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Staunton Gambit 2.e4
1.d4 f5 2.e4 An aggressive and tough approach. White wants to attack at once and makes a central pawn sacrifice (White: I am a sorcerer, my attack will be powerful and brilliant).
Howard Staunton played his gambit for the first time in 1846  Staunton,H  Horwitz,B 10.
Here 2...d6 is weak and White gets an advantage by many ways 3.exf5 Bxf5 KeyLink Euwe,M  Weenink,H 10, 3.Nc3 Nf6 KeyLink Meijers,V  Koenig,D 10, 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bd3 Nc6 KeyLink Flohr,S  Hazenfuss,W 10, Leko,P  Tornai,I 10, 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bd3 fxe4 5.Ne4 KeyLink Malaniuk,V  Lopes,R 10. The greedy 2...fxe4 is correct (Black: Thanks a lot for the pawn).
2...fxe4
After 3.Nd2 Black obtains some edge with 3...Nf6 Bisguier,A  Bronstein,D 01.
White has two other continuations here: A) 3.f3 and B) 3.Nc3.
A) 3.f3
Now White obtains an advantage after 3...e3 KeyLink 4.Bxe3 Gurin,A  Stepanov,I 10, Psaras,S  Panagiotopoulos,N 10. White has good compensation for the pawn after 3...exf3 4.Nxf3 KeyLink Karaklajic,N  Matulovic,M ˝˝, Feicht,A  Panchenko,A 10. The debatable move 3...e5 leads to positions with chances for both sides Schlotter,D  Berlin,D 01, Dominiguez,J  Rios,E 10. Better is 3...d5.
3...d5!
Wise. Black defends his pawn and open way for the darksquared bishop. He gets a small edge Pinkerton,A  Tozer,R 01.
B) 3.Nc3
Stronger than 3.f3. White develops his knight and attacks the e4pawn. Now Black can play 3...g6 and 3...Nf6. White has a clear edge after 3...d5? KeyLink Luik,H  Nikolaevsky,Y 10, Bondarenko,V  Glek,I ˝˝.
3...g6 4.Nxe4
White has a minimal advantage after both 4...Bg7 5.Nf3 KeyLink Timoscenko,G  Gazik,I 10 and 4...d5 5.Ng5 KeyLink Baudot,D  Goerens,J ˝˝, Schebler,G  Danner,G 10. Probably, this plan with 3...g6 is suited for the Leningrad Dutch experts.
3...Nf6
Logical. Now White can try 4.g4, 4.f3 and 4.Bg5. The main line 4.Bg5 will be considered in the next chapter 11. Staunton Gambit 2...fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5.
4.g4
The psychic attack. White wants to scare his opponent and to crush the Black's position quickly. After the weak 4...d5?! KeyLink it is possible sometimes Thorfinnsson,B  Sebe Vodislav,R 10, Najer,E  Kharashkina,B 10, Lys,J  Vagner,T 10. But Black can stop the rival's activity with 4...h6! KeyLink Schulze,H  Jugow,A 01, Dalkiran,S  Onischuk,A 01, 4...h6! 5.f3 KeyLink Tyroler,A  Araiza Munoz,J 01, Conquest,S  Malaniuk,V 01, Ligterink,G  Van Mil,J 10, Dutch Defence  2.e4 fe4 3.Nc3 Line and gets an edge.
4.f3
Black has four options 4...Nc6, 4...e3?! 5.Bxe3, 4...exf3?! 5.Nxf3 and 4...d5!.
4...Nc6
This leads to a small edge to White Lehmann,H  Smyslov,V 01, Grigorian,K  Tal,M ˝˝, Slavina,I  Lewandowska,K 10.
4...e3?! 5.Bxe3
White has the better chances Ratner,B  Aratovsky,N 10, Orlov,G  Edwards,M ˝˝.
4...exf3?! 5.Nxf3
White has good compensation for the pawn after 5...d5 KeyLink Mikenas,V  Kotov,A 10, 5...e6 6.Bd3 KeyLink Jacobson,E  Model,A 10. After 5...g6 White must prefer 6.Bg5 with compensation, please see in the line 4.Bg5 g6 5.f3 exf3 6.Nxf3 in the next chapter, because 6.Bf4 is unclear Walter,R  Schwab,M 10, Delvecchio,H  De Boni,J 01, Napora,D  Weber,K 01.
4...d5!
Simple and good. Black gets a minimal advantage after 5.Bg5 Bf5 KeyLink Gurin,A  Gumerov,R 01, 5.Bg5 Bf5 6.Qd2 KeyLink Poliak,E  Sakharov,Y 01, Roods,S  Deng,K 01 and after 5.fxe4 dxe4 6.Bc4 KeyLink Menyhart,T  Krizsany,L 01, Summers,C  Zeidler,S 01, Abbasifar,H  Dovliatov,S 01and after 6.Bg5 Bf5 KeyLink Lasker,E  Alekhine,A 01, Gulko,B  Gurevich,M 01, Vafiadis,K  Grunberg,M 01, 6.Bg5 Bf5 7.Bc4 KeyLink Abbasifar,H  Dzhumaev,M 10, 6.Bg5 Bf5 7.Bc4 Nc6 8.Nge2 KeyLink Liardet,F  Malaniuk,V 01, 8...Qd7 KeyLink McAlpine,K  Timmerman,G ˝˝, Malinin,V  Skotorenko,V 10. But if White plays precisely he can level the game.
STAUNTON GAMBIT 2...fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5
1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5
The best reply. Black has no less than six continuations: A) 4...b6, B) 4...d5?, C) 4...c6, D) 4...g6, E) 4...e6?! and F) 4...Nc6!?.
A) 4...b6
An interesting idea. The arising positions are doubleedged with slightly better chances to White Rabinovich,A  Kaspi,A 10, Perdomo,L  Bartel,M 01.
B) 4...d5?
A mistake. White grabs the d5pawn after 5.Bxf6 exf6 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qxd5 KeyLink Anderssen,A  Dufresne,J 10, Goregliad,S  DeMoore,S 10 and 7...Bb4KeyLink Yagupov,I  Trunov,A 10.
C) 4...c6
Somewhat passive. Here weak is 5.Bxf6 exf6 6.Nxe4 d5 7.Ng3 KeyLink Dominguez Rueda,J  Vallejo Pons,F 01, 7...Bd6 KeyLink Neumann,G  Anderssen,A 01, Vinogradov,E  Anatsky,A 01. Better is 5.f3! and White has good compensation for the pawn after 5...exf3 KeyLink Lasker,E  Pillsbury,H 10, Lalic,B  Kovacevic,V 10, Dutch Defence  2.e4 fe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Line. White obtains some advantage after 5...e3 KeyLink as usually Berkovich,D  Potapov,A ˝˝ and after 5...Qb6 Martiska,P  Lanc,A 01. In the case of 5...d5 6.fxe4 dxe4 KeyLink White gets a small edge due to Black cannot continue the regular ...Nc6, because he has already played ...c6 Lehtinen,H  Kallio,H 10, Bauer,C  Tseitlin,M 10. White has the nice prospects and after 5...Qa5 6.Qd2 KeyLink Maksimenko,A  Malaniuk,V ˝˝, Santa Torres,L  Holness,M 10.
D) 4...g6
Black has a small edge, if White plays the dubious 5.Bxf6?! exf6 6.Nxe4 d5 KeyLink Norman,G  Tartakower,S 01, Toth,J  Krizsany,L 01. Harmless is 5.Bc4 Orzech,D  Jakubiec,A 01, Phillips,J  Curdo,J 01. Black has good counterplay after 5.h4 d5 6.h5 KeyLink Rubinraut,S  Shirazi,K 01. Again 5.f3! is better and White has nice compensation for the pawn after both 5...e3 KeyLink Purgin,N  Karagodin,V 10 and 5...exf3 6.Nxf3 Bg7 KeyLink Nemet,I  Roebers,J 10.
E) 4...e6?!
Here White has an easy and comfortable game. Also this position can arise after the transposition 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4. e4 fxe4. After 5.Nxe4 Be7 White gains an edge with 6.Nxf6+ Bxf6 KeyLink Levitt,J  Girinath,P 10, Palliser,R  Purton,B 10, 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Qh6 KeyLink Vera,R  Conejero Gimenez,J 10, 8.Qh6 Nc6 KeyLink Knaak,R  Ftacnik,L 10, Popov,V  Neiksans,A 10, 8.Qh6 Qe7 KeyLink Karr,J  Ragonese,L 10, 7.Nf3 Qe7 KeyLink Hase,M  Metzer,K 10, Koutsin,S  Naegele,H 10, 7.Nf3 Nc6 KeyLink Tukmakov,V  Zelic,M 10, 7.Nf3 b6 8.Bd3 KeyLink Kruppa,Y  Mahmoody,M 10, 7.Nf3 b6 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.Qe2 KeyLink Timoshenko,G  Antal,G 10, 7...00 KeyLink Savchenko,S  Van Parreren,H 10, Dizdar,G  Fercec,N ˝˝, 7...00 8.Bd3 KeyLink Lasker,E  Thomas,G 10, Rufener,M  Ali,M 01, 7...00 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.c3 KeyLink Efstathiou,D  Potapov,P 10, 9.c3 d5 KeyLink Svidler,P  Hassabis,D 10, Hernandez,Y  Hoang Thanh Trang 01.
A tough warrior never makes such moves as 4...e6.
F) 4...Nc6!?
The strongest continuation. Black increases his pressure in the centre by developing the queenside's knight. Now after 5.Bb5 KeyLink Black has dynamic counterplay with 5...a6 Breyer,G  Vajda,A 01, Cifuentes Parada,R  Malaniuk,V ˝˝, Van Mil,J  Hoeksema,H 10. The alternatives are 5.f3 and 5.d5 Ne5.
5.f3
Black gets good counterplay with 5...d5 KeyLink Cifuentes Parada,R  Willms,J 10, Toth,D  Wiley,T 01, Huang Qian  Hoang Thanh Trang ˝˝, 5...d5 6.fxe4 dxe4 KeyLink Cenal Gutierrez,R  Santo Roman,M 01, Ziese,G  Kalinitschew,S 01, Chow,A  Gurevich,D 01. After 5...e5 6.d5 Nd4 7.Nxe4 Be7 KeyLink Black has counterchances Horberg,B  Larsen,B 01, Blanco Gramajo,C  Milicevic,D 01, Cifuentes Parada,R  Schmittdiel,E 01.
5.d5 Ne5
The major position of the Staunton Gambit. White can choose between 6.Qe2, 6.Bxf6 exf6 and 6.Qd4 Nf7. Here 6.f3 is not popular but playable Moskalenko,V  Herrera Mellado,L 10.
6.Qe2
Black has sufficient counterplay with 6...c6!? Radjabov,T  Danielsen,H ˝˝, Hughey,M  Spraggett,K 01. Also 6...Nf7 is playable Mateuta,G  Berg,E 01, Eriksson,J  Berg,E ˝˝.
6.Bxf6 exf6
Black has no problems Fronczek,H  Agdestein,S 01.
6.Qd4 Nf7
Black has normal couterchances after 7.Nh3 KeyLink Markov,J  Berkovich,D 10, Durando,D  Wiley,T 01, 7.Bf4 Hall,R  Saunders,M 01. If 7.Bh4 then 7...g5! with sharp play in Katetov,M  Simagin,V 01, Sychev,A  Sokolowski,R 10.
On 7.h4 Black can use the calm 7...e5!? KeyLink Salamone,G  Markgraf,A 01 and the doubleedged 7...c6 8.000 KeyLink Felber,R  Alvarez Villar,H 10, Longa Yauca,J  Lopez de Turiso,J ˝˝.
Black has lively counterplay after 7.Bxf6 exf4 8.Qe4+ KeyLink Markus,J  Bosch,J 01, 8.Nxe4 f5!? 9.Nc3 KeyLink Ziese,G  Balinov,I 01, 8.Nxe4 f5!? 9.Ng3 KeyLink Gudmundsson,G  Donner,J 01, Juergens,V  Malaniuk,V 01, Naumann,A  Kindermann,S 10, 8.Nxe4 Be7 KeyLink Gnichtel,G  Lutz,C 01, 8.Nxe4 Be7 9.000 00 KeyLink Troeger,P  Tal,M 01, Kravtsov,S  Vyzmanavin,A 01, 10.f4 KeyLink Schroeder,W  Mainka,R 01, Vernersson,P  Agrest,E 01.
