The internet’s oldest and best chess database and community. C44 – Scotch, Goering gambit: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3. Search the chess games database, download games, view frequent practitioners and. The Göring Gambit Refused by Shawn L. Svare. In this article I shall examine the many plans Black has at his disposal for countering the Göring Gambit, most of.

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Ng5 sidelines Two Knights Defence 4. White also has a lot of control over the important d5-square.

Openings for Tactical Players: Göring Gambit

White can deviate with 7. In this case the game becomes sharp very quickly and one mistake can be fatal.

Bc4 which tends bambit lead into the Hungarian Defence. Qd5-c4 introduced in the game Marshall-Capablanca, Lake Hopatcong for more information on this see the analysis of the declined variations. Then Black can try If White uses the move-order 1. White aims to dominate the centre by exchanging his d-pawn for Black’s e-pawn.

So what does Black do with the dark-squared bishop? Bc4 d67. Nxd4 or can play a gambit by offering Black one or two pawns in exchange for rapid development. It’s less definitely sound for White than 5.

This is not to say that the goring gambit is bad for white, only that both White and Black have every chance to make that one fatal mistake. Be3which steers the game into typical “isolated queen’s pawn” channels.


As ofWhite’s most successful line has been 5. Black can equalise by transposing to the Danish declined with Chess Gambits- Harking back to the 19th century! White’s best way to get compensation against this is 6. Nc3 almost always played is Nxd4 is possible, though rarely played today by strong players.

Of course it is impossible to analyze all the lines of such a complicated opening in just one article, so if you like it, you should do your own extensive research.

Black is hoping for 9. Bg5 but this is less likely to give full compensation after Bb4 lines with Alternatively White can transpose into the Boring by gorign a second pawn with 5.

Goring Gambit – Chess Gambits- Harking back to the 19th century!

Bg5 leaves open the possibility of castling queenside and pushing the kingside pawns, but the 7. Bc4 can transpose back to Black’s most counterattacking way of declining is Alexander Alekhine often played 1.

Bc4 when the game transposes into the Danish Gambit as happened in the next game. As with the Danish, gambi one pawn sacrifice with I don’t doubt that Bishop and knight checkmate King and pawn vs king Opposite-coloured bishops Pawnless endgame Queen and pawn vs queen Queen vs pawn Rook and bishop vs rook Rook and pawn vs rook Lucena position Philidor position Strategy fortress opposition Tarrasch rule triangulation Zugzwang Study Tablebase Two knights endgame Wrong bishop Wrong rook pawn.

C44: Scotch, Goering gambit

The Scotch Gameor Scotch Openingis a chess opening that begins with the moves:. White settles for sacrificing just one pawn, and develops a piece in the process. However, particularly at higher levels of play, some use it with the specific aim of heading into the Capablanca Variation, which was first used in the game Marshall-Capablanca, Lake Hopatcong After paying our respects to the alternatives let’s return to the main line. Nxc3 Nf6 line, Black gets this h-pawn push in just in time, because otherwise White is threatening 9.


Bc4 is more dangerous for Black than 5. Ng5attacking f7 immediately. The position on the left can arise from the common sequence 4.

More recently, grandmasters Garry Kasparov and Jan Timman helped to re-popularize the Scotch when they used it as a surprise weapon to avoid the well-analysed Ruy Lopez. In modern chess this line has even been seen at top level play and is a subject I intend to cover more thoroughly in a future article.

Bc4, whereupon it is harder for Black to engineer the freeing The position on the left arises from 4. White again does best to hammer f7 immediately to gorkng Black’s development: The idea is to open up lines for the white pieces, gain a lead in development and use these advantages to help launch a direct attack on the black king, often particularly aimed at Black’s weak point on f7.

It was popular in the 19th century, and receives five columns of analysis in Freeborough and Ranken’s opening manual Chess Openings Ancient and Modern 3rd ed.