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The Elephant Walk
Every die hard gambit player is always looking for a black opening that will fit his or her slash and burn style of chess. However, my personal experience is that playing a gambit as black is a bit more dicey than playing it as white. I suspect it has something to do with being a bit behind since white has the first move and, at least theorhetically, falling a bit further behind by giving up the gambited pawn. Now that's red flag enough right there for you fient hearted positional players to start hitting the back button. But, gambit players as a whole aren't known for their timid tactics and black gambits such as the Elephant suit them just fine.
These are the crucial elements for the Elephant Gambit. You can't get there without white's help in the form of 2.Nf3. Most successful adherents to the gambit insist on 3. ..Bd6, whatever white's third move. Though far from an expert on any opening, I agree with this dogma on the Elephant. Enough of hearsay (I can't even call this theory), let's look at couple of games.
As you can see from the date on the above game, the idea of the Elephant has been around for at least 100 years. Maroczy worked his magic with the 3. ..Bd6 ploy. Now, look at this later game where a different tact is taken on the third move.
Notice the venerable Herr Diemer takes a less subtle approach to move three with 3. ..e4, probably the most popular thrid move for the Elephant player.
Here are a couple of more Elephants that were previously on my main page, including the recent game by Tom Purser who co-authored what may have been the key text on the gambit, now, unfortunately, out of print. If you want to lean more about the opening do two things, surf over to the Chess Digest and order Englishman Jonathan Rogers little booklet Winning with the Elephant Gambit then write Tom and encourage him to get his book back in print. In the meantime enjoy the games.
I f you are hungry for more Black gambit play here is Greg's complete Elephant compliation from ICC for download in PGN format. If you have any thoughts or theory on the Elephant Gambit you are willing to share, please drop me a line.