Colorado Gambit | The Refutation

Dear ChessMood Family, dear friends, welcome to the course "Colorado Gambit".

About This Course

The Colorado Gambit is an aggressive gambit that arises from the Nimzowitsch Defense. After 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 – black makes the surprise move 2. f5?!

While the move is dubious, if you’re not sure how to react to it and don’t know how to avoid the traps, you can definitely find yourself in trouble very quickly!

Black’s main idea is to exchange their f5 pawn with White’s e4 pawn, gain the center and use the “f” half-open line for their rook. If achieved, this can lead to a quick attack and a very pleasant game.

Luckily there’s a problem. When Black plays 2.f5?!, they weaken their king and the h5-e8 diagonal. Additionally, they weaken their control over the highly important e5 square, and can end up with a backward “e” pawn.

This course will teach you a very easy way to take the initiative and refute the Colorado Gambit. While there are various options that White could play, our choice is easy to remember, and will teach you a key positional concept that can be applied to many future games.

After 2...f5, we will take the pawn with 3.ef5. Black then plays 3.d5 after which we’ll play 4.Bb5! We give back the f5 pawn, in order to slowly torture our opponent and win the game positionally.

In the course, we’ll show you the correct moves and move order, teach you the key concepts, and show you how to convert your winning advantage with the help of some model games. Ready? Let’s go!

Additional reading: You may also find it useful to click here and read our introductory article about the Colorado Gambit.


About Coach

GM Avetik Grigoryan
Name GM Avetik Grigoryan
Title GrandMaster
Rating 2568

In 2010 Avetik won Armenian National Championship and joined their national team.

After 2 years he stopped playing chess professionally and started coaching career.
Now he is the coach and the second of more than 10 GMs, co-author of video courses "Right Mood Openings", and the author of the book "Right Mood - Right Move"  which will be published soon. 

In 2018 he founded ChessMood.  

What do you think about this course?


Artyom Manukyan
6 months ago
Franck steenbekkers
2 months ago
sasmi sithumsa
2 months ago
I really like your courses!