Budapest Gambit
Chess Opening Surprise for Black versus d4 c4 Setup

The Budapest Gambit (Budapest Defense) is not often played among chess grandmasters. It is more or less a surprise weapon on lower levels of chess.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5
budapest gambit

Black offers his e-pawn which he will regain later on.

It starts with the following moves:
1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 2.c2-c4 e7-e5 3.d4xe5 Nf6-g4

budapest gambit

White can return the pawn and usually keeps a small advantage without risks. This opening can lead to sharp tactical games.

Main variations are:
4.Bc1-f4 Nb8-c6 5.Ng1-f3 Bf8-b4+ 6.Nb1-d2 Qd8-e7 7.e2-e3 (Karpow)
4.e2-e4 (Aljechin)
4.Bc1-f4 Nb8-c6 5.Ng1-f3 Bf8-b4+ 6.Nb1-c3 Qd8-e7 7.Qd1-d5 (protect the pawn)
4.Bc1-f4 Nb8-c6 5.Ng1-f3 Bf8-b4+ 6.Nb1-c3 BxNc3 7.bxc3 Qd8-e7 8.Qd5 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 etc.
4.Ng1-f3 Bf8-c5 5.e2-e3 Nb8-c6
Play this opening to train your tactical abilities, but study the typical variations first.

Budapest-Gambit - Games


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