The King's Gambit: Schallop Defense

Feb 9, 2011, 4:21 PM |

Welcome all to part three of my ongoing series on the King's Gambit!

Today I will be showcasing the Schallop Defense (1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Nf6). Our competitors facing off against each other today are two big names in chess history. In the White corner we have Robert Byrne, and in the Black corner is Larry Evans. We wish both players good luck. Now on to the competition!

As in my previous post, I will be formatting some of the game into puzzles so you can practice your play with the masters. Please look to the bottom diagram to see the whole game in its entirety.


Byrne sees a clever way to capture Black's f4 pawn anyway. Can you find it?
















Black's next move works to block another pawn push by White, but castling would have been better.


How can White create a nice position on the Queen side?
















With a slight lead, Byrne looks to be aggressive on the King side.


Can you make Black pay for his previous Qg5 move?
















Black, down material, is now close to the end.


What's White best play here?
















And from here, White has an easy road.


Thank you all for reading and I hope you enjoyed a wonderful game in the Schallop Defense. Tune in next time for some more King's Gambit excitement!