The Danish

Chess is not an easy game if you like to be greedy. Here we have a look at the Danish Gambit, an opening where White offers some pawns for free but gets a DANGEROUS attack in return! Okay, letís have a look, so here goes. The first few moves are.

1.e4 e5 2.d4 

Is this a good move? Yes, even some of the best players in the world play this move. Moving the pawn into the centre opens up lines for the rest of the pieces. White is also threatening 3. dxe5!

2...exd4

Black usually takes.

3.c3

The Danish Gambit. It was called that since most of the players first to look at it were from Denmark...surprising! The main line goes: 3...dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2
 

This is the start position. Have a look at it carefully. White has been very generous giving away two pawns, but Black must be VERY careful. The plan is to develop his pieces like so Nc3, Nge2, 0-0, Qb3, Rad1, etc.

Blackís main choices here are:

A. 5...Nf6?!
B. 5...d5!!
C. 5...d6
D. 5...Bb4+


A. 5...Nf6?!

This allows White to play the annoying 6.e5 making the horse move again.

6.e5! Ng4 7.Nf3 Bb4+ 8.Nc3 0-0 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Nd5!

White has a brilliant position. All his pieces are active and Black has BIG trouble getting his pieces out. Look at the bishop on c8. What does it think itís doing?


B. 5...d5!!
 

A very GOOD move! The idea is to give BACK a pawn to free Blackís game. It took the Danish chess players a long time to find this sneaky move.

6.Bxd5

Have a think. Not 6...c6?? Woah. BIG mistake! Can you see the best reply? 7.Bxf7+! Ke7 8.Ba3+!! Uh-oh. The Black king will have to move and then the queen will be taken!

6...Nf6!!

This looks as bad as the move before, but have a CLOSER look! There is a difference.

7.Bxf7+

Yes, got that queen again. But have you?

7...Kxf7 8.Qxd8 Bb4+

Discovered attack! Gotcha.

9.Qd2 Bxd2+ 10.Nxd2

After all that, material is EQUAL. White has more control over the CENTRE though.


C. 5...d6

6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Nge2 Nf6 8.0-0 Be6 9.Nd5!

White pieces are very ACTIVE.


D. 5...Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Nge2

7. Bxf7+ was also a good move. Can you see why?

7...Nxe4

Black really must be in a greedy mood!

8.0-0 Nxc3

It took Black two moves to get his knight to e4, right. Now he swaps the piece off. Black has lost two moves (or two Ďtempií as the proís say).

9.Nxc3 Bxc3 10.Bxc3
 

10...0-0

Wow. Black must have been happy here three pawns ahead. But wait, White has a forced WIN!

11.Qg4!!

Whatís that? White threatens checkmate next move with 12.Qxg7++

11...g6

That stops it, but Black canít relax just yet.

12.Qd4
 

How can Black stop 13.Qg7 checkmate next move? Doah! He canít play 13...f6, pawn is PINNED! Black resigned here. Okay, youíve seen the Danish Gambit in action. Itís a very tricky opening and a good surprise weapon!!!