Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...c5/2. b4

Sicilian Wing 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 c5 2. b4
ECO code: B20
Parent: Sicilian Defence

Sicilian Wing GambitEdit

2. b4 marks the Sicilian Wing Gambit. There are other wing gambits like this using the b-pawn (for instance, the Evans Gambit); however, this wing gambit is the most common one. The b-pawn push tries to undermine Black's c-pawn control of d4.

This gambit is unsound at the top level, and Black can safely accept it. However, it is common in amateur play.

Black's responsesEdit

2...cxb4. Black usually accepts the gambit. White is most likely to offer Black another pawn with 3. a3.

2...d5. Black can always decline with gambit and attack White's e-pawn.

Theory tableEdit

1. e4 c5 2. b4

  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Evaluation
Wing Gambit Accepted ...
cxb4
a3
d5
exd5
Qxd5
Nf3
 
Wing Gambit Declined ...
d5
exd5
 

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