Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. f4/2...Bc5
|King's Gambit Declined|
King's Gambit Declined
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.
1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5
|King's Gambit Declined||Nf3
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- Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.