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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Play the Halloween chess gambit to scare your opponents!

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Hi everyone,

Have a real fun Halloween and for all the chess lovers out there: Here's our advice!
Try the Halloween Gambit.

The Halloween Gambit, also known as the Müller-Schulze Gambit or Leipzig Gambit, is an aggressive gambit in chess, in which White sacrifices a knight for just one pawn. It is a branch of the normally staid Four Knights Game. The theoretician Oskar Cordel reported in 1888 that Leipzigclub players used it to dangerous effect but he did not believe it was sound. Their name for it, Gambit Müller und Schulze, was not after any players by those names; rather, it is a jocular German equivalent of "Smith and Jones" or "Tom, Dick and Harry". The opening is characterised by the moves

1. e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3. Nc3 Nf6
4. Nxe5
The goal of the gambit is to seize the center with pawns and drive back Black's knights. After 4...Nxe5, White usually plays 5.d4, in preference to 5.f4, which does not facilitate his development.

Check out wikipedia for a starter pack on the gambit. Enjoy.
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