Danish Gambit Accepted [2]


1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd5 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2



1. Introduction

2. Game with analysis

3. Complete text of the analysis of the game

4. Conclusion

5. Other blogs of mine on this opening


1. Introduction

This is not a personal game of mine, but it's a VC-game in the group "Danish Gambiteers" in which I participated. I like this game because it's quick and dirty; it's over before you know it. Do you want to know more about this gambit, come on and join the group!

2. Game with analysis

3. Complete text of the analysis of the game

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2

Danish Gambit Accepted (C21), the starting position of the game.


Schlechter Defence. With 5...d5 black returns a pawn for rapid development.


Not 6.exd5 as the pawn blocks the diagonal of white's LSB.



An interesting continuation is: 7.Bxf7+ (It looks if white wins the black Queen, but ...) Kxf7 8.Qxd8 Bb4+ 9.Qd2 Bxd2+ 10.Nxd2 black regains the Queen.


This position is about equal, but black has some advantage with his majority of pawns on the queenside in the endgame.

7...Nxd5 8.Nxd5

It looks a bit silly that white gives up his Bishoppair in this opening, but the white Knight on d5 is an excellent outpost.


Not 8...c6 to get rid of the white Knight, because of 9.Nf6+ gxf6 (if 9...Ke7 10.Ba3+ Kxf6 11.Qxd8 game over.) 10.Qxd8+ Kxd8 11.Bxf6+ forking King and Rook.


Aiming (in)directly at the f7- and b7-square and making it possible to place the Rook on d1 on the next move. An alternative is perhaps 9.Nf3, making castling possible.


Not good! Ofcourse black wants to develop, but perhaps in this case he should focus on to get rid of the white Knight on d5 (by playing 9...Ne7). Now white is better.


Better is 10.Qg3 presuring on g7 and c7. For example: 10...Bb4+ 11.Kf1 Be6 12.Nxc7+ Ke7 13.Bxg7 Bc4+ 14.Ne2 or 10...Bd6 11.Qxg7 Rf8 12.Rf6+ Ke7 13.Nxh7 and white is better.


After 10...0-0 11.Qg3 (Threatening mate on g7) g6 12.Qc3 (Threatening mate on g7 or h8) f6 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.Qc4+ Rf7 15.Rxd8+ Bxd8 and white is better.


Maybe 11.Qg3 was to consider.

11...Rg8 12.Qb2

Aiming to play 13.Bf6 and after exchanging the Bishops play Nf6+. An alternative is perhaps 12.Qxb7 Rc8 13.Qb2 or 12...Bb4+ 13.Kf1 Rb8 14.Nf6+ Qxf6 15.Qxb8+ Nxb8 16.Bxf6 Bb5+ 17.Ne2 and white is better.


This move doesn't contribute in any way for black. Better is for example 12...Qc8 protecting the pawn at b7 and avoiding an attack on the d-file with the white Rook.

13.Bf6 Rxg2

Perhaps 13...Rg6 was better, but it's a lost cause for black.

14.Bxe7 Nxe7 15.Nf6+ Kf8 16.Nxd7+

Black resigned.



4. Conclusion

A short game of the Danish Gambit, as often is the case when black accepts the presented pawns in the opening. It gives you some insights of the possibilities of this gambit!

5. Other blog's of mine on this opening

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An opening that is close related to this one: Göring Gambit.

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