Elephant Gambit

The Elephant Gambit, also called the Queen Pawn Counter Gambit, is a gambit line for Black against e4. The start line is 1.e4 e5, 2.Nf3 d5.

Diagram: Queen Pawn Counter Gambit (Elephant Gambit)

White usually accepts this gambit, since declining the gambit is quite passive, and the accepted lines of the gambit are not that fearsome. White can also avoid the gambit by playing the Bishop Opening, although this gambit is not really feared, so why avoid it?

One recently popular line in the gambit involves 3..Bd6, making no attempt to recover the gambited pawn, but instead focusing on development and attack.

Diagram: Elephant Gambit with 3..Bd6

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