Trapping white’s queen with Englund’s gambit chess opening.

If white’s first move is queen’s pawn to D4, which is known as the queen’s pawn chess opening, then black can consider trying this queen trap by responding with pawn to E5, which is the Englund’s gambit chess opening. Black riscs a pawn to win white’s queen, but versus casual players, then the reward should be worth the risc.

Pawn to E5 is the Englund’s gambit chess opening.

White takes pawn on D4 and then bishop to C5. This is the prelude to setting the trap.

Bishop to C5 is the prelude to the trap.

White will often respond with knight to F3 or bishop to F4. If white is aware of this trap, white will move knight to C3 and black should abort.

Blacks pawn to D6 sets the trap.
Black’s pawn to D6 sets the trap.

White takes pawn on D6 and then knight to E7. This move should be premoved or moved quickly, so white might think, that black make a mistake, and then take it and attack white’s queen without further speculation.

Blacks knight to E7 is the trick and should be done quickly, so white will think, that black made a mistake, and take it.

Bishop takes pawn on F2. White realizes, that only move is king takes on F2 and loose the queen.

Black takes queen.

Black has lost its queen in this trap in the Englund’s gambit chess opening.

White’s queen has been lost due to black’s queen trap in the Englund’s gambit chess opening.

PGN for this queen trap in the Englund’s gambit chess opening is d4 e5 2. dxe5 Bc5 3. Bf4 d6 4. exd6 Ne7 5. dxe7 Bxf2+ 6. Kxf2 Qxd1.

White is losing at this point, but will have different options, which mainly are attacking the queen and developing pieces. These are some of the possible moves.

Possible moves after queen trap in the Englund gambit chess opening.

I saw this trap on Eric Rosen’s channel on YouTube.

The Italian game chess opening: Strong development.

The Italian game is a basic chess opening, that follows the solid basic principles of chess openings by moving knights before bishops, taking control of the center area of the board and keeping the queen at its initial position, while developing strong positions and keeping an eye on black’s F7, which is a vulnerable spot, only protected by the king.

The Italian game chess opening shares the same initial two moves as the Ruy Lopez chess opening: White begins by moving king’s pawn to E4.

King’s pawn opening.

Black mirrors white’s move by moving pawn to E5. White moves knight to E3.

Knight to E3.

Black moves knight to C3. White takes control of black’s pawn, that is protected by the king, at the vulnerable F7 by moving bishop to C4. These positions is the Italian game chess opening. PGN is 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4.

Bishop to C4. The Italian game chess opening.

The Giuoco piano variant of the Italian game chess opening.

Black moves bishop to C4. This move brings the positions to the Giouco piano variant of the Italian game. PGN is 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5.

The Giuoco piano variant of the Italian game chess opening.

White castles on king side.

The possible moves from Giouco piano variant of the Italian game:

Possible moves from Giuoco piano variant of the Italian game chess opening.

The Sicilian defense chess opening: Black fight for center control.

White begins the game with the “king’s pawn” opening by moving pawn to E4. Blacks immidiately responds with the Sicilian defence chess opening and a fight for center control by moving pawn to C5.

The Sicilian defense chess opening: White moves pawn to E4. Black moves pawn to C4.

This move leads to many opening variants, that can create complex positions. The PGN for the Sicilian defence is 1. d4 c5.

The Sicilian defense chess opening.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense.

One of these variants of the Sicilian defense is the dragon variant. White moves knight to F3. Black immidiately fights for center control and puts pressure on white’s pawn on the E file by moving pawn to D6.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense: White moves knight to F3. Black moves pawn to D6.

White moves pawn to D4. Black takes it by moving pawn to D4.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense: White moves pawn to D4. Black takes it by moving pawn to D4.

White takes pawn by moving knight to D4. Black moves knight to C3.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense: White takes pawn by moving knight to D4. Black moves knight to C3.

White moves knight to C3. Black moves pawn to G6.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense: White moves knight to C3. Black moves pawn to G6.

These positions looks like a dragon. The PGN for the dragon variant of the Sicilian defense is 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense.

White might consider moving bishop to E3, bishop to E2, bishop to C4, pwn to G3 or pawn to E4. Black can move bishop to F2, attack white’s knight by moving knight to C6, attack white’s knight by moving pawn to E5 or move pawn to A6.

The dragon variant of Sicilian defense. Possible moves.

The Najdorf variant of Sicilian defense.

Another variant of the Sicilian chess opening is the Najdorf variant, which is the same as the dragon variant with the exception of the last move: White moves knight to C3 as in the dragon variant. Black moves pawn to A6.

The Najdorf variant of Sicilian defense: White moves knight to C3. Black moves pawn to A6.

The PGN of the Najdorf variant is 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6.

The Najdorf variant of Sicilian defense.

White will often move bishop to E3, bishop to F5, bishop to E2, bishop to C4, pawn to H3 or pawn to F3.

The Najdorf variant of Sicilian defense. White’s possible moves.

You might also want to study the Italian game chess opening.

The Ruy Lopez chess opening: Start attack immidiately.

A well known opening is the Ruy Lopez chess opening. If you do not know much about openings, this one might be worth studying first. I will go through each move, show the final positions of the chess opening and then round off with possible moves from that.

White starts an attack immidiately with “king’s pawn” by moving pawn to E4.

Black mirrors white’s move and moves pawn to D5. White moves knight to F3.

Black moves knight to C3. White attacks by moving bishop to B5.

White has taken control of the center of the board and has prepared to castle at the same time. The PGN for the Ruy Lopez chess opening is 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5.

The Ruy Lopez chess opening.

Blacks might consider attacking white’s bishop by moving pawn to A3. Black might also consider other options.

The Ruy Lopez chess opening: Possible moves.

You might also want to study the Sicilian defense chess opening.

What makes a good chess opening?

The chess board and its 8 ranks, 8 files, 32 pieces and 64 squares gives an enormous amount of possible moves and chess openings. According to the online chess server Lichess, there is more than a thousand named and known chess openings, that is registered by their unique portable game notation (PGN) in the database.

The purpose of a chess opening is to develop strong positions and attacks. This is done by first moving one or more pawns out. Then it is time for knights and bishops to enter the game, because these pieces can attack from behind the pawns and prepares for castling at the same time. If you want to castle, it should be done early at this point. These opening moves concludes a chess opening. The middle game begins.

Bishop to C4. The Italian game chess opening.

The reason, that it is worth studying chess openings is, that many of these moves should be automatic, so you save valuable time, because the moves will be the best known responses to certain moves from your opponent. It might be a good idea to learn a few basic chess openings first and then exploring more advanced chess opening later.

If you would like to begin with a simple, basic and aggressive chess opening, then I recommend my little introduction to the Ruy Lopez chess opening.

How to play chess at Lichess.

There are different types of chess games at Lichess. The type is based on the amount of time, that the players has available on the clock to move their pieces, and, whether the games is rated or not. The classical games play for 25 minutes or more and is the casual game of chess, that beginners will be familiar with. The corresponce games are much longer with up to 14 days per move. The rapid game plays for 8 to 25 minutes. The blitz plays for 3 to 8 minutes. The bullet plays for less than 3 minutes. The ultrabullet plays for less than 30 seconds. You can also learn more about chess by entering the training program, practicing tactics and solving puzzles.

If the game is rated, then the rating will be recorded. If not, then it is just a nice casual game of chess as you know it from the local café. Lichess uses the Glicko 2 ranking system to mathematically determine the rank of each player in the different types of chess games. This is used by the quick pairing feature to match players against each other. The rank will become more and more accurate as you play against other players. The rank is simply a number, where higher means better. You can check the current rank in the different types of chess games in the profile page of yourself and other players. You can also check the general rank distribution for all players and see, how you relate to other players.

The homepage of the open source Lichess chess server. Pure chess. No advertisements.

If you want to challenge a player, that you see on Lichess, you can mouse-over the player name and a pop-up window will present options for you, such as chatting and challenging.

Example of a 10+0 rapid game at Lichess. Players and rankings in top left. Chat in left side. Chess board in the middle. Clock and move history in right side. Black moves queen to D7 checkmate and is victorious.

How about a nice game of chess?

In my effort to keep my brain warmed up for poker, and hopefully be able to win a game of chess at the local café now and then, I signed up for online chess at Lichess, which is a popular free and open source chess server, that is driven by volunteers and donations. You can play chess on the homepage or in the smartphone app.

The chess board at Lichess.

Lichess offers a study program, computer opponents and games vs. friends and other registered chess player opponents. You can review your games, get tips for improvements of your strategy and explore the database of known chess openings.

Feel free to visit my profile, follow me (for friendship) and challenge me for a nice game of chess. I am registered as Micski. I have not played chess since my childhood, so I would estimate my knowledge of chess openings and moves to be at the lower rank. I wrote a little introduction to Lichess and an introduction to chess openings.