the Englund gambit

A gambit in chess is where a player offers a pawn to his opponent for the means of taking control of the board on his own terms. The Englund gambit is actually a very effective maneuver against many queen’s pawn games (except for maybe the queen’s gambit). The Englund gambit is as follows:
d4 e5?!

diagram (12)Similar to the Scandinavian defense, black is attempting to be aggressive and get a cheap shot on white’s queen this time. As such, it requires patience in order to develop. After d4xe5 black’s next move should be d6?!. Should white take, this enables black to get his bishop out and he now has a better development in terms of pieces than black.diagram (13)Wait! What about the queen exchange? Yes, an alternative is Qxd6, however, like I said, the queen exchange requires patience. What you want to do is develop your pieces. If white wants to castle, taking his queen at d1 where she stands currently or doing something about that other bishop before taking that queen has far more strategic value in the end game. As such, black’s assault should be directing his attention toward the square b4 and white’s mission should be defending that square. The alternative trade-off here though is, if white does not want to exchange his queen at all, black will gain the upper-hand eventually in the development at the expense of a pawn.


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