Stafford Gambit? No, It does not work for Black

by GM Andrey Gutov

I stumbled across a chess video in YouTube which has 300K views (As of Oct 31, 2020) titled “The Trappiest Opening in Chess“.

The game from the YouTube video starts as a Petrov’s defense, but instead of classical move 3. ..d6 (the main line), black plays 3…Nc6?! ( diagram below; 4th most played move according to Chessbase, with a 61.6% score), that initiates the Stafford Gambit. Despite the opening evaluation in favor of white, this opening is full of traps that White can easily fall into. However, if played correctly White has a very pleasant advantage without any risk.

Black Plays 3). …Nc6, Stafford Gambit

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