Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...d5

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Elephant Gambit
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Elephant Gambit[edit]

2...d5[edit]

The Elephant Gambit or Englund Counterattack. Black ignores the attack on his e-pawn and immediately tries to gain time and space. The resulting position can be sharp for White, and thus may be a good surprise opening for Black. It is generally considered unsound, because if White plays accurately Black does not get sufficient compensation for the sacrificed pawn. Still if White doesn't play accurately Black position can soon become overwhelming.

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5

3 4 5 6
exd5
e4
Qe2
Nf6
d3
Qxd5
Nbd2
Nc6
+/=
...
Bd6
Nc3
Nf6
Bc4
Nbd7
d3
a6
+/=
Nxe5
Bd6
d4
dxe4
Bc4
Bxe5
=
Nc3
d4
Nd5
c6

d4
Nf6
Nxe5
Nxe4

=

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References[edit]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.