Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Halloween Gambit

Here's a game with that scariest of openings, the Halloween Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5?!). It may be dubious if Black responds perfectly. But if not, White gets frightening attacking chances:

4 comments:

Maret Thorpe said...

Thanks, Fred! I always wondered what the Halloween gambit was, and was too lazy to look it up. You get a reese's for that.

Bill Brock said...

8...d5! and Black is better, no?

But if I were playing blitz on ICC, I'd still bet on Brause.

GreenCastle said...

It's hard to justify the nerves it would take to try to hold onto the piece when 5...Bb4! is a perfectly good response.

Bill Brock said...

5...Bb4 6.exd5 Nxe4 7.Qg4 (in the spirit of the Schliemann) gives White more play than any miscrant soul deserves