January 31, 2010

Evans Gambit

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This chess opening lesson is designed for chess beginners to get initial knowledge on the Evans Gambit. The lesson includes the textual description, 4 chess videos, and a PGN File (see below). The PGN File is named "Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov: The Evans Gambit Games."

By structure, the lesson is divided into the following 3 parts:
I. Evans Gambit: Data and Description
II. Evans Gambit Videos: See a Picture and How to Play
III. PGN FILE: "Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov: The Evans Gambit Games."


I. Evans Gambit: Data and Description

Chess Opening Type: Open Game [1.e4 e5 ...]
Move Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 [Evans Gambit]
Compare with: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 [Italian Game]
ECO Codes: C51-C52

Evans Gambit: General Description

The Evans Gambit is a separate chess opening, but many chess experts consider it as a line of the Italian Game because of the first 3 moves... It was invented in 1827 by a British sea captain. The inventor's name was William Davies Evans, and his name gave the name to the opening.

The Evans Gambit was very popular for a long time. Today, it is relatively popular at the chess master level and top level chess. The opening was played by Adolf Anderssen, Paul Morphy, Mikhail Chigorin, Emanuel Lasker, Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand, Peter Svidler...

White's 4.b4 is a smart tool to get the center control and attack initiative. Black can accept the Gambit by moving 4... Bxb4, or decline by some other moves. Usually, it is recommended to accept the Gambit. The Evans Gambit has 40 variations, but it is not so difficult to learn this chess opening...

To answer, Black uses the next moves: [4... Bxb4 ~ 75%], [4... Bb6 ~ 15%], [Other moves ~ 10%: 4... d5 (Counter-Gambit variation), 4.... b5, 4... Bd6, 4... Be7, 4... Bd4, and 4... Nxb4]. The 5-7 variations are the most common. The variation 5... Be7 [4... Bxb4 5.c3 Be7] is quite popular today.


II. Evans Gambit Videos: See a Picture and How to Play

To see a general picture of the Evans Gambit, its line popularity, the designated moves for its 5 variations of 40, you are recommended to replay Video 1: Evans Gambit - General Information. To start the video and learn this opening in a visible way, just click the Play button below:




• If the opening video hasn't shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.
• If the video displays an error, try to start and play it later.

Find Video 2 on another separate page, by clicking this link:
Video 2: Evans Gambit - How to Play Part I

Note: Video 2 shows the Normal var. and Tartakower attack var.
Note: Locate this video at the bottom of the page open.

Find Video 3 on another separate page, by clicking this link:
Video 3: Evans Gambit - How to Play Part II

Note: Video 3 shows the Evans Gambit Declined, var. 5.a4.
Note: Locate this video at the bottom of the page open.

Find Video 4 on another separate page, by clicking this link:
Video 4: Evans Gambit - How to Play Part III

Note: Video 4 shows the Evans Gambit, var. 5... Be7.
Note: Locate this video at the bottom of the page open.


III. PGN FILE: "Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov: The Evans Gambit Games"

Just below, find the link to download the PGN File "Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov: The Evans Gambit Games." The file will help you learn more... You will see how the opening was played by the two chess titans. The file is 17 games: 14 games played by Bobby Fischer, 3 by Garry Kasparov.

The games were played in the years 1963-1964 by Bobby Fischer and in the years 1993, 1995 by Garry Kasparov... To read the PGN File, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which explains you how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program.

To download the Evans Gambit PGN File, click the following link:
Fischer-Kasparov-Evans Gambit (9 KB)