Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. f4/2...exf4/3. Nf3/3...g5/4. h4/4...g4/5. Ne5/5...Nf6/6. Bc4/6...d5

< Chess Opening Theory‎ | 1. e4‎ | 1...e5‎ | 2. f4‎ | 2...exf4‎ | 3. Nf3‎ | 3...g5‎ | 4. h4‎ | 4...g4‎ | 5. Ne5‎ | 5...Nf6‎ | 6. Bc4
Kieseritzky Gambit, Berlin Defence
a b c d e f g h
8a8 black rookb8 black knightc8 black bishopd8 black queene8 black kingf8 black bishopg8 black kingh8 black rook8
7a7 black pawnb7 black pawnc7 black pawnd7 black kinge7 black kingf7 black pawng7 black kingh7 black pawn7
6a6 black kingb6 black kingc6 black kingd6 black kinge6 black kingf6 black knightg6 black kingh6 black king6
5a5 black kingb5 black kingc5 black kingd5 black pawne5 white knightf5 black kingg5 black kingh5 black king5
4a4 black kingb4 black kingc4 white bishopd4 black kinge4 white pawnf4 black pawng4 black pawnh4 white pawn4
3a3 black kingb3 black kingc3 black kingd3 black kinge3 black kingf3 black kingg3 black kingh3 black king3
2a2 white pawnb2 white pawnc2 white pawnd2 white pawne2 black kingf2 black kingg2 white pawnh2 white pawn2
1a1 white rookb1 white knightc1 white bishopd1 white queene1 white kingf1 black kingg1 black kingh1 white rook1
a b c d e f g h
Common moves:
7. exd5 - only move

White's c4-bishop and e4-pawn are forked by the Black pawn on d5. 7. exd5 is necessary to remove the threat.

7. Bxd5 would be a positional disaster for White. It would give Black a powerful centralised queen after 7...Nxd5 8.exd5 Qxd5, it would bring White no closer to recovering the pawn, and it would give up the bishop pair for no reason. In the analogous position after 7.exd5, 7...Nxd5 would not oblige White to capture the knight.