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Re: C51: Evans Gambit Declined
Reply #1 - 11/09/13 at 09:33:23
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I am not aware of any recent sources about this but Black certainly gets a playable game with 4...Bb6 avoiding a sharp theoretical battle.

In "Play the Evans Gambit" by Tim Harding and Bernard Cafferty from 1997 (!) the authors conclude that 5 Bb2 Nf6 6 0-0 d6 7 a4 a6 8 b5 axb5 9 axb5 Rxa1 10 Bxa1 Na5 11 Ba2 Be6 12 Bxe6 fxe6 13 d3 0-0 from Barbier-Bos, French Corr ch 1935 leads to a playable position for both sides.

Their main line is 5 a4 a6 6 Nc3 Nf6 7 Nd5 Nxd5 8 exd5 Nd4 and here they recommend 9 Ra3!? intending Nxe5 or Nxd4 followed by Rf3. I haven´t checked but perhaps this is worth a look.
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C51: Evans Gambit Declined
11/08/13 at 06:19:11
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From what I've read online, the Evans Gambit is a respectable opening (a good reason to play the Two Knights), and that declining the gambit with 4...Bb6 is less correct than accepting it with 4...Bxb4. But online sources are fairly perfunctory on that last point. Can anybody suggest a line that "punishes" or "exploits" 4...Bb6?

These seem like the strongest lines:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bb6

I. Transpose to a variation of the main line (4.c3) Giuoco

5.c3 Nf6 6.d3
5.a4 a6 6.c3 Nf6 7.d3

II. The most commonly recommended line I see online

5.a4 a6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Nd5 Nxd5 8.exd5 Nd4
and then, from the video below, either
A. 9.a5 Ba7 10.O-O Nxf3 11.Qxf3 d6
B. 9.d6 Qf6 10.O-O Ne6 11.Bb2 cxd6 12.d4 e4 13.Nd2 Qg6 14.Bd5 f5 15.Nc4 Nf4 16.Ne3

III. The lines from the end of this video

5.Bb2 d6 6.b5 Na5 7.Be2 Nf6 8.Nc3 d5 9.d3 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.dxe4 Qxd1 12.Rxd1 f6 13.c4
5.Bb2 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nxb4 7.Nxe5 d5 8.exd5

Obviously, there a plenty of ways to deviate from these lines; I don't mean to pronounce those as the critical lines.

Personally, I like 5.Bb2. The other approaches seem either stodgy or have too much simplification from trading pieces.

What does everybody think? What's the best approach as white against the Evans Gambit Declined? And, as black, what do you think of 4...Bb6 v. 4...Bxb4?

Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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