAT Gives a Masterclass on the King’s Gambit

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In the world of chess, there are legendary players who have left an indelible mark on the game. One such player is Paul Morphy, often considered the greatest of all time (GOAT). Morphy’s success rate with the King’s Gambit, an aggressive chess opening, was truly remarkable.

In this lesson by GM Igor Smirnov, we will delve into the brilliance of Morphy’s King’s Gambit and explore how you can replicate his success. If you’re looking for an exciting and effective opening as White, this is the masterclass you need.

The King’s Gambit chess opening is initiated by the moves 1.e4 e5 2.f4, where White sacrifices a pawn to gain quick attacking chances and open up lines against Black’s king.

It is a daring and aggressive opening that can lead to thrilling games filled with tactical opportunities. Paul Morphy’s games provide us with a blueprint to understand the true potential of the King’s Gambit.

What makes Morphy’s games even more remarkable is their relevance even today. Despite being played almost 200 years ago, the moves made by Morphy’s opponents still resonate in amateur-level chess. This suggests that by studying Morphy’s games and understanding his approach, you can prepare for common responses and increase your chances of success with the King’s Gambit.

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00:00 King’s Gambit, win 90% of the games
00:26 Game-1: Paul Morphy vs Eugene Rousseau
03:36 Can you find the best move for White?
06:05 Game-2: Paul Morphy vs his father Alonzo Morphy
08:58 Key idea to win in chess
11:24 Game-3: Paul Morphy vs Henry Edward Bird
12:59 Can you find the tactical shot?
14:14 Can you find the best move?
15:57 Common misconception about king safety

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44 Comments

  1. We learned from your comment, that you cant spell.

  2. ► Chapters

    00:00 King's Gambit, win 90% of the games

    00:26 Game-1: Paul Morphy vs Eugene Rousseau

    03:36 Can you find the best move for White?

    06:05 Game-2: Paul Morphy vs his father Alonzo Morphy

    08:58 Key idea to win in chess

    11:24 Game-3: Paul Morphy vs Henry Edward Bird

    12:59 Can you find the tactical shot?

    14:14 Can you find the best move?

    15:57 Common misconception about king safety

  3. Playing same opening for nearly 10 years but not master it sir.
    Make new series for openings

  4. Chess games then: I will sacrifice every pieces to beat you. It doesn't matter I will lose. Someone has to get knockouted.

    Chess games now: I think I'll play London.

  5. I have been your subscriber for at Least 7 Months ago and your videos has learned me a tons of traps and I got my rating from 1200 to 1600. Thank u 😊

  6. Great title for indeed the one and only true chess goat!

  7. Just Some Boy Probably Dressed in Corduroy says:

    Thank you for another great video! My only problem is that the last 7 times in a row that I played the King's Gambit as White, Black declined the gambit. In Morphy's day, I've heard that it was considered cowardly to decline a gambit.

  8. Great! I was just going over some of Morphy's king's gambit games yesterday. It's really cool stuff

  9. Activity Activity Activity!!!!!!🔥🔥🔥

  10. Thanks you coach , but what about king's gambit declined ?

  11. Sir love you.Because of you My chess improves a lot.Thank you❤❤❤

  12. Sir, your vedios are always impressive. Can u help me to understand how can I improve my chess. Although I practice my rating still is 1200 . What should I do to improve my raiting. Do reply
    Regards

  13. Paul Morphy has, without question, a most beautiful chess mind. His games could hang on the wall of an art museum! Thank you, Igor, for another great video. Keep the Morphy games coming!!!

  14. Still looking for the best defense against kings-gambit!

  15. Will try to memorize that first game. I have been playing king's gambit wrong.

  16. Hi master Igor, can you please 🙏 also put some games of another fantastic and a genius chess player unknown named sultan khan,who defeated all top chess players including jose Raul capablanca!

  17. Why do you ALWAYS make videos of my favorite openings? Lol, thanks once again! Keep going!

  18. Awesome explanation & insight again, thanks man!

  19. I love the games of Morphy and have played the kings gambit for about fifty five years, last thirty five of these I have played kings bishops gambit given the chance.

  20. Serge, I love the way you say "bushop" 😊

  21. I learned the opera game yesterday and noticed that Marphy was kinda an artist

  22. This opening definitely takes a genius mindset to master, also would love to see a van geet opening video

  23. The universal chess opening for white,what if blk queen slides to white bishops orginal spot? What’s white play next?

  24. Damn, that first game was really beautiful. How the heck did he see all of that blindfolded! These are the kind of games which make you go 'ooh!' and appreciate the true beauty of chess

  25. At 2:20 , what if black plays knight to h6 instead of pawn to h6?

  26. In this line, what would be the best move after: 1. e4, e5, 2. f4, e5Xf4, 3. kn f3, d5??? how should white respond?

  27. Morphy wasn't a chess player, he was an artist.

  28. At 5:36, there was also Queen to e6#, besides Queen c7# as played by Morphy in the game. So early in the game and white could choose how to checkmate his oponent! I have always been saying that the real GOAT was Morphy, and only then Fischer, Magnus, and Kasparov, as Morphy was the only one who didn't have such great predecesors and such plathora of chess material to learn from as the latter 3 had, not to mention computer engines that can give you and teach you the best moves from any given position, live coverage of chess tournaments with grandmasters analyzing every move, strategy, etc.

  29. a very instructive chess lessons. KUDOS TO THIS CHANNEL. BRAVO!!!

  30. You're my favorite chess channel.. I want to watch everything from you❤❤🎉🎉

  31. Even stockfish doesn't play like this

  32. When I was 12-13 yo (circa 2000), I learned chess and became obsessed with it during the summer months along with my best friend. We ended up joining a local chess club, where I played "home tournaments" and got rated at 1400. My favorite opening with white was the King's Gambit, I had excellent results with this one and even seasoned casual players were caught off guard by this one. The speed at which you can gain positional dominance with this opening is quite impressive.

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