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The Danish!

Start Time: Jul 13, 2011

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If you’ve ever wondered what the phrase “good attacking chances” is supposed to mean, check out White’s position here! 

This is the Danish Gambit: Accepted. The position arises after the moves 1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4 cxb2 5. Bxb2 … . If you think Black has been a bit cavalier about opening principles so far, you’d be right. This position is rarely seen anymore at the highest level (a better approach is 3. … d5), and for obvious reasons -- look at those White Bishops! Black has managed to munch two pawns, but in compensation White has a big development lead and -- you guessed it -- good attacking chances. 

How good, exactly? That is what we’re going to find out! Make liberal use of the Game Explorer, check out IM David Pruess’ video lecture series “Development: Attack and Defense” parts I-V, and let’s get to it!


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