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Evans Gambit (C51)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 b4

Number of games in database: 1068
Years covered: 1829 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 52.9%
   Black wins 32.1%
   Draws 15.0%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Adolf Anderssen  73 games
Gustav Richard Neumann  33 games
Paul Morphy  30 games
Wilhelm Steinitz  34 games
Adolf Anderssen  33 games
Gustav Richard Neumann  23 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
H Clemenz vs Eisenschmidt, 1890
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995
Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1869
Anderssen vs J Finch, 1851
Steinitz vs Dubois, 1862
F Rous vs J Cervenka, 2001
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 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,068  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Captain Evans vs McDonnell 1-020 1829 London (England)C51 Evans Gambit
2. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais 0-143 1834 London m4 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
3. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell ½-½41 1834 London m4 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
4. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-026 1834 London m4 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
5. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-037 1834 London m4 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
6. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell ½-½39 1834 London m4 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
7. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-042 1834 London m4 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
8. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais ½-½29 1834 London m5 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
9. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais 1-052 1834 London m5 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
10. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-021 1834 London m5 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
11. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais 1-025 1834 London m5 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
12. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-0100 1834 London m5 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
13. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 0-142 1834 London m5 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
14. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 0-127 1834 London m6 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
15. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-041 1834 London m6 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
16. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-030 1834 London m6 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
17. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-060 1834 London m6 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
18. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais 1-020 1834 London m6 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
19. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 0-167 1834 London m6 ;HCL 18C51 Evans Gambit
20. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-023 1834 LondonC51 Evans Gambit
21. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-029 1834 MatchC51 Evans Gambit
22. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-032 1834 MatchC51 Evans Gambit
23. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell 1-031 1834 MatchC51 Evans Gambit
24. Szen vs F Slous  ½-½48 1836 London (England)C51 Evans Gambit
25. La Bourdonnais vs H H Boncourt 1-033 1836 Paris (France)C51 Evans Gambit
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Apr-13-08  Nikita Smirnov: Evans's Gambit then!!!!
May-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Chigorin: It isn't a gambit named "Evans" after all, but a gambit belonging to Captain Evans.>

It's both. The use of proper names in chess openings is not consistent; thus we have Lasker's Defense, but the Chigorin System in the Ruy Lopez (not Chigorin's System). I am not sure about this, but I think 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 generally goes by "the Chigorin Defense" and not "Chigorin's Defense."

So there is no hard and fast rule here. But I think calling the OOTD just "the Evans Gambit" makes sense, because people seem to have such trouble when apostrophes and the letter "s" come together. Every time I see someone write "Evan's Gambit" I die a little inside.

May-15-08  Nikita Smirnov: Why isn't the Evans Gambit popular anymore?
I myself play the Evans Gambit so I really want to know.
May-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Why isn't the Evans Gambit popular anymore? I myself play the Evans Gambit so I really want to know.>

Yes, I play it too. Not to be a smart aleck, but the reason it isn't popular is that it loses a pawn.

Other reasons:

3. Bb5 is a lot more popular than Bc4.

If you do play 3. Bc4 you are going to see a lot of Two Knights Defenses, and a lot of chessplayers would rather not deal with that.

FWIW, in the database, the Evans scores very poorly compared to the King's Gambit.

May-15-08  Nikita Smirnov: But I feel that d3 is the best answer to a two knights game. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3
And my idea is to play Nb1-c3-e2-g3,0-0,Bc1-e3 (or g5),c2-c3,b2-b4,a2-a4 and get a good attack on the Q-side.But you can also play h2-h3 and try to play something involving g4 with a attack.After h2-h3 there is also an interesting ide with Nf3-h2 and f2-f4. What do you think of it?
May-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Nikita Smirnov: But I feel that d3 is the best answer to a two knights game. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 And my idea is to play Nb1-c3-e2-g3,0-0,Bc1-e3 (or g5),c2-c3,b2-b4,a2-a4 and get a good attack on the Q-side.But you can also play h2-h3 and try to play something involving g4 with a attack.After h2-h3 there is also an interesting ide with Nf3-h2 and f2-f4. What do you think of it?>

Fine, but not exactly pulse-pounding. On the other hand, someone who plays the Two Knights would probably hate it, so that's something.

May-15-08  Nikita Smirnov: <keypusher: <Nikita Smirnov: But I feel that d3 is the best answer to a two knights game. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 And my idea is to play Nb1-c3-e2-g3,0-0,Bc1-e3 (or g5),c2-c3,b2-b4,a2-a4 and get a good attack on the Q-side.But you can also play h2-h3 and try to play something involving g4 with a attack.After h2-h3 there is also an interesting ide with Nf3-h2 and f2-f4. What do you think of it?> Fine, but not exactly pulse-pounding. On the other hand, someone who plays the Two Knights would probably hate it, so that's something.>

Right now I am just experimenting it.But I hope some persons will share this idea and play it.The endgame postitions may be very funny because of the strange pawn structure. Another thing to add is that in the g5 line with the bishop.Then the bishop will be exchanged in many lines.And the white fielded bishop can get an outpost on d5 if a weakness like b5 comes.

May-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <But I hope some persons will share this idea and play it.>

You can find dozens of games like what you've described. Although h3 and g4 is obviously risky.

May-15-08  Nikita Smirnov: <keypusher: <But I hope some persons will share this idea and play it.> You can find dozens of games like what you've described. Although h3 and g4 is obviously risky.>

I know that I am a bit of a strange person with my ideas.That idea with h3 and g4 is risky as you said,but in my experiments it is a good and interesting idea.But it is a risk you can take and throw over your pieces to the kings side.

May-15-08  Chigorin: You'll have to forgive me guys. The mistake is all mine. You see I had intended to post a comment on a site dedicated to chess games and only ended up here at chesspunctuation.com by mistake!
May-15-08  Billy Vaughan: Hey, you look like you'd know. I keep bumping into ChessGames again, but could you show me the way to ChessSarcasm?
May-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Chigorin: You'll have to forgive me guys. The mistake is all mine. You see I had intended to post a comment on a site dedicated to chess games and only ended up here at chesspunctuation.com by mistake!>

Repent, sinner! When Zombie Captain Evans climbs out of his grave and exacts his gruesome revenge on you, it will be too late to appreciate the importance of proper punctuation.

May-15-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Too late!

From newsdesk at chesspunctuation.com:

Unusual activity was reported at cemetery located in the churchyard at Nieuwpoortse-Steenweg, lawn number 8, grave 39.

Stone was moved and casket was empty.

Chess forensic experts have linked the disturbance to a posting on chessgames.com and a possible misspelling.

Ask that user <Chigorin> avoid high seas between Wales and Ireland until this matter is resolved.

May-15-08  Red October: of course at chessspelling.com the debate continues between Chigorin and Tchigorin
May-16-08  Billy Vaughan: Chigorin vs Lasker, 1895
May-20-08  Nikita Smirnov: <Red October: of course at chessspelling.com the debate continues between Chigorin and Tchigorin>

In Sweden the spelling is strange in the russian names.Like Tjigorin,Sjomin,Morozevitj and so on.

May-22-11  Penguincw: Opening of the Day
The Kentucky Opening
1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗c4 ♗c5 4.♗xf7+
Dec-01-11  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

The Kentucky Opening
1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗c4 ♗c5 4.♗xf7+


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Wait a minute. Same opening as May 22nd? Weird...

Dec-22-11  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Evans Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗c4 ♗c5 4.b4


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Jul-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "This brilliant attacking opening was invented to make men understand that chess is a gift from God."

- Savielly Tartakower (on 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4)

Jul-27-12  JoergWalter: "an opening which someone floridly described as "a gift of the gods to a languishing chess-world"

Tartakower in "500 master games of chess" as introduction to

Dufresne vs Harrwitz, 1848

Jul-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: OK, so is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.b4 Bxb4 the Evans Gambit: Hungarian Defense Delayed variation?
Jul-27-12  JoergWalter: <TheFocus: OK, so is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.b4 Bxb4 the Evans Gambit: Hungarian Defense Delayed variation?>

not really, I guess.

Jul-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Darn. Thought I was onto something there!
Jul-27-12  JoergWalter: <TheFocus: Darn. Thought I was onto something there!>

I found a way to make something out of it. We shall just market it as a secret weapon which was deeply analysed between Fischer, Leko, Portisch and the Polgar sisters. And up today it scored 100% (don't tell anybody it is 0 out of 0) :-)

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