Stafford Gambit | The Refutation

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

About This Course

Out of all the Abracadabra Gambits you may face, the Stafford Gambit is objectively the worst yet practically the best

Heavily popularized by streamers and YouTubers such as Eric Rosen, the Stafford Gambit is full of tricks and traps that make it very dangerous for White to face if they’re unprepared.

From the opening, (1. e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5, Nc6?!) Black gambits a pawn in order to open up their Bishops and Queen, with the idea of starting an aggressive attack.

The good news? If White knows how to play correctly, then Black ends up in a completely lost position. And luckily for you, this is exactly what you’ll learn from this course.

While there are a few ways that the Stafford Gambit can be refuted, we found that the easiest way is simply to accept the Gambit and follow it up with the move 5.d3. As Black typically places their Bishop on c5, the move 5.d3 helps to win tempos and gain the center with c3 and d4 coming!

Not only do you end up with an extra pawn, but strategically you have a completely winning position – without having to memorize many moves.

During the course, we’ll show you move-by-move the full refutation of the Stafford Gambit. You’ll see all the traps you need to avoid, Black’s tricky ideas, and some model games to help you understand how to convert your winning position. 

Additional reading: You may also find it useful to click here and read our introductory article about the Stafford Gambit, which explains the history behind it, traps, ideas, and alternative refutations.


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?


Shahinur Haque
7 months ago
I was just waiting for this as because in my last tournament i faced few problem with this. Thanks
Mateo Jackson
7 months ago
Vrej Arshakyan
7 months ago
Nad Petre
6 months ago
Excellent explanations, clear and concise lines.
Artyom Manukyan
6 months ago
Prasanth T
5 months ago