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The Spachuabish Gambit

The Spachuabish Gambit

Mar 23, 2011, 11:43 PM 0

So I just had an opponent play the following against me: 

1. e4 e5   2. Nf3 a6

Alright, that's fine.  There are all sorts of lines which people like and I'm not writing to question 2. ... a6.  My issue came when I looked in the game explorer and noticed that 3 out of 6 of the games had the response Bb5 (the other 3 being c4).

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It seems that any reasonable person playing black would not need to put much thought into their third move, as they would obviously play Nc6.  Wait, what?!?!  Yes, according to the chess.com game explorer, all three games had black playing 3. ... Nc6.

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So in all seriousness, is it possible that capturing the bishop is somehow bad for black, or did someone mess up the move order when putting these games in the system?  Either way, I think we should come up with a name for this "gambit".  I'll throw in the suggestion of the "Spachuabish Gambit" (sound it out).  

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