Alisa Melekhina - Nbd2 Gambit

The rare 9. Nbd2 gambit in the Advanced French is an unexplored line that produces powerful positions for White, rich with tactical opportunities. Reminiscent of the c3 Sicilian, White utilizes a double-bishop piece attack coupled with a strong pawn on e5. The main game and its accompanying exciting sample miniatures demonstrate typical themes in the opening. White sacrifices a pawn for rapid development and devastating control of the c-file. A few inaccuracies can fatally expose Black’s King and give White a decisive advantage in less than 25 moves. This line serves as a viable practical alternative in open tournaments where Black is likely to be caught of guard.

Alisa Melekhina is a FIDE master with one International Master Norm. She started playing at age 5 and entered her first tournament at age 7. In less than three years, she was winning prestigious international tournaments and has competed 4 times for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Championship. Alisa is currently entering her third and final year of law school at the University of Pennsylvania. You can “follow” Alisa at and .

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