Falkbeer Countergambit (C31-32)

The Falkbeer CounterGambit is a chess opening that begins: 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5

In this aggressive counterGambit, Black disdains the pawn offered as a sacrifice, instead opening the centre to exploit White's weakness at the kingside. After the standard capture, 3.exd5, Black may reply with 3...exf4, transposing into the King's Gambit Accepted, 3...e4, or the more modern 3...c6.

A well known blunder in this opening is White's reply 3.fxe5??, which after 3...Qh4+, either loses material after 4.g3 Qxe4+, forking the king and rook, or severely exposes the white king to the black pieces after 4.Ke2 Qxe4+ 5.Kf2 Bc5+. The opening bears the name of Austrian master Ernst Falkbeer, who played it in an 1851 game against Adolf Anderssen.

 

C31

King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer and Nimzowitsch (3....c6) CounterGambits

C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer and Nimzowitsch (3....c6) CounterGambits

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5

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Puzzels

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Study Games for C31

C31

C32

King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer, 5.dxe4

C32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer, 5.dxe4

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 e4 4. d3 Nf6 5. dxe4

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Study Games for C32

C32