Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...e5

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Englund 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)
Moves: 1. d4 e5
ECO code: A40
Parent: Queen's Pawn Opening

1... e5? - Englund Gambit[edit | edit source]

This move is rarely played as it is considered unsound. Black's idea is to create an open game with practical chances.

White's responses[edit | edit source]

White has a number of choices:

  • 2. dxe5 Accepting the Gambit.
  • 2. d5 Declining the Gambit.
  • 2. e4 Transposes into the Center Game.
  • 2. Nf3 Dominating both squares occupied by the pawns.
  • 2. c3 Defending the d4 pawn.

Theory table[edit | edit source]

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

1. d4 e5?

2 3 4 5 6
1 dxe5
Nc3 +/=
2 ...
Bh4 +/=
3 e4 Transposes to 1. e4 e5 2. d4
4 d5
5 c4 Transposes to 1. c4 e5 2. d4

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References[edit | edit source]

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999.John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.
  • Modern Chess Openings: MCO-14. 1999. Nick de Firmian, Walter Korn. ISBN 0-8129-3084-3.
  • Kasparov, Garry, & Keene, Raymond 1989 Batsford chess openings 2. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.