Ruy López Opening: Jaenisch Gambit

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5

A gambit answer to the Ruy Lopez - Black's move 3...f5 strikes the white center from the side, leading to great complications in many cases.


  • Black tries to grab the initiative
  • Black can often gain a strong pawn center
  • The f-file can be used by a black rook.


  • Black can end up down one or two pawns
  • The black king is exposed
  • There are many forcing variations
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