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Heinrich Silbermann vs Honich
Czernowitz (1930)
Englund Gambit Complex: Englund Gambit (A40)  ·  0-1



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Oct-10-03  Helloween: The famous Englund swindle mate in action.
Oct-11-03  Yuri54: Anytime i used to play this gambit, even if i ended up with a gain in material, i eventually lost the game. I tend to stay away from this opening, with the exception that i'm bored and i feel like getting my but whipped by a computer. This curse is worse than the Boston Red Sox and Babe Ruth, jeez now i feel bad.
Feb-22-05  raydot: Worth remembering, seems like a good game to use on Yahoo! or Pogo chess.
Aug-13-09  LIFE Master AJ: added it
Aug-13-09  LIFE Master AJ: The above comment was ... perhpas lazy. See the page, Game Collection: Quick K.O.'s / Opening Traps, for what I am talking about.
Jan-21-13  newzild: Even 7. Qxa1 wins the exchange and a pawn.
Feb-11-13  jancotianno: Haha, I've had this mate as black... twice!
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  FSR: Everyone who's played the Englund Gambit has played this exact game. Anyone who's played the Englund Gambit with some frequency has played it multiple times.
Apr-08-17  Everyone: <Everyone> who's played the Englund Gambit exclusively has played it umpteen times.
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  Ziryab: I've crushed the Englund Gambit repeatedly, but sadly I also have played the White side of this game more times that I care to recall.
Jun-27-19  sea7kenp: Ouch!
Aug-10-19  Infohunter: I never have played this from either side. Maybe I ought to try it as Black sometime.
Aug-11-19  Granny O Doul: A victim of this trap once wrote a letter to Chess Life asking about it, mentioning that his opponent told him it was the "Garbage Gambit". That can't have been much consolation to learn.
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This game was played by Heinrich Silbermann.

He finished last at <Czernowitz (Cerenauti) 1930>, scoring +0-9=1 (1930).

Gino Di Felice, "Chess Results 1921-1930" (McFarland 2000), p. 269.

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  louispaulsen88888888: I used to catch people with this all the time. Now it seems like everyone is up to the dodge. So I don’t try it anymore.
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  Messiah: Ouch!
Jul-23-23  generror: My first encounter as White with the Englund Gambit looked pretty much like this. The second time, I just lost my rook. But I was sure that this couldn't possibly be sound, so I analyzed this with an engine and lo! there was <6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Rb1 Qa3 8.Nd5!> (D). A day later, someone tried the trap in a Blitz game and amazingly I remembered the moves. He on the other hand obviously had no idea what to do, blundered on for two more moves and resigned on move 10 (although he was only down an exchange, which is nothing in Blitz).

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Also this made me realize that many people in online chess get pretty high ratings just by knowing a few traps, but nothing else. So lame!

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  OhioChessFan: I recommend 3. e4 for an easy game.
Jul-24-23  generror: Sure, but even though I don't like tactical positions, White can and should do much better. And it's incredibly satisfactory to let Black fall into their own unsound traps :)
Jul-24-23  generror: There's also another trap that goes <2...Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.exd6 Ne7!? 5.dxe7?? Bxf2+ 6.Kxf2 Qxd1>. (Yes, I have fallen into that one too :)

You can best defuse the trap by playing <3.Nc3>. Hilariously, Black will often not realize that this protects your queen and play the exact same moves, and after <7.Nxd1> White is up two pieces.

I do like the Englund Gambit with White, so many easy victories once you know it consists of only unsound traps :) I'd call it the Crappy Trappy Defense.

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