Attacking Ideas in the Evans Gambit
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Attacking Ideas in the Evans Gambit

Attacking Ideas in the Evans Gambit

Today I will show you the third lesson from the course “8 Aggressive Chess Openings” by GM Marian Petrov. We are about to learn the attacking ideas in the Evans Gambit. The Evans Gambit is an aggressive line of the Giuoco Piano (Italian Game), which is characterized by the moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4.

Evans Gambit

You can also watch the video of GM Petrov in which he explains these attacking ideas.

What’s the Point of the Evans Gambit?

White offers a pawn to divert the black bishop on c5, in order to strongly occupy the center. If Black accepts the pawn with 5…Bxb4, White can follow up with c3 and d4, with a strong center, while also opening diagonals to play Ba3 or Qb3 at some point, preventing Black from castling kingside and threatening the f7-pawn respectively.

Is the Evans Gambit Good for Beginners?

Evans Gambit

It is true that you sacrifice a pawn and there is no force line in which you could get it back immediately. But, on the other hand, you have to remember that in chess material is only one of several aspects of the game. And in this case, White’s compensation remains in the strong control over the center and the possibility of attack the opponent’s king very quickly.

So, it’s not a surprise that many games in the Evans Gambit finish in just twenty moves! The Evans Gambit is an excellent weapon to learn how to attack in chess and also can bring you a lot of wins!

Is the Evans Gambit Refuted?

Evans Gambit

The Evans Gambit is very popular at lowers levels and can be seen very often in blitz games. Nevertheless, this doesn’t means that the Evans Gambit is not sound. On the contrary, the Evans Gambit is totally sound. Many strong players as Carlsen, Caruana, Kasparov, Nakamura and Dubov have played this gambit with good results.

Games

Scandinavian Defense

The Evans Gambit has a long history in chess. And to understand it, it is necessary to go to the roots and see the games that promoted this incredible gambit. Let’s analyze three games played by the french chess master Louis-Charles MahΓ© de La Bourdonnais. He played in an era before a World Chess Championship was established, but was considered to be perhaps the strongest player in the world from 1821.

Black Plays 5…Ba5

In the first game, against Alexander McDonnell, we’re gonna see that Black played the 5…Ba5 line, which doesn’t allow White to play d4 immediately and also have the idea of relocating the bishop on b6 and adding pressure on the d4 pawn. Let’s see how La Bourdonnais handled this.

 

Black Plays 5…Be7

The second game is against Henri Boncourt. The game had up and downs but, finally, the french player managed to convert the point.

 

Black Plays 5…Bc5

In this third case, we will see another game played against McDonnell, which was one of the games played in the famous match at that time.

The Evans Gambit is an aggressive and very sound opening. But there are other interesting gambits or openings that you can play.

If you are interested in learning more about this aggressive chess openings, I encourage you to grab the course “8 Aggressive Chess Openings” by GM Marian Petrov. With this course, you’ll learn aggressive ideas on some of the most common openings (not sidelines) which have withstood the test of time. Arm yourself with an intimidating repertoire based on all these aggressive openings!

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Evans Gambit

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