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

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2. Nf3 - Tennison Gambit[edit | edit source]

Tennison 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. e4 e5 2. Nf3
ECO code: B01
Parent: Scandinavian Defence
  • 2...dxe4
  • 2...Nf6

White sacrifices a pawn in the hopes of a potential lead in development. Black will generally make the move 2...dxe4, accepting the gambit, or 2...Nf6, attacking White's pawn and defending Black's d5 pawn.

White may respond with 3. Ng5 after 2...dxe4 to try to complete the jokingly named Tennison Gambit Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Variant, which gives White a serious lead in development.