Winning Lead in Development


The following Blitz game played at ICC occurred after Black answered 1. d4 with 1. … e5. This dubious opening is called the Elephant gambit, Englund Counterattack, or the Queen’s Pawn counter gambit. It is OK to play an opening like this in blitz chess, but risky to essay such a move order in a long USCF game or a postal game. Many gambits are explored in correspondence chess, but I don’t think the Elephant gambit is one of them.

Black is hoping for From’s gambit type aggressive play after 2. de d6 3. ed Bxd6 , but if White is not too greedy his chess men will come out faster and the first player will gain the initiative.

That is what happened in the following chess board diagram. With all the heavy pieces remaining, it is  Black’s move and he is losing material in all variations. Note that Black is cramped and White’s towers completely dominate the central e and d files. Black lashes out with b5 which lead to the loss of a minor piece after Bxf6 (Bishop captures Knight)


White outstrips Black in Piece Development