Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. f4/2...Bc5

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King's Gambit Declined
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)

rnbqk1nr/pppp1ppp/8/2b1p3/4PP2/8/PPPP2PP/RNBQKBNR

King's Gambit Declined[edit]

Black ignores the gambit and develops its dark-squared bishop, controls the d4 square and makes it harder for white to castle kingside. This also sets up a trap, leaving black's e-pawn undefended.

White cannot accept the pawn and play 3. fxe5, because of 3...Qh4+ 4. g3 leading to the loss of a rook (attempting to hang onto the rook with 4. Ke2 leads to 4...Qxe4#). The main continuation is 3. Nf3, but 3. Bc4 looks good too.

Theory table[edit]

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

1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5

2
King's Gambit Declined Nf3
d6
Nc3
Nf6
Bc4
Nc6
d3
Bg4
Na4
O-O
+=
Vienna Nc3
d6
King's Gambit Declined -
Bc4
=

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References[edit]

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