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A quick little refutation of a frequent guest in lower rated blitz play.
The Elephant Gambit
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5?!
My room mate and I are looking at the Elephant right now. We just spent an afternoon looking at 7...Qh5. This was the logical play out of this line:
7...Qh5 8.Qb5 Bc5 9.Nb3 Nxe4 10.Be3 Bb4+ 11.c3 Qxb5 12.Bxb5 Bd6
7...Qe6 is better for black. It's the only satisfactory way to avoid a queen swap.
A good analysis indeed..
I have also encountered this gambit in blitz play often enough, but never in regular OTB games.
Engine fought with me on that move, and it's possible Qb5 right away is as good... But try to find a productive move for black! Be6 runs into Qb5, Bc5 runs into the variation given, and since an immediate Qb5 appears to run into Bc5 with some (pathetic) piece activity for the pawn, waiting for Be7 whilst having the option of g4 at some point (the queen isn't perfectly happy on h5 by any stretch) seems to be slightly more accurate.
Anyways, my conclusion was that a semi-useful waiting move would hurt black a lot more than white.
There are no practical games that I am aware of that reached that position, as most players opted for Nfd2 instead of Nbd2, seeing ghosts based on hanging a b4 bishop and castling long (I think).
Anyways in short, I included the move because Rybka decided it agreed with me after about half an hour, and I immediately took that as a moral victory and added the move lol.
This is an excellent article.
Indeed the best way against this try for stronger players, best results/percentages at higher levels and even computer suggestion all agree with the line you have given here. Looking through it a couple of times, I find it quite nice.
I guess I have just one question - what made you choose 8.h3 instead of playing 8.Qb5 immediately? Is this a nuance that helps? It may prevent Black from putting his bishop on too aggressive a square (g4), but that's all I can see.
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Taking Out The Trash - Intro
Taking Out The Trash - Part 1 - The Budapest Gambit
Taking Out The Trash - Part 2 - The Elephant Gambit
Taking Out The Trash - Part 3 - The Smith-Morra Gambit
Taking Out The Trash - Part 4 - The Blackmar-Deimer Gambit
Taking Out The Trash - Part 5 - The Englund Gambit
Taking Out The Trash - Part 6 - The Latvian Gambit
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