The 7 WORST Chess Openings (According To Stockfish)

I searched 500 pages of the book Unorthodox Chess Openings to find these 7 openings which are extremely bad, according to stockfish.

Timestamps:
0:00 – Intro
0:41 – Senechaud Countergambit
3:39 – Mosquito Gambit
5:41 – Matovinsky Gambit
11:45 – Orsini Gambit
14:21 – Frederico Variation
17:09 – Jerome Gambit
20:11 – Tumbleweed/Drunken King

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500 Comments

  1. In regards of the Matovinsky gambit, after the pawn takes the knight and checks the king forcing him to move, wouldn't queen to D5 be the best move? Forking the rook and the king.

  2. Really good video. As a lower Elo player you get caught up in these weird openings a fair bit and I find it easy to panic or rush into making a killer move.

    Good advice to take stock and in the absence of a guaranteed quick mate just go for normal development,

    Thanks Nelson.

  3. 1 h4 is one of my favorites. I've won a queen several times because they think my pawn is hanging with check. If they move thier king pawn I take the center with rook and queen. It falls apart quickly against many moves but it is fun to watch them squirm from not knowing any theory.

  4. So basically all these openings are tricks that either work great or lose on the spot

  5. According stockfish which one was the most draw opening

  6. Plz evaluation some very common traps, to see if the trap was actually a good move or terrible one…

  7. this is cool I ve face a couple of this variation and althoughyou know you are better in quick games is sometimes tricky to find out how to punish them

  8. jerome's in the house, i said jerome's in the house, i said jerome's in the house, in the house, in the house…WATCH YOUR MOUTH.

  9. There is a 2003 version by the same author. But you got most of it from Thai video.

  10. the idea of guessing the position evaluation in centipawn value according to stockfish is really awesome! This makes me think about openings in another way

  11. I once had a pro chess players king stun locked. Would have been a draw but they had one white line bishop. It was blocked by his own 4 pawns.I play mega annoying, I just supported my pawns with a rook and got most pieces back and didn’t put an end to his suffering until he forfeit

  12. What about the Jerome Gambit? What's it evaluation?

    Edit: Nice!!! I commented before seeing the whole video. Great choice!

  13. Why is Orsini a gambit? You can't even take the g6 pawn.

  14. The lichess engine has actually trotted out the Orsinni gambit against me at a low difficulty level while I was trying to drill bullet tactics

  15. I'm surprised that you didn't sort it from the β€œbest” to the really worst.

  16. An interesting thing about some of these bad gambit is the precision required to refute them. I guess the age of stockfish has also weakened them as everyone can now quickly learn the precise sequence of moves to refute them.

  17. can’t wait to play these on my alt! sad no brussels gambit though (e4 c5 nf3 f5)

  18. Magnus carlsen playing 1f3 against duda just saying 'i literally dont care'

  19. Just back – great video, no wonder the YouTube algorithm is pushing it strong and views are skyrocketing!

  20. What about Magnus Carlson’s move one with white in Oslo Tournament – F3 πŸ˜‚

  21. The Jerome Gambit is more viable in Bughouse.
    (Although I prefer to delay 3. Bxf7+ by one move with 3. d4 exd4 4. Bxf7+)

  22. Thank you please do more of these worse list!

  23. Fools mate: I miss the part where that's my problem.

  24. Drunken king is really just bongcloud version 2

  25. the drunken king? I love it already! πŸ˜€

  26. Does the Orisini gambit come from the prince of Orsini, who was a renowned sailor from Venice in the mid XVIth century ?

  27. Ah the Jerome Gambit. Older Chessbrah viewers will have already heard of this one πŸ˜€

  28. I stopped watching after Senechaud… I mean, you didn't explain what was Black's goal.

  29. Fun video, how much of the book can you debunk like this?
    "The best way to refute a gambit is to accept it" (Steinitz, Capablanca, Bronstein and friends)

  30. COOL DAD Κ•β€’α΄₯β€’Κ” says:

    Someone used the mosquito gambit against me when i was newer, I think he checked mate me with help of the black bishop. After i saw it again I researched it and stopped all attacks rather quickly. I haven't seen it in over a year, but every once in awhile i see it

  31. The Damiano gambit, when accepted, is also +4. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6? 3.Nxe5! fxe5 and White forces the win of a rook in like 10 moves.

  32. I think it was very interesting! It wasn't too long, it was educational, and also I think the idea is great too, to show us some old concepts and letting stockfish to judge it. I enjoyed it pretty much!

  33. I one time lost a game to the tumbleweed after

    1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Kf2 Qh4+ 4. g3 fxg3+ 5. Kg2 gxh2 6. Nf3 Qxe4 7. Bd3 Qe7 8. Re1

  34. I like your videos but I would like them even better if there was an evaluation bar as you show variations.

  35. The drunken king variation is just a fancy bongcloud

  36. The Drunken King is actually really fun to play, and I've beaten high rated players with it. White, with seemingly random moves, invites black's queen to remove all the king's pawns, after which 4 of whites pieces are free to chase the queen around the board. If black isn't careful, queen traps are possible, along with knight forks and other mayhem. And black usually isn't careful and goes for the quickest mate. Of course it's total garbage, but when you beat a decent player with it, it's really funny.

  37. 24 years later, Stockfish vindicates Tony Miles.

  38. Great concept, thanks! Would like to see more like this. (Suggestion: Maybe try a fixed depth for the evals, like 30.)

  39. i dont know why but for some reason this video has made my chess better

    the rationales you give for why these openings are so bad was helpful

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