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Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. f4/2...exf4/3. Nf3/3...Be7

King's Gambit, Cunningham-Euwe Variation
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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Cunningham-Euwe VariationEdit

While White's 3.Nf3 prevented the check on h4, Black's third move renews the threat. Here White is almost powerless to stop h4, as 4.g3?! fxg3 5.hxg3 Nf6 saddles White with a weak pawn on g3, and the semi-open h-file cannot be effectively used. He has two main continuations: 4.Bc4 and 4.Nc3. 4.Bc4 is the main line, clearing f1 for the White king to move to. 4.Nc3, however, is also good, with simple development.

Theory tableEdit

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

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7

4 5 6 7
Bc4
Nf6
e5
Ng4
O-O
Nc6
d4
d5
=
Nc3
Bh4+
Ke2
d5
Nxd5
Nf6
Nxf6+
Qxf6

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ReferencesEdit

de Firmian, Nick. Modern Chess Openings, 15th edition. New York, NY: Random House, 2008.