Danish Gambit

Oct 15, 2014, 6:07 PM |

My over the board chess "career" continued at the 2014 Birmingham Chess Rapidplay tournament on 12th October 2014.  I finished with 2.5 out of 6 (2 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses.)  I finished 21st out of 34.  I was slightly disappointed to have finished below halfway especially as I had being on 2.5 out of 4.  The order of my matches in terms of results went WDLWLL so to end the day with 2 defeats was a bit of a disappointing reward for my efforts. 


They do say that a chess defeat is never wasted if you learn a lesson from it.  The 1st defeat out of those 3 (in the 3rd game) I was black, and my opponent with white went for the Danish Gambit opening.  It was an opening I was not familar with, but found out about it in the best and also the worst way possible suffering a heavy defeat from it. 


The ratings were for those under 110 ECF, and the time limit was all moves within 20 minutes + 10 seconds per move.  The list of moves is played below. 



I could take you through everything but it seems to me as though the moves I did were the obvious. 


But this led me thinking.  Obviously there must be better ways to defend it as black than I did, otherwise everyone as white would do it all the time.  So what could I or should I have done differently. 


Most of everything I have seen since Sunday points out why its a good opening for white, but as black I fell straight for the trap.  Something I will want to avoid a repeat of!