Balogh Gambit Trap

Hello, chess enthusiasts! This is Kevin from the chess website bringing you an intriguing discussion about a very sneaky trap that is set through the Balogh Gambit, a derivative of my favorite, the Budapest Gambit.

A Quick Introduction to the Budapest Gambit


The Budapest Gambit or Defence originates with the moves 1.d4 where Black responds with Knight to f6. Just to give some perspective, as a player who likes to play e4, I enjoy trying out these unconventional gambits like the Budapest when confronted with d4.

1. d4 Nf6

2. c4 e5

Altercating the pawn structure with e5, we have c4 followed up with Knight g4. The strategy here is to aim to capture the pawn on e5. It poses a challenge for White to retain that pawn as it could potentially disrupt the formation.

Many players might retaliate with e4 or willingly allow the capture of the e5 pawn for controlling the center of the board.


The catch here is that instead of the e5 pawn, Black’s intention could be to concentrate an attack on the weakened square f2. This sneaky trap could even be strengthened by sacrificing more material.

The Balogh Gambit Trap: A Closer Look

The Balogh Gambit is all about setting a covert trap for White. The game unfolds as such: Black takes on the aggressive d6. Once the pawn is captured, Black brings in the Bishop, laying the groundwork for the trap.

The usual instincts while playing against a gambit involve securing the King as quickly as possible, hence castling becomes the best recourse. From the surface, it appears that White has an upper hand – they are material-up and have a safeguarded King. However, the trap has already been set and sprung by moving Bishop to b4. Check!

The bewildering situation leaves White with the following alternatives:

  • Blocking with the knight on d2
  • Using bishop to block d2
  • Moving knight to c3
  • Re-routing the other knight to d2
  • Moving king to e2

No matter their move, it seems that they have already fallen into the trap set by the Balogh Gambit.

You can watch the video below to get a detailed explanation of the Balogh Gambit.



Let’s look at these options one by one.

Knight to D2

This move blocks the queen, thereby allowing Black to bring the bishop back to c5, attacking f2.

Affirmatively, the positioning of the Bishop at c5 could invoke the question of why it didn’t land there in the first place. But recalling the sequence of moves and focusing on Black’s strategy, it should be attributed to blocking White’s Queen to protect Black’s Queen. Strategizing it correctly, the bishop is pulled back to c5 only after White’s queen is blocked via knight 2, D2.

A variety of responses could follow such as queen e2, knight b3, or a more aggressive approach with queen a4. However, no matter what move is chosen, Black will have a constant and relentless pressure on White’s position.

Bishop to D2

In this case, Black still goes for Bishop c5. However, with the Bishop at D2, White can play queen e2 in case of bishop takes f2 followed by king d1.

The bishop then pulls back to c5 and this position remains advantageous for Black.

Knight to C3

This move abates the check but makes it favorable for Black to snatch the Queen on D1, leading to an unpleasant situation for White.

Knight to D2 (From F3)

Although the knight move enables more pieces to participate in the game, it doesn’t tend to help in the long run. The Bishop still goes to c5; however, the entire game takes a different course. White ends up in a tough spot with all their forces working in defense.

King to E2

Even though this appears to be a way out of the check, it really isn’t. After getting the queen captured on D1, Black seizes f2 with the knight, forking both the king and the rook on H1.

Strategically played, the Balogh gambit proves to be a lethal tool to take your opponents by surprise.

So, there you have it. This was everything you need to know about the mystical Balogh gambit. In case you stumble upon the trap initiated by knight f3, swiftly respond with Bishop b4. Hope you enjoyed reading. Stay tuned for more game-changing chess strategies.