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I recently had White against the Elephant Gambit 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 and found that by the time I had barely got a good game-I was running out of time--it is a tough gambit to play against if you never experienced it before.
I love playing either side of the Elephant. As white, after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5, I sometimes try 3.d4. I think 3.Nxe5 and 3.exd5 are more common, and probably better. But 3.d4 is playable and often throws black off in fast games. But one time in a bullet game I forgot to take my knight "off-prise" at move four: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 3.d4 dxe4 4.Bc4?? (4.Nxe5) exf3 5.Qxf3 Nf6 6.dxe5 Bg4 7.Qxb7 (I thought I was getting my piece back) Qd1 #...........
Also, the variation of the Soller, 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Bc5 (instead of 3...f6 immediately) 4.Nc3 f6, may be an improvement.....
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