The Budapest Gambit | Chess Openings Explained

National Master Julian Proleiko goes over the Budapest Gambit, a defense against 1.d4. Lines are explored from least to most popular.

Rauf Mamedov vs. Shakriyar Mamedyarov, 2011: A52 Budapest, Adler variation

Pavel Eljanov vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Tal Memorial (Blitz) (2008): A52 Budapest, Rubinstein variation

Radoslaw Wojtaszek vs Baadur Jobava, Tata Steel Group B (2014): A52 Budapest, Rubinstein variation

Loek van Wely vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, ESP-chT (2004): A52 Budapest, Rubinstein variation

Alexander Moiseenko vs Dmitrij Scerbin, Russian Team Championships (2011): A52 Budapest, Rubinstein variation

Igor Kovalenko vs. Vladislav Kovalev, 2014: A52 Budapest, Rubinstein variation

Baskaran Adhiban vs Pavel Ponkratov, World Blitz Championship (2015): A52 Budapest, Rubinstein variation

Erwin L’Ami vs Robin Swinkels, Dutch Championship (2011): A52 Budapest, Rubinstein variation

Anatoly Karpov vs Nigel Short, m/1, Linares 54/58 (Karpov,An (1992): A52 Budapest, Rubinstein variation

Vassily Ivanchuk vs Nigel Short, Monaco blind (1993): A52 Budapest, Rubinstein variation

Levon Aronian vs Vassily Ivanchuk, World Championship Candidates (2013): A52 Budapest, Adler variation

Ding Liren vs Zhao Jun, Chinese Championship (2014): A52 Budapest, Rubinstein variation


  1. Julian says e4 is not critical meanwhile White scores 54% (!!!) of the games from this position. And after 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. e4 Nxe5 5. f4 Nec6 we are not forced to play Be3 by any means. We simply go with 6. Nc3 and if 6…Bc5 we go for 7. Na4 attacking the bishop. After 7…Bb4+ 8. Kf2 White is fine. Stockfish says + 0.7 and the database says White scores 75% percent of the games from this position.Either Julian did not do his research correctly or I have made an mistake doing mine. Even Sam Shankland recommends this line in his 1.d4 chessable course and I think we can trust him on this matter. All in all I think this line is indeed critical and absolutely playable!

  2. 10:48 After a excruciating silence from the audience for what seems an eternity, Julian looks at the camera as if to say, C'mon people, are you kidding me right now?

  3. You and i remember budapest very differently.

  4. The position at 26:18 after Nc3 is better than the Nbd2 positional line, according to modern theory

  5. That weird feeling at 10:37 when I say to myself "Nd3#" and then a few seconds later the guys talks to me : "I know you know at home"

  6. Very good lecture, but please not so fast next time )

  7. really nice lecture!! I play the Budapest myself for a few months now, but definitely still learned a few things from the lesson.

  8. 50 Minutes into a 1 hour video:
    "There is where the main line is. This is where you should start your analysis."
    Oh thank you very much bro… lol 🙂

  9. Nice lecture as always 2 questions and a request… 1. You plan on going back to the Sicilian and covering anti with whites c3 I believe its called the alpine variation 2. Could you please cover gm play of the Catalan… comment: I love all of the hosts but where is the very descriptive Jonathan Shrantz and the unpredictable comedian Finegold (although I believe finegold is running his show in atlanta according to his videos)

  10. give this dude more lectures please!

  11. nice video
    can you do the petrov defense and Queen's Indian Defense please

  12. Damn, this was a goood video! Still a question though, in the Bf4 g5 line, why so many great players let h5 or even h6 happen. They are kind of obvious moves, so there might be a reason to not play the optimal choice no?

  13. At 1:15 or so we come to the comment, "Ne4 is not a good move." The line given to refute 3. … Ne4, which is also known as the Fajarowicz variation, is 1. d4 Nf6, 2. c4 e5 3. d4 x e5 Ne4 4. Nf3 Bb4+ 5. Nbd2…" But there is a better line for Black than 4 … Bb4+, beginning 4. … Nc6. I would look into this alternative before agreeing that Ne4 is a "bad move." Here's the Nc6 line for Black: 1. d4 Nf6, 2. c4 e5 3. d4 x e5 Ne4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. e3 Bb4+ 6. Nbd2 Qe7 7. Bd3 Ne4xNd2 8. Bxd2 Nxe5 9. Nxe5 Bxd2+ 10. Qxd2 QxNe5. Black achieves equality and has chances for a win after d6, b6, Bb7. Tactics in the Fajarowicz are quite interesting, as you can see in a Kindle book dedicated to the topic on Amazon. I have no financial interest in this pamphlet, I'm just sayin' it's interesting. Ultimately I think the Fajarowicz loses to best play, but in blitz, the prepared player will quickly smash White. The tactics are diabolical.

  14. Thanks! I'm looking for a fun response to 1.d4, and I think I've found it!

  15. I would prefer to read him than listen to him. He goes really fast and he's not strong in audience interaction. Also, his style is really technical, which again seems better to me on paper than spoken

  16. Very strong player but teaching isn't your thing. You'll make a great grandmaster oneday thou.

  17. youre moving too fast for beginners and as a result im uncomfortable watching your vids. please slow down, youre teaching BEGINNERS, remember?

  18. These players aren't ready for opening study in depth if they can't see a mate in one.

  19. Very interesting, good lines coverage and well explained.

  20. Maybe you know the gambit, but you don't know how to teach.

  21. Good content and analysis. Overly hasty, confusing and at times, unclear in the presentation however.

  22. A preposterous way of showing a Black gambit — sitting White at the bottom of the board . A ridiculous old time chess lessons quirk of CCSCSL. What a pity.

  23. Very late to the party but after reading all these comments (a fair amount of them being negative unfortunately), I have to say I really enjoyed the speed, pace and style of the lecture. Very technical with many different lines but that's what makes it complete. It's not the most enthusiastic lecture but it's extremely to the point. Good job Julian!

  24. Too much interaction with the audience makes for an extremely slow video for the viewers at home. At least Seirawan is so likeable one is willing to put up with it. These type of videos should be edited to speed them up and show some respect to the Youtube audience.

  25. Wish they would get the board orientation right when doing black openings.

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