The Queen’s Gambit

Albin Countergambit

How To Reach It

The Albin Countergambit is a chess opening that begins with the following moves:

  1. d4 d5
  2. c4 e5
  3. dxe5 d4

See these moves played out below:

Why play the Albin Countergambit

In the Albin Countergambit, Black lets White take a pawn with the idea of pushing his d pawn one square forward.

That way this pawn can be used as a wedge for Black’s counter attack.

White’s Moves

Castle Kingside to Protect the King

Normally in the Albin Countergambit, White castles kingside to protect his King, While black castles Queenside.

Protect Pawn using Kingside Knight

The job of this knight is to defend the pawn on e5.

So black normally tries to remove the defender of this pawn with his bishop.

So black normally tries to remove the defender of this pawn with his bishop.

So what White does, is place his other Knight so in case of an exchange, the pawn on e5 is still defended.

Replace Kingside Knight with Queenside Knight in case of trade

Typically Black will place his light squared bishop and try to trade it off for White’s kingside knight.

With the idea of getting rid of the defender for the e5 pawn.

So if we White places his Queenside knight on d2, even if his Knight on f3 is traded off…

The Knight on d2 can just take its place.

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Place bishop on long square diagonal

So typically, White will place his bishop on this long diagonal.

The idea being to attack Black’s Queenside when Black castles that way.

Black’s moves

Castle Queenside to Protect the King

Normally in the Albin Countergambit, White castles kingside to protect his King, While black castles Queenside.

Attack White’s e pawn using Queen Knight

The job of White’s knight is to defend the pawn on e5. Black’s job is to attack and put pressure on this e5 pawn.

This is normally done with Blacks Queen’s Knight. With enough pressure, from enough pieces, this e5 pawn can fall.

Try and exchange bishop for White’s knight

Typically Black should exchange his light squared bishop and try to trade it off for White’s kingside knight if he gets a chance.

The idea of getting rid of the defender for the e5 pawn.

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