Golden Gambits, Evan's Gambit

Golden Gambits, Evan's Gambit

Sep 17, 2014, 3:11 PM |

Welcome opponents, friends, and viewers to another blog on the series Golden Gambits. Today we have a special post by Luidefumes, a chess player, friend, and today; blogger! We both worked on this blog together so make sure to check his profile for many cool blogs and articles. Let's dive right into the Evan's Gambit accepted line:

As you can see white has an agressive attack against black and if the black player doesn't know the correct theory it will lead to a terrible ending. White's goals are to: 

  • Attack the center and f7.
  • Play d4 with the right amount of support.
  • Castle and bring the rook to the e or d file.
  • Use the overwhelming amount of center control to attack.

Black would like to do two things, defend f7 and e5 and make sure to trade pieces in order for white to lose his "advantage".

Here is Luidefunes for his information on the accepted line:


The most obvious and most usual way for Black to meet the gambit is to accept it with 4...Bxb4, after which White plays 5.c3 and Black usually follows up with 5...Ba5 (5...Be7 and, less often 5...Bc5 and 5...Bd6, the Stone Ware Variation, are also played). White usually follows up with 6.d4. Emanuel Lasker's line is 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 d6 7.0-0 Bb6 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Qxd8+ Nxd8 10.Nxe5 Be6. This variation takes the sting out of White's attack by returning the gambit pawn and exchanging queens, and according to Fine, the resulting simplified position "is psychologically depressing for the gambit player" whose intent is usually an aggressive attack. Chigorin did a lot of analysis on the alternative 9.Qb3 Qf6 10.Bg5 Qg6 11.Bd5 Nge7 12.Bxe7 Kxe7 13.Bxc6 Qxc6 14.Nxe5 Qe6, which avoids the exchange of queens, but reached no clear verdict. Instead White often avoids this line with 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.dxe5, when Black can return the pawn with 8...Bb6 or hold onto it with 8...dxe5, though White obtains sufficient compensation in this line.

Alternatively Black can meet 6.d4 with 6...exd4, when White can try 7.Qb3, a move often favoured by Nigel Short. 7.0-0 is traditionally met by 7...Nge7 intending to meet 8.Ng5 or 8.cxd4 with 8...d5, returning the pawn in many lines, rather than the materalistic 7...dxc3 which is well met by 8.Qb3 with a very dangerous initiative for the sacrificed pawns. Alternatively 7...d6 8.cxd4 Bb6 is known as the Normal Position, in which Black is content to settle for a one-pawn advantage and White seeks compensation in the form of open lines and a strong centre.

Now that we know the accepted line, here's a game played by the player who invented the name of the Gambit:



Hope you enjoyed this blog and will stay tuned for more in the days to come, a big thank you to Luidefunes for making an entire blog on the Evan's Gambit and for his information. Thanks for reading and make sure to check out Luidefunes for more blogs and series as well as joining The Learning Library! -Kingdom_Hearts