Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nf6/3. Nxe5/3...Nc6/4. Nxc6/4...dxc6/5. d3/5...Bc5/6. Bg5/6...Nxe4

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Stafford Gambit - Main Line
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 5. d3 Bc5 6. Bg5 Nxe4

Stafford Gambit - Main LineEdit

6...Nxe4!Edit

Black springs into action and captures the pawn on e4, gaining an enormous advantage. The weak pawn on f2 is threatened and White most defend an inevitable attack on their king.

  • 7. Be3 is White's best response by defending the f2 square. However, Black can trade bishops and move their queen to 8...Qh4. 9.g3 is the only way to prevent checkmate and Black can take the rook with 9...Nxg3, sacrificing the knight.
  • 7. dxe4? capturing the knight. After 7...Bxf2, White's queen will be taken.
  • 7. Bxd8?? capturing the queen. Amazingly, Black now has a forced checkmate in 2 moves with 7...Bxf2+ 8.Ke2 Bg4#.

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