Evan’s Gambit is one of the most aggressive gambits in chess.
Captain Evans, a strong amateur Chess player, was playing against Alexander MacDonnell, one of the best players of his time, on a steamship traveling between Wales and Ireland in 1825. It was originally an Italian game, but William Davies Evans played a move (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4) that became his legacy to Chess. In today’s world, everyone knows this as Evan’s Gambit.
What is Real Gambit?
A gambit in Italian known as Gambetta meaning “to trip”. But it is basically a chess opening in which a player sacrifices Pawns or other Pieces in order to gain a strategic advantage. The word “gambit” is also used to describe policies or methods employed by politicians and businessmen.
Typically, White plays the Gambit. Here are some examples of a gambit that are known worldwide;
King’s Gambit(1.e4 e5 2.f4) and Evan’s Gambit (1.e4 e5 ). Latvian Gambit(1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5) or Greco Counter Gambit . The real name for the Latvian Gambit, or Englund Gambit(1.d4 e5). Some gambits that are being plotted by black are also real gambits.
Enjoy this historical game that was played between William Davies Evan’s and Alexander MacDonnell in 1825.
- .e4 e5
- .Nf3 Nc6
- .Bc4 Bc5
- .O-O d6
- .b4 Bxb4
- .c3 Ba5
- .d4 Bg4
- .Qb3 Qd7
- .Ng5 Nd8
- .dxe5 dxe5
- .Ba3 Nh6
- .f3 Bb6+
- .Kh1 Bh5
- .Rd1 Qc8
- .Rxd8+ Qxd8
- .Nxf7 Qh4
- .Qb5+ c6
- .Qxe5+ Kd7
- .Qe6+ Kc7
Evan’s Gambit Famous Games
Some of the Evan’s Gambit famous games are as follows;
- In 1852 C Bayer vs Falkbeer
- And in 1852 Anderssen vs Dufresne
- Also in 2001 Morozevich vs Adams
Currently, this gambit isn’t as popular as it once was, it has also evolved with time and has many variations you can play with.
There are a few ways to avoid the muddle against white’s offensive prowess by declining Evan’s Gambit.
In spite of Evan’s Gambit not working for black, not accepting it means that you lose a lot of time and gain less with the pieces you move.
There is still a debate to either play with this gambit or not.
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