Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nf6/3. Nxe5/3...Nc6/4. Nxc6/4...dxc6

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Stafford 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 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nc6 4. Nxc6 dxc6

Stafford GambitEdit

4...dxc6Edit

Black recaptured the knight with the d-pawn. This opens the d-file for Black's queen and the diagonal for the light square bishop. The g4-square is now covered by Black's knight and bishop. Black will generally look to play Bc5 for all of White's reasonable responses except e5.

  • 5. d3 protects the e4-pawn and opens the diagonal for White's dark square bishop.
  • 5. Qe2 protects the e4-pawn.
  • 5. Nc3 protects the e4-pawn.
  • 5. e5 moves the pawn away from danger and gains tempo on Black's knight.

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