Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. Bc4/3...Bc5/4. b4/4...Bxb4/5. c3

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Evans Gambit Accepted
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7{{{square}}} black pawn{{{square}}} black pawn{{{square}}} black pawn{{{square}}} black pawn{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black pawn{{{square}}} black pawn{{{square}}} black pawn7
6{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black knight{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king6
5{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black pawn{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king5
4{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black bishop{{{square}}} white bishop{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} white pawn{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king4
3{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} white pawn{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} white knight{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king3
2{{{square}}} white pawn{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} white pawn{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} white pawn{{{square}}} white pawn{{{square}}} white pawn2
1{{{square}}} white rook{{{square}}} white knight{{{square}}} white bishop{{{square}}} white queen{{{square}}} white king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} black king{{{square}}} white rook1
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5.c3

Evans Gambit AcceptedEdit

The most popular bishop retreat is 5...Ba5, after which white continues with the simple 6.d4.

Other retreats:Edit

5...Bc5, trying to discourage 6.d4, is inferior, is inferior, since white can play 6.d4 anyway with gain of time.

5...Be7 is the move most grandmasters play, and is considered to be okay. According to Wikipedia, "This has often been considered one of the "safer" retreats" The Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand has played it.[1]

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8        8
7        7
6        6
5        5
4        4
3        3
2        2
1        1
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6...d6

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8        8
7        7
6        6
5        5
4        4
3        3
2        2
1        1
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6...exd4

After that, there is a branch choice between 6...d6 or 6...exd4.

6...d6Edit

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8        8
7        7
6        6
5        5
4        4
3        3
2        2
1        1
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7.O-O

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8        8
7        7
6        6
5        5
4        4
3        3
2        2
1        1
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7.Qb3

6...d6

7.O-O or 7.Qb3

7.O-OEdit

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8        8
7        7
6        6
5        5
4        4
3        3
2        2
1        1
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7.O-O Bb6 8.dxe5 dxe5

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8        8
7        7
6        6
5        5
4        4
3        3
2        2
1        1
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9.Qxd8+ Nxd8 10.Nxe5 Be6
 
 

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8        8
7        7
6        6
5        5
4        4
3        3
2        2
1        1
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9.Qb3 Qf6 10.Bg5 Qg6 11.Bd5 Nge7 12.Bxe7 Kxe7 13.Bxc6 Qxc6 14.Nxe5 Qe6
  • 7.O-O Bb6 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Qxd8+ Nxd8 10.Nxe5 Be6 (Lasker)
  • 7.O-O Bb6 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Qb3 Qf6 10.Bg5 Qg6 11.Bd5 Nge7 12.Bxe7 Kxe7 13.Bxc6 Qxc6 14.Nxe5 Qe6 (Chigorin)

7.Qb3Edit

  • 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.dxe5 Bb6
  • 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.dxe5 Bb6 9.a4 dxe5 10.a5 Bc5 11.a6 (Stockfish 8 depth=32)
  • 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.dxe5 dxe5

6...exd4Edit

  • 6...exd4 7.Qb3 (Short)
  • 6...exd4 7.O-O Nge7
  • 6...exd4 7.O-O Nge7 8.Ng5 d5
  • 6...exd4 7.O-O Nge7 8.cxd4 d5
  • 6...exd4 7.O-O dxc3 8.Qb3
  • 6...exd4 7.O-O d6 8.cxd4 Bb6 (Normal Position)
  • 6...exd4 7.O-O dxc3 8.Qb3

Theory tableEdit

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


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3
5 6
Evans Gambit Accepted ...
Ba5
d4
 

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ReferencesEdit

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