ChessMood 5 months ago

NEW ARTICLE: Stafford Gambit | The Refutation
Hey Champions!

We have this topic in our Blog:


If you have any questions, comments or you just liked it, feel free to share your thoughts here.


Richard Dickinson

Richard Dickinson 5 months ago

Thanks coach.Great article & analysis (better than my own! I had decided on 5.Nc3 but now will probably switch to 5.d3). Keep up the good work! Best wishes ;-)
Kevin D

Kevin D 5 months ago

Excellent Blog posting, and I would just advise that ChessMood members stick to Sensei's primary recommendation 7.h3 instead of 7.c3 and here is why: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Nxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bc5 6.Be2 h5 7.c3 Ng4 8.d4 Qh4 9.g3 Qf6 10.f3 h4 11.Rg1 hxg3 12.hxg3 Rh2 13.dxc5 Be6 14.Qd4 Bc4!! Exclams for the shock value 15.Bxc4 Ne5 with a mess. Stockfish will show a near winning advantage for White here, but the game is by no means over and this is the type of position we should seek to avoid once simpler solutions exist. See the following Link for more details on the amazing position above: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6miHXytFWQ
The Blog also mentioned that those interested in the Black side of the Stafford will need to take into account move-orders that serve to bypass it, such as the Scotch Four Knights. However in the case of the Scotch Four Knights, Black can still try to tempt us into Stafford Waters, as I have seen Eric Rosen do following: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bc5!! [For effect] intending 4.Nxe5 Nc6 now we will have to employ the secondary refutation as also outlined in the Blog.

Happy hunting. :-) 

David Flynn

David Flynn 5 months ago

Indeed. Exactly the sort of position a caveman would be happy in, objectively not good, but so many places to go wrong and miss some flashy tactic.
GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 5 months ago

Kevin, super!! :) 
Flávio Nunes

Flávio Nunes 4 months ago


Nakamura refuted the gambit against Eric Rosen