Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. f4/2...d5

Falkbeer Countergambit
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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Falkbeer CountergambitEdit

With 2...d5 Black signals an intent to maintain an active position. White challenges the center with options of developing quickly. White normally now chooses to take the pawn on d5.

  • 3. exd5 The normal White response leading to a scramble of control of the d5,e4 and e5 squares.
  • 3. Nf3 Developing the Knight and controlling the h4 square to prevent Black's Queen check.
  • 3. fxe5 is a blunder as ...Qh4+ 4. g3 Qxe4+ 5. Qe2 Qxh1 is most embarassing.

Theory tableEdit

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5
3 4 5 6
exd5
c6
Nc3
exf4
Nf3
Bd6
Bc4
Ne7
...
e4
Nc3
exf4
d3
Nf6
dxe4
Nxe4
Nf3
dxe4
Nxe5
Nd7


=
fxe5?
Qh4+
Ke2
Qxe4+
Kf2
Bc5+
Kg3
Qxe5+
-+
...
...
g3
Qxe4+
Qe2
Qxh1

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ReferencesEdit

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

External linksEdit

Last modified on 3 September 2009, at 00:15