Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. f4/2...d5/3. exd5

Falkbeer Countergambit
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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Falkbeer CountergambitEdit

3.exd5Edit

This is the normal response, capturing the pawn on d5, as black is putting pressure on both the e4 and f4 pawns of white's and 3. fxe5?? loses to Qh4+!. From here, black has 3 choices:

  • 3... exf4 is the natural response, where a sample line continues 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 exf4 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. c4 c6 6. d4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 O-O 8. Be2 cxd5 9. O-O Be6 10. Bxf4 dxc4 11. Ng5 Nc6 12. Nxe6 fxe6 13. Bxc4 Qxd4+ 14. Qxd4 Nxd4 15. Rad1 b5 16. Rxd4 bxc4 17. Rxc4, which is equal. There are mutliple ways to diverge from these lines, but all usually lead to equality.
  • 3... c6!? is a new, modern response that focuses on development and the cramping f4 pawn over material. No clear verdict has been reached on this line.
  • 3... e4 used to be considered an option, but now, modern theory gives white a good game after 4. d3, and the line is a very rare sideline these days.

Theory tableEdit

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

1. e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5

3 4 5 6
...
e4
d3
Nf6
dxe4
Nxe4
Nf3
Bc5
+=
...
c6
Nc3
exf4
Nf3
Bd6
Bc4
Ne7
=
...
exf4
Nf3
Nf6
c4
c6
d4
Bb4+
Nc3
O-O
Be2
cxd5
O-O
Be6
Bxf4
dxc4
Ng5
Nc6
Nxe6
fxe6
Bxc4
Qxd4+
Qxd4
Nxd4
Rad1
b5
Rxd4
bxc4
Rxc4
a5
=

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ReferencesEdit

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.