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In this video, I give a chess lesson in the Stafford Gambit to @GrappLr who is a popular streamer and an avid chess fan. We cover the basic opening strategy and the common tricks and traps that make the Stafford Gambit so much fun. Later, we then team up and play a couple games in the Stafford Gambit against viewers. Check out Grapplr on Twitch and YouTube!
0:00 Introduction to the Stafford Gambit & first moves
3:44 Most Beautiful Stafford Trap (OH NO MY QUEEN)
7:45 Englund Gambit Trap Tangent
8:40 When white doesn’t take the queen…
10:10 Simple trap vs f3
10:47 Most common Stafford Trap
16:47 Hikaru stumbled into this trap!
17:50 What Stockfish thinks about the Stafford
19:35 TRAP to PUNISH White’s Natural Development
23:09 Best response to the Stafford Gambit?
24:44 Responding to White’s Best Line (tricky traps!)
29:06 Move Orders, Transpositions, and more traps
31:32 When White plays an early e5… (even more traps!)
35:06 When White Avoids the Stafford
37:57 Teaming up against a viewer (SWEET TRAP)
41:50 Teaming up against a strong viewer — responding to an early f3
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