♡ 60 ( +1 | -1 ) 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5I just finished a game with this gambit, which I tried just for something different. I knew nothing about it, and had thought about the Latvian (2. ... f5) and figured well if 2. ... f5 is okay, why not 2. ... d5. I also played it for a while in blitz and had great success with it (probably more as surprise value, though the lines that developed were as much of a surprise to me!), scoring a win nearly every time (including against several Class A/Expert level players)!
Anyone know if this gambit has a formal name? Anyone ever played it or have any insight to it?
♡ 39 ( +1 | -1 ) A quick glance atThe Oxford Companion to Chess reveals the name Queen's Pawn Counter-Gambit, which is dull as names go. The line was mentioned in a book by B. Asperling in a book published in 1690.
As might be expected, the line has a dubious reputation. But they say that about the Polish Defense, and I've drawn a much stronger player playing the Polish in a game on a server similar to GameKnot.
♡ 22 ( +1 | -1 ) Played as a gambit I believe that it's called Elephant Gambit. Played as a non-gambit, i.e. 3.exd5 Qxd5 and retreating the queen to e6, it has been named "Comfortable Defence" in an article about it in the German magazine Kaissiber.
♡ 93 ( +1 | -1 ) Thanks. Knowing it's the Elephant Gambit, allowed some pretty good info regarding it from a simple internet search.
Readers might be interested in:
which gives a pretty good summary of some of the lines with examples (including, for example, one where Karpov as white only managed a draw). The author, Tim Harding, noted that it becomes the Elephant gambit after 3. exd5 Bd6, where the movement of the Bishop is key (presumably because from what I remember the Bishop used to be the "elephant" in old Arabia).
The article also mentioned some of the tactical complexities which arise, which I definitely noted in using it in blitz.
If anyone is interested in exploring this opening further, respond below and maybe we can make a go of it as a mini-tournament or something.