This online chess lesson covers the Evans gambit is a variation of the Italian game and is named after the Welsh sea Captain William Davies Evans, he was the first player known to have employed it. The first game with the opening is considered to be Evans–McDonnell, London 1827. Having this said it is sound and frequently used by many grandmasters today.
The Italian Game, The Evans Gambit
The Evans Gambit is an exhilarating opening that has been used by World Champions like Fischer and Kasparov and was a favorite of American great, Paul Morphy. This opening is a good counterpart to the Italian Game and is worth learning for both white and black. White sacrifices their b-pawn to create quick play in the center and especially to pressure the pawn on f7. This opening will keep you on your toes tactically! Go through our videos and give it a shot!
Anderssen vs Dufresne 1852
The evergreen game was played between Adolf Andersen and Jean Dufresne in Berlin, Germany. It stays up to date up to this day, hence the name the evergreen game. Anderssen drags Dufresne into the deep waters and dangers of The Evans Gambit.
The first example game of the Evans Gambit is one of the most classic games in chess history, the evergreen game . This game was publishes in the “Deutsche Schachzeitung” in 1852 and played by Adolf Anderssen who is also famously known for playing the winning side of the “Immortal Game”. Play during this time period was usually all out attacking chess. This game is one of the crown jewels of this era and is still as incredible now as it was when it was played almost 170 years ago!
Paul Morphy plays the black side of the Evans Gambit against Napoleon Marache and makes it look easy. He finishes the game with a magnificent mate and creates a beautiful miniature as usual.
Paul Morphy was in my opinion the greatest player of the 1800’s. He was head and shoulders above the rest of his competition. Bobby Fischer among others looked up to the way Morphy handled open games especially. It didn’t matter which side of the board you were on, Morphy outclassed all competition in openings starting with 1. e4 e5. In this game we see him take the black side of an Evans gambit. Typically, this opening leads to miniatures from the white player’s point of view but with Morphy on the black side, the opposite happens. Enjoy the show, you are in for a treat!