Robert Ris' Fast and Furious: Having fun with the Halloween Gambit

by Robert Ris
3/11/2021 – In this week's show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at at a wild but entertaining gambit: the Halloween Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5!?. Have fun and enjoy! | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Bold and daring: the Halloween Gambit!

Have you always thought that the Four Knights Opening is boring? Then you probably haven't heard of the Halloween Gambit! After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 White does not continue to develop but instead tries the rather shocking 4.Nxe5!?, a popular choice among club players.

White's main idea is to quickly seize the initiative by advancing pawns in the centre, harassing the black knights. Many Black players will be unfamiliar with this concept and will struggle to find a satisfying solution.

However, White still sacrifices a piece, and in quite a number of lines Black will be able to get an advantage, but that shouldn't discourage the daredevils! White's lead in development will certainly give you great attacking chances - so why not give it a try!?

But first a warm-up: White to play


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Robert is an International Master who mostly spends his time training and coaching talented youngsters. On the PlayChess server The Fast and the Furious is a popular show where he explains sharp opening lines for a wider audience. He is also a well-known ChessBase author who produced numerous DVDs and regularly contributes to ChessBase Magazine as well. Since 2015 he is the organizer of the Dutch Rapid Championships in his home town Amstelveen. He has started a YouTube channel with chess analysis as well.


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