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The Elephant Gambit is a rarely played chess opening beginning with the moves:

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 d5!?

In this gambit, Black ignores the attack on his e-pawn and immediately tries to wrest the initiative from White. The main idea is that Black has sacrificed a pawn to gain a move and must obtain compensation for it. The resulting position can be sharp for White, and thus may be a good surprise opening for Black. It is generally considered unsound, because if White plays accurately Black does not get sufficient compensation for the sacrificed pawn.

There are few games which are interesting and you can use them to understand how Chess Dynamics work in the Elephant Gambit!

Source: Golden Chess

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At first sight, White’s chances are preferable. He has two bishops, and although the one at b2 is passive, it is free to come into play via c1.

Black’s pawn majority on the queen-side is ephemeral (the move b4 doesn’t give anything in particular), whereas White is ready for activity in the centre.

He can first strengthen his position by the advance of the h-pawn, but White’s main aim is the e5-e6 breakthrough.

This threat is highly unpleasant and it is not altogether clear how to combat it. Read More… (Goldenchess.in)



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