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Budapest Gambit Guide

Budapest Gambit Guide

The Budapest Gambit is a chess opening for black that starts with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5. Black gives away one of their central pawns in exchange for rapid development and attack. In many variations black will get that pawn back. The Budapest is one of the trickiest gambits due to the high number of traps involved. White needs to be very careful not to fall for a devastating tactic. The Budapest Gambit is not seen often at elite level. Itís a surprise weapon that is more common at club level.

Budapest Gambit moves

Main Ideas in the Budapest Gambit

The main strategic fight in the Budapest Gambit happens over the e5 pawn. Black will try to gain it back, which they will easily accomplish in most of the lines. White has the possibility to try to hold on to that extra pawn or to quickly let it go and give priority to their piece development and pawn structure. Letís check out some of the most played lines and variations of the Budapest Gambit.

Most Played Moves in the Budapest Gambit

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5

Budapest Gambit moves

These are the defining moves of the Budapest Gambit.

3.dxe5 Ng4

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White takes the pawn and black immediately tries to get it back.

4.Nf3 Bc5

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White defends the pawn. Black develops a piece, eying the f2 square.

5.e3 Nc6

Budapest Gambit moves

White avoids the B+K battery on the f2 pawn. Black develops their other knight to try to capture the e5 pawn.

6.Be2 Ngxe5

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White is ready to castle short. Black finally gets the pawn back.

7.O-O O-O

Budapest Gambit moves

8.Nc3 Re8

Budapest Gambit moves

9.Nxe5 Nxe5

Budapest Gambit moves

Development is almost complete for both sides.

Kieninger Trap

The Kieninger Trap is one of the most devastating tactics in the Budapest Gambit.

It is easily avoidable, but it can happen if white is not careful.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4

Budapest Gambit moves

4.Bf4 Nc6

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5.Nf3 Bb4+

Budapest Gambit moves

6.Nbd2 Qe7

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7.a3 Ngxe5

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White threatens to take the bishop on b4, but black has other plans in mind and simply takes the e5 pawn.

8.axb4 Nd3#

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White didnít see the mortal trap. Black delivers mate in a crushing fashion.

Alekhine Variation

In the Alekhine Variation of the Budapest Gambit, white doesnít try to defend the e5 pawn and instead plays e4 in order to expand on the center and then play also f4.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4

Budapest Gambit moves

4.e4

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Adler Variation

In the Adler Variation, white decides to hold on to the pawn with 4.Nf3, although not for long. White will develop their pieces naturally.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4

Budapest Gambit moves

4.Nf3

Budapest Gambit moves

Rubinstein Variation

In the Rubinstein Variation, white defends the e5 pawn with the move 4.Bf4.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4

Budapest Gambit moves

Fajarowicz Variation

In the Fajarowicz Variation, black plays 3ÖNe4 instead of 3ÖNg4. With this move, black tries to get a lead in development and exert pressure on whiteís camp.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4

Budapest Gambit moves

Model Games

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Overview

Games on Database: 9740
Last Played: Jun 2024
Overall score:
44.3% 26.5% 29.3%

Played frequently by:

White  
Rainer Siegmund 12 games
Ivan Farago 12 games
Loek Van Wely 10 games
Black  
Evarth Kahn 37 games
Normunds Miezis 34 games
Georg Mohr 28 games

Possible continuations:

3. dxe5  8458
46.4 % 27.3 % 26.3 %
3. d5  631
32 % 20.1 % 47.9 %
3. e3  394
33.8 % 21.1 % 45.2 %
3. Nf3  108
31.5 % 20.4 % 48.1 %
3. Bg5  91
24.2 % 63.7 %
3. Nc3  51
19.6 % 70.6 %
3. e4  2
50 % 50 %
3. a3  2
50 % 50 %