Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. f4/2...d5

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Falkbeer Countergambit
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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Falkbeer Countergambit[edit]

With 2...d5 Black signals an intent to maintain an active position. White challenges the center with options of developing quickly. White normally now chooses to take the pawn on d5.

  • 3. exd5 The normal White response leading to a scramble of control of the d5,e4 and e5 squares.
  • 3. Nf3 Developing the Knight and controlling the h4 square to prevent Black's Queen check.
  • 3. fxe5 is a blunder as ...Qh4+ 4. g3 Qxe4+ 5. Qe2 Qxh1 is most embarassing.

Theory table[edit]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5
3 4 5 6
exd5
c6
Nc3
exf4
Nf3
Bd6
Bc4
Ne7
...
e4
Nc3
exf4
d3
Nf6
dxe4
Nxe4
Nf3
dxe4
Nxe5
Nd7


=
fxe5?
Qh4+
Ke2
Qxe4+
Kf2
Bc5+
Kg3
Qxe5+
-+
...
...
g3
Qxe4+
Qe2
Qxh1

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References[edit]

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

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