Albin Counter-Gambit

albin counter gambit

The Albin Counter-Gambit is a hyper aggressive defense for black against the ever so popular queens gambit from white.

1. d4 d5
2. c4 e5

Black gives up his pawn on e5 so that his d pawn can be nicely placed on d4. This pawn is a huge thorn in the side of white and there are many trap that come from the Albin Counter-Gambit that white has to be on the lookout for. One of the most common traps in the Albin Counter-Gambit is the Lasker Trap which punishes white if he tries to attack the pawn on d4 with e3.

This opening will immediately take a queens gambit player out of his element and gives black many fighting chances. If you are a very aggressive player, especially with black, then you definitely need to learn this opening. For all those queen’s gambit players, this is also good to know as your opponent may throw this at you at any time.

Click the video below to watch a detailed explanation on the Albin Counter-Gambit.

Famous Games using the Albin Counter Gambit

A Karu vs Keres, 1931

Dodge vs J R Houghteling, 1904

I Sokolov vs Morozevich, 2005

H Wagner vs W Schoenmann, 1919

Lasker vs Alekhine, 1914

Spassky vs V Mikenas, 1959