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Jorge E Castro Soromenho vs Vegard Andersen
Canarias en Red prel 5th (2004) (blitz), INT, rd 3, May-07
Englund Gambit Complex: General (A40)  ·  0-1



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  FSR: One wonders if 4.Nc3!? intending 4...Nxe5 5.Nd5, or 4...g5 5.Nd5 Qd8 6.Bxg5! Qxg5 7.Nxc7+, is better. Looks scary for Black. Perhaps Diemer's 3...g5!?, as in Elsner vs E J Diemer, 1987, is an improvement, although it doesn't look too trustworthy, either.
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  FSR: Elaborating on my prior comment: Stefan Bücker observes that 3.Bf4 was recommended by Pablo Viaggio of Buenos Aires in The Myers Openings Bulletin 20 (1981), p. 16f. Bücker tried 3...Qe7 4.Nc3 Nxe5 5.Nd5 Qd6 6.Nf3 f6, but points out that 7.e4 Ne7 8.Nxe5 fxe5 9.Qh5+ wins. Bücker says that 3...g5 may be better, but that rather than 4.Bg3, 4.Bd2 "is equally critical, and White certainly stands better." Bücker suggests instead 3...f6 4.Nf3 fxe5 5.Nxe5 Qf6 6.Nd3 "in the style of a Soller Gambit. The computer doesn't see enough compensation for the pawn, but Black can develop quickly, he has the e and the f-file, and he can strive for d5 or g5. In practice Black will have reasonable chances."
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  FSR: White's 5.Nc3!? (instead of the main line 5.Bd2 Qxb2 6.Nc3!) is playable, but of course after 5...Qxf4 (5...Qxb2 6.Bd2! transposes to the main line), 6.Nd5! (rather than White's 6.e3??) is forced and considered favorable to White.
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  FSR: Another line I just considered: 3...Qe7 4.Nc3! Nxe5 5.Nd5 Qd6 6.e4 c6 (instead of Bücker's 6...Ne7) 7.Nxe5! cxd5 [7...fxe5? 8.Qh5+ g6 (8...Kd8 9.Bxe5 ) 9.Qxe5+ ] 9.Nd3 (very messy is 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Nxg6 Qb4+ 10.Kd1! hxg6 11.Qxh8 Qxb2 - worth looking at with an engine) Qe6 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Qxd5 with an extra pawn.
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  fredthebear: <FSR> Thank you for the analysis and following up on it. You saved some homework for folks, or tickled their curiosity to do more with the various options available.

For those lost in the fog, the Englund Gambit 1.d4 e5 is dubious for Black or it would be played as frequently as it's king pawn likeness, the Scandinavian 1.e4 d5. If the 1.d4 White player is properly prepared and sufficiently careful, s/he'll welcome the gambit by taking advantage of the Black queen losing too much time retreating or benefit from the extra pawn in the endgame. Still, the Englund Gambit is worth a try in an occasional blitz game.

White's best bet is to accept the Englund Gambit with 2.dxe5. However, Black had better have a plan in mind if White DECLINES the gambit pawn w/2.d5?!, 2.e4 (Danish Gambit/Center Game/Scotch Game/Petrov's Defense), 2.Nc3?! (offering a reverse Center Counter), 2.Nf3!? (perhaps a reverse French Steinitz) 2.e3 or 2.c3. Gee whiz, our chess opponent is not required to cooperate with our plans!

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  FSR: <fredthebear> All of the alternative second moves you suggest are playable, but 2.dxe5! is the only attempt at a refutation. If your opponent hangs a pawn, you should take it.
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  FSR: For more analysis of the Englund, see
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