63 ( +1 | -1 ) Replying to Evans Gambit.I was once clobbered in a team match by Evan’s Gambit, making the mistake of repatriating my bishop to c5 (caught out by the general principle of not putting minor pieces on the rim.)
Once bitten, twice shy, I had more luck the second time around recently and defended with:
187 ( +1 | -1 ) Sort of an explanation...I am no Evans expert; I like playing it though. 5. ... Bc5 has the problem that 6. d4 (which White will play whatever Black's response) attacks it immediately. So Black has to do something about that immediately. In the 'main line' 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5/a5 6. d4 exd4 7. 0-0 dxc3, 7. ... dxc3 causes a problem in the 5. ... Bc5 line because then 8. Bxf7+ is possible, followed by 8. ... Kxf7 9. Qd5+ and White has ruined Black's position, more or less. It's not decided at that point but White certainly has the more comfortable position. After 5. ... Ba5, this line is not possible since the Bishop is covered by the Knight on c6. Black often retreats his Bishop to b6 afterwards, where its position is quite solid. 5. ... Be7 on the other hand was regarded to be a good response for Black until Kasparov played this in a game against Anand;
Some points to look at while playing Evans (from the White side): * Take control of the centre with d4 - delay castling until you don't have a better move; * Qb3 becomes a strong move if f7 only can be covered by the Black Queen (not by Nh6!!), always look out for a Na5 move then; * Ba3 is a beautiful move for White, if the Black d pawn has gone since Black can't castle anymore then; if there still is a d pawn, try to lure it away with e5; * The initiative is more important than pawns – don't worry about your c3 pawn, cxd4 is only an option if there is no better move; * De Bishop on a5 is an important attacking point - look at double attacks with Qa4+ or Qh5+, possibly with preparing moves (like Bxf7+); * f7 always is a weak point; always consider Ng5 to put more pressure on it; * If Black hasn't castled yet, an attack on the e line can be very strong -don't close it up too soon with dxe5, sometimes Re1 is stronger.