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Dutch, Staunton Gambit (A82)
1 d4 f5 2 e4

Number of games in database: 111
Years covered: 1846 to 2018
Overall record:
   White wins 45.9%
   Black wins 36.0%
   Draws 18.0%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Blackburne  5 games
David Bronstein  4 games
Alexander Alekhine  3 games
Wilhelm Steinitz  5 games
Savielly Tartakower  5 games
Jacques Mieses  3 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Euwe vs Weenink, 1923
Tartakower vs J Mieses, 1925
A E Blackmar vs A Labry, 1876
Ed. Lasker vs Alekhine, 1913
B Malisov vs Kupreichik, 1963
Leonhardt vs Chigorin, 1905
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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 111  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kieseritzky vs Horwitz 1-0561846Kieseritsky - HorwitzA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
2. Krefeld vs Amsterdam ½-½521853City MatchA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
3. Owen vs Anderssen 1-0461862LondonA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
4. Blackburne vs Steinitz ½-½201862Steinitz - Blackburne mA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
5. Blackburne vs Steinitz 0-1191862Steinitz - Blackburne mA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
6. Jaenisch vs Kolisch 1-0831863St PetersburgA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
7. Blackburne vs Steinitz ½-½201863London m2A82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
8. C Golmayo vs Steinitz 0-1211867ParisA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
9. A E Blackmar vs A Labry 1-0141876UnknownA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
10. K A Walbrodt vs G Makovetz ½-½611892DSB-07.KongressA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
11. Lasker vs Bird 1-0381899LondonA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
12. A Hodges vs E Hymes  0-1361900New YorkA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
13. Reggio vs Salvatore Troya  1-03919012nd Congress USIA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
14. Gunsberg vs Von Popiel ½-½461902Monte CarloA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
15. Agnes Margaret Crum vs Alice Elizabeth Hooke  1-0261906BCF-ch Women 3rdA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
16. Bogoljubov vs S A Langleben  1-0321912All Russian Amateur TtA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
17. Lasker vs Francois Cornelis Haalebos  1-0201920Simul, 28bA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
18. J Schweiger vs Tartakower 0-1321921BudapestA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
19. Tartakower vs J Mieses ½-½371921The HagueA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
20. Euwe vs Weenink 1-0341923AmsterdamA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
21. F K Overduyn vs F J M Steffelaar 1-0131925ScheveningenA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
22. Tartakower vs J Mieses 1-0151925Baden-BadenA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
23. Colle vs Tartakower  ½-½381926Hastings 1926/27A82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
24. W A T Schelfhout vs Z Proca  1-0331928OlympiadA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
25. A Tyroler vs J Araiza Munoz  0-1351928Wch AmateurA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-16-04  Minor Piece Activity: This has a really bad win percentage, but I hear that it's considered deadly. Is it overrated? I don't play 1. d4, but I do play the Dutch. =D
May-16-04  Lawrence: <MPA>, I don't see that A82 and A83 are all that bad.
Jun-13-04  Bad Star: Opening of the day. Theoretically the Staunton Gambit leads to equality, I think. That said, it may be one of the strongest answers to the dutch at the club-level where people don't know their theory.
Jul-29-05  Giancarlo: I've played against the stauton gambit a few times. If I recall it was dangerous. However I think I had winning numbers against it. To be precise 3 wins, 1 loss, and 3 draws
Sep-07-05  admeyer: I did a web search for info on this opening because there are not a whole lot of games in databases and opening books tend to ignore it for the most part. I know it is not the greatest system for black, but it virtually is all you need to play against any of white's most mainline first move choices. I got to it because of my need to avoid the Pirc with black. Against d4 players, my favorite is, 1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5! where I have an excellent record. The only set back was that when I played against tougher opposition, I would too often get: 1.d4 d6 2.e4 and I would go into the Modern which I was never too crazy about. I started looking for early deviations against this and saw the best way out was 2.f5, and although white should retain an opening advantage, the position is more than playable for black. I was then shocked to see so little of this system mentioned anywhere.

I am far from a professional player and I have very little time to devote to chess. At this point, I only have time to play online. I don't want to spend what little time I have for the game studying openings and have found a way to tighten-up my repertoire so that I can concentrate more on the middle and end game phases of chess.

Sep-07-05  Juan De Pisto: I have seen this some time ago, seems an interesting choice for a gambit player, and after all if a solid player like Staunton played it, then must be not so "unsound".
Mar-19-06  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of winning combinations in the A82 Staunton miniatures:
Oct-31-06  GeauxCool: Five Chapters of Info, annotated games, on this opening Part 1

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  refutor: inspired by Keith Hayward's analysis (linked to by GeauxCool above, although i found them separately) i have been taking up 1.d4 f5 2.e4 d6 as a way to decline the Staunton gambit and it's fun for blitz. i'm sure that rybka would rip me up but tartakower gave it a go (by transposition admittedly, but declining the lisitsin gambit which is another interesting try) so it can't be completely terrible :)

Bogoljubov vs Tartakower, 1936

Sep-28-10  rapidcitychess: Opening of the day. 2...e6 is the only alternetive to the main line and is deemed inferior. I belieave the reason is that the fatal diagonal has been weakened, and the same can be said of the light squares. This also can happen in the Staunton gambit accepted, but at least black has a pawn for his/her troubles.
Sep-28-10  ughaibu: 2....d6 is known as Balogh's defence. Kind of obviously, 2....e6 isn't the "only alternative".
Sep-29-10  rapidcitychess: <ughaibu> I meant 2...d6, but 2...e6 seems suspicious.
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