Danish Gambit Part 2

 Game #1

 1. e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 Bb4+


With this temping move Black intends to complete the development of his Kingside as soon as possible.


White has two obvious answers: 6. Nc3 and 6.Nd2. Dubious should be 6.Bc3, which only reduces white’s attacking chances on the Kingside after 6…Bc3 7.Nc3 d6.


While you possess the initiative it is better to avoid simplifications. Every exchange should be rationalized. Meaning, it should bring some positional or tactical dividends.


6. Nc3

White completes his Queenside’s development. The knight is well placed on c3 from where it could control the center and in the nearest future the move Nd5 could become a reality.  


6… Nf6

Despite the fact that white has a clear superiority in the center black is challenging the e4 pawn.


Black invites white’s pawn to advance. After 7.e5 Qe7 8.Nf3 d6 and thanks to the pin on the “e” file white would obtain nothing special.  


7. Nge2 Indeed, white is opting for the sharpest line, sacrificing another pawn.



7…Nxe4? The trap is successful! Being 3 pawns ahead black will found himself in a losing position very soon. The main reason is well knows: Development.




White perfectly finishes his development, when black’s minor pieces on the Queenside have no chance to be involved in the battle.


8… Nxc3 9.Nxc3 Black has a difficult choice: How to move the King away from the center files, where white already intends to use his heavy artillery.



The 9… 0-0 effort will be met by 10.Nd5! White has too many threats where it’s a very difficult task to repair the all problems at once, for instance 10…Bd6 11. Qg4 g6 12. Nf6+ Kh8 13. Qh4 and nothing could save black’s King


9… Bxc3


10. Bxc3 The pair of bishops in an open position is a serious advantage.

White is aiming to eliminate the pawn on g7 or to start a mating attack with the Re1 check, leaving black’s King without castling.



10… 0–0 Black could think that everything is fine and the main danger has just passed away, but …. White has the bishop’s pair aiming at the black king, and the queen is only a move away!


If we look at the position carefully we discover certain combinational motifs, which are provoked by the shakiness of the black’s Kingside.


At first glance 11.Qd4 looks very powerful aiming at the frail g7 pawn. However black has the defense 11… Qg5 or even 11…Qf6 covering the dangerous diagonal.


That gives us a clue of how to prepare a killing blow. White has to provoke moving the pawn g7 and only then to set a battery on the long diagonal a1-h8.


11. Qg4! g6 The only way to stop Qg7 mate. Now, when the long diagonal is totally exposed white performs the main threat.


12. Qd4!  After which black is totally hopeless.



Black was going to play 12… f6, but the pawn f7 is pinned by the Bishop c4.There are no any good defenses against the inevitable 13.Qg7 or 13.Qh8 mate. 


Game # 2


After we’ve accurately concluded that 10…0-0 leads grave trouble, lets check another defensive recourse.


10…Qg5 Black protects the pawn on g7.


As it’s often happens, fixing one problem leaves another one unresolved.  

Black’s King is stuck in the center and white easily takes advantage of this factor.


11. Re1+

Remember that open lines benefit the better-developed side. Now black’s King is losing the right to castle, and white easily spreads its control over the whole board.


11… Kd8


Also loses is 11…Kf8 12.Bb4+ d6 13.Bd6 cd 14.Qd6 Kg8 15.Re8 mate. 




White is getting rid of pawn g7’s only defender.


12…Qxh4 13.Bxg7 white takes the pawn, attacks the rook on h8 and prepares a very nice combination.


13… Rg8 Black has to move the rook, thus attacking the bishop g7. Instead of moving the bishop back, white comes up with a crucial blow.


Look at the current position.

Let’s imagine that at some way white could distract the Queen from the d8-h4 diagonal, then the further Bf6 move checkmates black King.




For such a goal white could perform some extraordinary action:


14. Qg4! A Queen sacrifice. Although if black captures the Queen 14…. Qg4 15.Bf6 leads to the checkmate. 


14… Qh6 Black is trying to keep control over the f6 square, but the discovered check


15. Bf6+ crushes the position. The Rook g8 is hanging.


15… Qf6 


16. Qg8 checkmate.







14 Responses

  1. Nice basic post about the Danish. I noticed a few typos:
    – The first diagram should appear before 6…Nf6
    – You meant 14 Qxh4, not 14 Qxf4
    – You mean 14… Qh6, not 14 Qd6

  2. Thanks a lot for your message , I have fixed my typos.

  3. Hi Mr. Alterman,

    To begin, I would like to thank you for doing the gambit guide. Every Thursday mornings don’t seem too bad, because I know that I get to watch another one of your gambit guides. Your lessons have increased my interest and skill at chess a lot. I just have a quick question on this Danish gambit which I have been using alot lately. What happens if the do not take the pawn on b2, and instead play a move like NF6 – trying to develop. Nxc3? would that be the best response?

    Thanks =)

    David Spinozzi

    P.S. Sorry about the first message, I accidentally submited it when trying to indent. Pressed tab key and then the enter key.

  4. Hello David, After 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3. c3 Nf6 White could try to win more space and to play 4. e5!
    As well 4. Nc3 sounds good. The best response for Black against 3. c3 is 3…d5! sacrificing back a pawn , but destroying white’s center.

  5. Thanks!

  6. Hi again, I have another question in this gambit line. I have been analyzing the gambit with my friend, and i cant beat a line that he is playing its… 1e4 e5 2d4 exd
    3c3 dxc 4Bc4 cxb 5Bxb2 Bb4+ 6Nd2 Nf6 7Nf3 0-0 8 0-0 d5 9exd(ive also tried pushing the pawn to attack the knight) Bg4 10Nb3 Bd6 I have been unable to fetch good results from here. Have I gone wrong somewhere? is there a next series of moves that would be good or even just one from here? Anything else would help. Thanks!


  7. Hello Daviv, Try 7. Bf7! Kf7 and 8.Qb3 + winning back Bb4 and Blacks King lost the castling rights.

  8. WOW…. nice. just tried it out works like a charm. Thank you very much Mr. Alterman, you’re the best. =) I might have to put another message on if I have toubles – just to bother you ^.^. Thanks again and I look forward to Thursday.


  9. Hi Mr. Alterman,

    First of all, I want to thank you very much for your guide.
    I would like to learn more about Queen’s gambit and King’s gambit.


  10. Cristian, Thanks for your message..

    I will do my best about the Kings Gambit

  11. it is not totaly hopeless you can avoid the doble bishop mate placing the black qeen in front of the white one?


    e4 e5 d4 exd4 c3 dxc3 Bc4 cxb2 Bxb2 Bb4+ Nc3 Nf6 Nge2 Nxe4 O-O Nxc3 Nxc3 O-O Nd4 Qh4!!!!!!!!!!! Nxc7 Qxc4 puts an end to all whites attacking chances and gives a position slightly in Blacks favor

  13. 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Ne2 0-0! (Not greedy Nxe4) 8.0-0(e5!? d5!) c6! allowing the black Queen access to the Queenside. Of course the game is very tactical, White has some compensation,just not enough. This opening is a good surprise weapon, but not for repeated use.

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