Evans Gambit – Part 5

Morphy,Paul – Morphy,Alonzo

New Orleans, 1849  

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.d4 exd4 7.cxd4 Bb6 8.0–0 Na5?!  

Black opts for this move, intending to remove white’s bishop from the a2-g8 diagonal, where it aims the weakest spot – f7 pawn.  


White has a strong position in the centre; it should compensate the sacrificed pawn.  


It seems that black started to underestimate white’s recourses. Black is lacking in development, thus the game opens in white’s favor.  

10.exd5 Qxd5 11.Ba3!

Morphy immediately places his bishop on the most aggressive outpost, preventing black from further castling.  

11… Be6

Black is attempting to cover the d5 square, though white’s initiative continues without any difficulties. 

12.Nc3 Qd7  

Other than the rook on f1 white has all his pieces in almost ideal positions, the question are how to continue?

13. d5!

A breakthrough at the most defended spot! White big lead in development permits him to sacrifice another pawn.  

13… Bxd5 14. Nxd5 Qxd5  

Finally all files are open. Black cannot prevent the loss of his Queen any longer.

15. Re1+

 and Black resigned as after 15…Kd8 just 16.Bc4 is curtains.

 For instance : 16… Qd1 17.Rad1 Kc8 18. Re8 Mate!



One Response

  1. Hello Mr. Alterman. I love your lectures. I have a question on a line that I came across in the Evan’s gambit recently that I had never seen before. The line went like this:

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 .4. B4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4 7. 0-0 Nge7

    At which point I became slightly confused. I played 8. Ng5, and he immediately responded with 8…d5. I have never seen this line before, and it would be a great help if you can point me to the right tactical and positional themes involved.

    Thank you and keep up your amazing lectures!

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