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Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. d4/2...exd4/3. c3

Danish 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)

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Danish GambitEdit

White chooses to play an aggressive game. By giving a two pawn material advantage to his opponent, Black spends two moves to capture both of the pawns, and has to deal with a massive attack. Black has few choices here:

  • The most common move for Black to play here is to take the pawn, 3...dxc3.
  • However, another common alternative is to safely decline the gambit and play 3...d5 or 3...d6.

Theory tableEdit

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3

3 4 5
Danish Gambit Accepted c3
dxc3
Bc4
Nf6
Nxc3
Bb4
=
Sörensen Defence ...
d5
exd5
Nf6
Bb5+
Bd7
=
Nimzowitsch ...
Nf6
e5
Ne4

=
...
d6
cxd4
Nf6
Nc3
Be7
=
...
d3
Bxd3
Nc6
Nf3
d6
+=
...
Qe7
cxd4
Qxe4+
Be3

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ReferencesEdit

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