For the developing student, this group of openings is an excellent training ground in tactics and active piece play. In the Center Game 1. White then regains this pawn by capturing on d4 with his Queen. Such an early Queen move is theoretically a liability, and after
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For the developing student, this group of openings is an excellent training ground in tactics and active piece play. In the Center Game 1. White then regains this pawn by capturing on d4 with his Queen. Such an early Queen move is theoretically a liability, and after Nc6, White indeed must back the Queen out of the center, losing time.
Despite this drawback, the Center Game offers White reasonably good chances, and Black must play energetically in midcourt to secure equality. The Danish Gambit 1. Bc4 cxb2 5. Bxb2 is an entirely different kettle of fish. Here, White sacrifices two pawns to accelerate development. This is not a humble opening, and if White fails to generate sufficient attacking possibilities, he will will simply be two pawns down with no compensation. Black, lacking development, must defend carefully.
Rather than clinging too greedily to his extra pawns, he should return one or both of them to mobilize his forces. The Goring Gambit 1. Nf3 Nc6 3. Here, White generally restricts himself to sacrificing only one pawn, thus minimizing much of the risk entailed in the Danish. The Scotch Gambit 1. Bc4 resembles the Goring Gambit, with the sacrifice of a single pawn for speedy development.
Exactly what constitutes a Scotch Gambit is not so clear to the casual player. It is often perceived as a transitional opening leading to a complex of related openings. The Scotch Game 1. With a pawn on e4 and a Knight on d4, White has the makings of a powerfully centralized game, and Black must conscientiously combine development and counterattack before White consolidates these assests into a concrete, permanent advantage.
This spirited thrust will allow Black to enter the middlegame on an even keel.
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Sep 11, Ho Hua rated it really liked it This is an interesting book for chess enthusiasts. Or rather, enthusiasts of the chess opening who want to spring opening traps on their board opponents. Nicely explained, with a short introduction to each of the openings mentioned. The drawback is that the book deals with dual e pawn openings only Jul 30, Buffalonickel rated it liked it Nice concept as everyone loves devastating his or her opponent in the opening of a match.
Chess Openings: Traps And Zaps
Chess Openings: Traps and Zaps