Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. f4/2...exf4/3. Nf3/3...Be7

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King's Gambit, Cunningham-Euwe Variation
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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Cunningham-Euwe Variation[edit]

While White's 3.Nf3 prevented the check on h4, Black's third move renews the threat. Here White is almost powerless to stop h4, as 4.g3?! fxg3 5.hxg3 Nf6 saddles White with a weak pawn on g3, and the semi-open h-file cannot be effectively used. He has two main continuations: 4.Bc4 and 4.Nc3. 4.Bc4 is the main line, clearing f1 for the White king to move to. 4.Nc3, however, is also good, with simple development.

Theory table[edit]

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

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7

4 5 6 7
Bc4
Nf6
e5
Ng4
O-O
Nc6
d4
d5
=
Nc3
Bh4+
Ke2
d5
Nxd5
Nf6
Nxf6+
Qxf6

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References[edit]

de Firmian, Nick. Modern Chess Openings, 15th edition. New York, NY: Random House, 2008.