Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. f4/2...exf4/3. Nf3/3...Be7< Chess Opening Theory | 1. e4 | 1...e5 | 2. f4 | 2...exf4 | 3. Nf3
|King's Gambit, Cunningham-Euwe Variation|
While White's 3.Nf3 prevented the check on h4, Black's third move renews the threat. Here White is almost powerless to stop h4, as 4.g3?! fxg3 5.hxg3 Nf6 saddles White with a weak pawn on g3, and the semi-open h-file cannot be effectively used. He has two main continuations: 4.Bc4 and 4.Nc3. 4.Bc4 is the main line, clearing f1 for the White king to move to. 4.Nc3, however, is also good, with simple development.
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7
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de Firmian, Nick. Modern Chess Openings, 15th edition. New York, NY: Random House, 2008.