A Beginner Lesson in the Stafford Gambit

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In this video, I give a chess lesson in the Stafford Gambit to @GrappLr who is a popular streamer and an avid chess fan. We cover the basic opening strategy and the common tricks and traps that make the Stafford Gambit so much fun. Later, we then team up and play a couple games in the Stafford Gambit against viewers. Check out Grapplr on Twitch and ALthe!

0:00 Introduction to the Stafford Gambit & first moves
3:44 Most Beautiful Stafford Trap (OH NO MY QUEEN)
7:45 Englund Gambit Trap Tangent
8:40 When white doesn't take the queen...
10:10 Simple trap vs f3
10:47 Most common Stafford Trap
16:47 Hikaru stumbled into this trap!
17:50 What Stockfish thinks about the Stafford
19:35 TRAP to PUNISH White's Natural Development
23:09 Best response to the Stafford Gambit?
24:44 Responding to White's Best Line (tricky traps!)
29:06 Move Orders, Transpositions, and more traps
31:32 When White plays an early e5... (even more traps!)
35:06 When White Avoids the Stafford
37:57 Teaming up against a viewer (SWEET TRAP)
41:50 Teaming up against a strong viewer -- responding to an early f3

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  • Musavili Leon
    Musavili LeonDitë më parë

    Casually takes a sip before answering a good question

  • A. Collector
    A. Collector2 ditë më parë

    This is really interesting imma try it out... *10 opponents in a row AVOIDS e4*

  • Remy Buitenhuis
    Remy Buitenhuis3 ditë më parë

    he is only showing the good lines, why most of the time will not happen

  • Fik Shun#4682
    Fik Shun#46824 ditë më parë

    Soooo if White takes Bishop c5 what happens?....cause Bishop c5 is like the main thing lol

  • Supertinymike
    Supertinymike4 ditë më parë

    Happy I’m a Noob so It’s nice to see this

  • Jordan Ker
    Jordan Ker5 ditë më parë

    I think Eric made a blunder at 32:41 . When Eric's bishop at f2 checks white's king, can't white's king just capture Eric's bishop instead of moving forward to e2? That bishop isn't guarded at all

  • Gabriel Chans
    Gabriel Chans6 ditë më parë

    Me: I can't wait to test this openings trap Also me: gets Queen's pawn opened

  • Leonid Knyshov
    Leonid Knyshov9 ditë më parë

    I am tempted to do a blitz speed run with nothing but traps like Stafford and see how high an unnatural rating I could get. :) Thank you Eric.

  • SYK0TiiC
    SYK0TiiC11 ditë më parë

    What is your favorite thing to play as white? Also any good opening gambit for white you'd recommend?

  • Kevin Tony
    Kevin Tony11 ditë më parë

    I just won a game after using some of the moves you showed in this videos! You are a great tutor 😁

  • Piyush Verma
    Piyush Verma12 ditë më parë

    Very Interesting , in video 21:00, what if white move QF3

  • The Anti-Gambit
    The Anti-Gambit12 ditë më parë


  • Andrew B
    Andrew B12 ditë më parë

    What happens if they don't take your knight and they move theirs to D3?

  • SpicySpanishBurito
    SpicySpanishBurito13 ditë më parë

    Pew pew pew haha 😶 (farts in Spanish)

  • NisiiYT
    NisiiYT14 ditë më parë

    33:59 what if white plays.. Bshop to e3?

  • webstartup
    webstartup14 ditë më parë

    awesome video Eric. You're such a great teacher. So humble too.

  • big_boss
    big_boss15 ditë më parë

    @45:03 can't white go with Qc4 check and win black bishop?🤪

  • Remy Buitenhuis
    Remy Buitenhuis15 ditë më parë

    stafford gamnit is trash. Did like 20 games, names was the gambit succesful

  • JUDALATION gamestrodamous
    JUDALATION gamestrodamous15 ditë më parë

    Is this a JOKE? this is your favorite gambit? LOL looks like one of the WORST gambit Ive seen... so are the other ones you use on your vid... the guy says it took 2 hours to get to it? I bet he lost all those games as well... these are terrible gambits that you TEACH PEOPLE NOT TO FALL FOR... NOT USE THEM IN GAMES LOL... Queen gambit accepted is better... look into it... these gambits are trash because its easy to avoid and puts your side at a massive positional disadvantage... if declined... This is loosing all the way around for black 99% of the time SMH...

  • Jasper Halsey

    Jasper Halsey

    5 ditë më parë

    u must be fun at parties…

  • fact
    fact17 ditë më parë

    After Bc5 what is the best reply for Be3..? Exchange our bishops and go for Nh5???

  • Clinton Fischer
    Clinton Fischer17 ditë më parë

    So question: "beginning of the Stafford Gambit position" what do you play if he pushes up the e4 pawn threatening the knight?

  • Hellu
    Hellu17 ditë më parë

    what happenes if QC3?

  • Off Feelings
    Off Feelings19 ditë më parë

    9:46 why not check with queen,king moving away, check with bishop, then you win the queen?

  • YAVUZ Kavak
    YAVUZ Kavak19 ditë më parë

    Nihct gut 👎👎👎👎👎👎👎

  • YAVUZ Kavak
    YAVUZ Kavak20 ditë më parë

    Nihct gut

  • BA Taylor
    BA Taylor20 ditë më parë

    This is the most instructive chess video,… ever

  • Elli Sacks
    Elli Sacks21 ditë më parë

    Is there any way for White to open into a Stafford-like position?

  • Aboo Hamzah
    Aboo Hamzah21 ditë më parë

    What software / app does the presenter use? Thanks

  • Tralx


    20 ditë më parë


  • Matthieu Bordenave
    Matthieu Bordenave21 ditë më parë

    at 45.03 min, white to move, queen C4 wins the bishop, doesn't it ?

  • Christian Andrie Asne
    Christian Andrie Asne22 ditë më parë

    44:46 "Oh no my bishop" after f5 there's Qc4+ check and hitting the bishop

  • Tralx


    20 ditë më parë

    yeah saw it too

  • giorgi lipartashvili
    giorgi lipartashvili22 ditë më parë

    i tried playing Stafford gambit twice. both times after 5.d3 Bc5 white played 6.Be3 and i could not continue. what's next move for black at this position?

  • Beethoven
    Beethoven23 ditë më parë

    I think the stafford is the perfect opening to get someone thinking about complex traps, and how to incorporate them into their other games. So instructional

  • Manipur Chess
    Manipur Chess24 ditë më parë

    nice lecture Mr Eric

  • Tralx
    Tralx24 ditë më parë

    45:01 going f5 is a blunder because of Qc4+ and Qc4xBc5, or am i wrong?

  • Jasper Halsey

    Jasper Halsey

    5 ditë më parë


  • Mephistopheles
    Mephistopheles25 ditë më parë

    I'm back here coz I just memorized 4 lines and I'm on a lump.

  • Mark Taha
    Mark Taha25 ditë më parë

    Please show how to play the stafford when the first move after the set up is the opponent's QF3.. Thanks.

  • Martin McCloskey
    Martin McCloskey25 ditë më parë


  • dAsemaw
    dAsemaw25 ditë më parë

    Excellent video, i enjoyed watching it Thanks.

  • Denis
    Denis25 ditë më parë

    Beautiful 🥰. But i see usually 5 E5 attack my night

  • Ascend Star
    Ascend Star26 ditë më parë

    im just starting to learn chess, and I absolutely love your channel! Keep it up Eric.. stay awesome! ^^

  • Chris Cooke
    Chris Cooke26 ditë më parë

    it ddnt cover move i had against someone, after the gambit then he played bishop E2

  • TheCustomPainter
    TheCustomPainter28 ditë më parë

    Loved watching this! 👍

  • Yogesh Prasad
    Yogesh Prasad29 ditë më parë


  • johnthehappyjohn
    johnthehappyjohnMuaj më parë

    What a load of balony

  • albert sparks
    albert sparksMuaj më parë

    I can’t believe that I didn’t subscribe to your channel. Lol. I’ve been watching before you “changed” your apartment. 😏

  • Coach Williams AKA Dr. Gambit
    Coach Williams AKA Dr. GambitMuaj më parë

    Eric your Awesome; I have a new Gambit to show my students.

  • Francesco Guerrieri
    Francesco GuerrieriMuaj më parë

    I just played this for the first time against a friend of mine. He played literally every move as you explain in your video. Needless to say he got destroyed. 😂 Thank you for your wonderful lessons and videos Eric! 🙏

  • Vijae K
    Vijae KMuaj më parë

    Hi Mr Eric sir, do you teach chess 1 to 1 classes ? do let me know sir

  • b9humor
    b9humorMuaj më parë

    I tested this opening with a 2100 player and as White he played the d3 defense followed by Be2 nexturn. What does Black do then? Q is protected by R so B-sac on f2 doesn't work and Ng4 fails to BxN. On 2nd game, White played the f3 defense and after Black played Nh5, White played g3 immediately so what does Black do then? We played both games to the end and I never had any kind of advantage.

  • shazux
    shazuxMuaj më parë

    you did not talk about the situation where white after d3 and Bc5 plays Be3? how does this end to a nice situation?

  • jep ulis
    jep ulisMuaj më parë

    Good videos. Fun learning chess by playing this and ponziani only :D

  • Yash Ajmera
    Yash AjmeraMuaj më parë

    What will be the blacks move when White takes knight xc6 Black takes knight with pawn dxc6 white plays e5 Black plays knight to e4 White plays knight to c3

  • キラーサイコ
    キラーサイコMuaj më parë

    I tried playing chess and now I'm invested to it

  • D C
    D CMuaj më parë

    I just ran my first Stafford Gambit! Worked like a boss! Thanks for the great lesson Eric Rosen.

  • Whoosh
    WhooshMuaj më parë

    10:10 what if after Nh5, white replies with g4? 32:12 if white goes f3/ Qe2?

  • Plato' Pratt
    Plato' PrattMuaj më parë

    How about white queen e2? Best move with black?

  • Prof. Muh
    Prof. MuhMuaj më parë

    My stupidest Schap program does not play the opening for Stanford. Normal players know this and avoid it as well. It doesn't work!

  • Grant Gleeson
    Grant GleesonMuaj më parë

    Fantastic video! Informative and Erik's voice and patience are also very soothing.

  • Philosophy Man
    Philosophy ManMuaj më parë

    "Hm I think ima go try this out" *opponent moves differently round 2

  • Phidy Bee
    Phidy BeeMuaj më parë

    Tried 1st time just now, got the win, he didn't fall for any of your early traps though, after d7 x knight he played knight c3 & after bshp c5 he played h3, and things got slow but I gota say i really like how I got my bishops baring down on whites king, tbf in the end he blundered a knight and that was a great help,not sure it would have gone that way against Hikaru

  • Phidy Bee
    Phidy BeeMuaj më parë

    Ok so I've been having success recently with the Petrov so have to give the stafford a go

  • Aaron Barlow
    Aaron BarlowMuaj më parë

    I always get NC3 after 4..d5xN which after Bg5 pin prevents Nxe4 and the cool queen sac trap as N can then take e4, so annoying, I'm so desperate to get that trap that I don't play an early ng4 soon after his Nc3, I castle letting him play Bg5 and the Nx34 sac is off the table :(

  • Zacmrd
    ZacmrdMuaj më parë

    Only watching this so I have a response as white 😂

  • Eric GrandEril
    Eric GrandErilMuaj më parë

    Interesting to watch, but never works when you try ) Especially with amount of engine users nowadays

  • antonis ventouris
    antonis ventourisMuaj më parë

    32:30 why can't the king take the bishop?

  • Jasper Halsey

    Jasper Halsey

    5 ditë më parë

    White loses the Queen

  • Freelancer Converse
    Freelancer ConverseMuaj më parë

    Ok let’s practice, Ooops this guy is a strong player made for defending Stafford lol. Great lessons I’m gonna practice.

  • ProudIndian_madhvi
    ProudIndian_madhviMuaj më parë

    Thanks so much

  • Rayaan Vivaan
    Rayaan VivaanMuaj më parë

    stafford op

  • Smart Idiot
    Smart IdiotMuaj më parë

    I finally figured out why I’ve encountered this line so many times on Lichess, because of this charlatan Rosen selling this losing line to his noob and patzer followers! Understand this: if you play this against someone who’s prepared as white, you’re not just a little worse, you are much worse and basically lost, and instead of getting a ‘crushing attack’, you’ll be receiving a tap dance all over your face.

  • KIM Birch
    KIM BirchMuaj më parë

    why doesnt white play pawn d4 after pawn takes knight ?

  • Helene Fageot
    Helene FageotMuaj më parë

    What to do if in move 6 the white put bishop on e3 insteed of g5 ? Thanks for the video !

  • Carl Darbyshire
    Carl DarbyshireMuaj më parë

    Thank you for putting this on ALthe Eric. This is brilliant.

  • Lalit
    LalitMuaj më parë

    what are u supposed to do if they dont capture your knight on c6?? cuz when i did the gambit in tournament no one captured my knight on c6

  • Homie Cesar
    Homie CesarMuaj më parë

    I have literally no BS played this opening 10 times back to back and have been checkmated in some cases almost instantly 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • DramaChess
    DramaChessMuaj më parë

    patut di coba di terpkan di main catur darat, jebakan mautnya bikin musuh terbelalak

  • 3DCGdesign
    3DCGdesignMuaj më parë

    26:59 pawn F4 here is illegal because the black bishop keeps it pinned to protect the king from check (comment for us noobs who are confused)

  • child selfie
    child selfieMuaj më parë

    Nice trap

  • Brian Alley
    Brian AlleyMuaj më parë

    Just got an easy checkmate qith this gambit qow is all I can say, thank you for teaching these gambit moves, made my game so much better

  • Avneet Bhargava
    Avneet BhargavaMuaj më parë

    What if white plays king bishop pawn connecting his advanced king pawn

  • Dark Reputation
    Dark ReputationMuaj më parë

    Is there a trap after accepting the gambit if the opponent plays queen e2?

  • Darryl Woodford
    Darryl WoodfordMuaj më parë

    Hey Eric I am a beginner and I am trying the Stafford and I am seeing white play qf3 for the first move after opening and it has me stumped. Also seeing be2

  • David Enoch
    David EnochMuaj më parë

    in the game that you played and reviewed, white played d4 (after ... f5which was a good move but what about Qc4+ ? doesn't that pick up the bishop? I admit i am just looking at the video and havent pulled out the chess board, but I don't see how you save the bishop or what the counter is.

  • Malcolm Robinson Jr.
    Malcolm Robinson Jr.Muaj më parë

    Do someone knows how to produce the layout effect of this video?

  • mad-dog's-mad-house
    mad-dog's-mad-houseMuaj më parë

    Lose trying this shit every time

  • Romulo Jr Pilongo
    Romulo Jr PilongoMuaj më parë

    Need to memorize this one it's so tricky...👍👍

  • Prof. Muh
    Prof. MuhMuaj më parë

    Stanford-Gam can be shared blindly & advantages gained. That's why it's only for beginners like Schäfermatt: Sorry - waste of time!

  • Peter Ritchie
    Peter RitchieMuaj më parë

    I gambit sleep to watch this stuff.

  • Mr. Tarrasque
    Mr. Tarrasque2 muaj më parë

    please write a book on this gambit

  • Moja Hjoma
    Moja Hjoma2 muaj më parë

    this is my subscribing button

  • Ferdinand Helbing
    Ferdinand Helbing2 muaj më parë

    Life can be so wonderful assuming the opponents are all idiots... but that's boring and mediocre!

  • Herman Dzhugas
    Herman Dzhugas2 muaj më parë

    Hey, Eric. Can u show, please the strategy after white's e5, 5th move. Thanks for your content, you're great

  • Ferdinand Helbing

    Ferdinand Helbing

    2 muaj më parë

    e5 is the normal move to destroy all this bs here.... a spoiler LOL

  • Adam Rubinson
    Adam Rubinson2 muaj më parë

    This is garbage. Black is completely lost after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nc6 4. Nxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bc5 6. Be2 h5 7. c3.

  • Ferdinand Helbing

    Ferdinand Helbing

    2 muaj më parë


  • Atwros
    Atwros2 muaj më parë

    Yeah i think u need to get the c and the d with these shitty gampits ruining the game, time to end it mate

  • Pop In Stock
    Pop In Stock2 muaj më parë

    I tried this gambit in my recent games. Everything is under control during the first few moves but at one point the opponent makes a move not explained here .. boom, I fall in panic mode and crawl under the bed.

  • shanastro skyphazer
    shanastro skyphazer2 muaj më parë

    I get it !! Black uses his Queens surplus toy boy knight to lure away Whites best Kings defending Knight. note... less white pieces are able to block Blacks pressure on the white King. What pieces are good at blocking pressure !? That's right ... you got it ! of course the knights. So dont get lured .. your not a fish.

  • chris
    chris2 muaj më parë

    I played about 50 games and nobody has gone into the Stafford

  • Ferdinand Helbing

    Ferdinand Helbing

    2 muaj më parë

    LOL it's pretty hard to find an idiot who misses e4 to e5 in order to beat the shit out of black. But still we are reaching a million views of this utter bs...

  • Samer Baslan
    Samer Baslan2 muaj më parë

    17:36 GODS DO BLEED

  • Advaith R
    Advaith R2 muaj më parë

    Why didn't white play Queen C4 at 55:29 ? Check and an unguarded bishop....

  • sindhuja alagarsamy
    sindhuja alagarsamy2 muaj më parë

    Hi Eric Thanks for video. E4 e5 Nf3 nf6 Bd3 how black could play? Please do explain this line.

  • Mernel Beqaraj
    Mernel Beqaraj2 muaj më parë

    04:00 What if white plays Bd3? How should Black respond to that?

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