Evans Gambit – Part 4


Morphy,Paul – De Riviere,Jules Arnous 

Paris m3 Paris, 1858


1.e4 e5  2.Nf3 Nc6  3.Bc4 Bc5  4.b4 Bxb4  5.c3 Bc5 6.0–0 d6 7.d4 exd4 8.cxd4 Bb6  9.Nc3 Nf6 10.e5! d5

 This advance is not the one called for to solve black’s positional problems.   

11. exf6!  

Only with energetic play will White be able to achieve something. After other moves black would be given a chance to complete his development.  

11… dxc4  12. fxg7 Rg8   

Everything goes smoothly. Black’s Kingside is totally exploded.  



Doesn’t help 13…Ne7 14.Bg5 Be6 15. d5!  


Thanks to the pin on the “e” file white gains a virtually winning position.  

14… Qf6

Black must try to aim at the only unprotected piece in the white camp. 

15. Bg5! Qxc3 16. dxe6  

White has now regained the sacrificed pieces and the black king is in a hopeless situation. Let’s see how black got mated in just a few moves.


16…Qd3 17. exf7+ Kxf7 


18. Re7+!




The rook is untouchable  18…Ne7 will be met by 19.Ne5+ fork!


19. Qe1!


 Exploits the hanging position of the Queen on d3. Rd1 is coming!  


The black queen is buzzing around the board, desperately trying to divert the white pieces, alas without such success.  

 20.Rd1 Nd4  

All white’s pieces are harmoniously attacking. There is a very strong threat coming up, how would you continue the attack?  


The last hope is gone. By this simple sacrifice white eliminates the only piece that was able to protect the King from the further decisive check.  

21…Bxd4  22.Qb1+


Black resigned


One Response

  1. Hello Mr Alterman

    After 9 Nc3, for white, for 3 games, my opponents have played Bg4 instead of the dubious Ne7 or Nf6 and despite the fact that black’s position is not so clear, i have been struggling to find the correct move that keeps the pressure on black; what does white need to respond after 9… Bg4

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