(C32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer, 5.de) 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 ...

Instead I made the move 3. fxe5

What can this variation can be named as?

 [Fen ""]
 [Event "Let's Play!"]
 [Site " Chess.com"]
 [Date "Jul 1, 2016"]
 [White "anandsadasivam"]
 [Black "MaximusXIV"]
 [Result "1-0"]
 [WhiteElo "1168"]
 [BlackElo "1000"]
 [TimeControl "1 in 14 days"]
 [Termination "anandsadasivam won on time"]
 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. fxe5  1-0

Wherein the one with ECO code C32 comes up like this

[Fen ""]
1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 e4 4. d3 Nf6 5. dxe4

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 is known as the Falkbeer Countergambit.

However, 3.fxe5?? is not a variation but a blunder. As Wikipedia explains, you will either lose material after 3...Qh4+, 4.g3 Qxe4+ (due to a fork between the King and the Rook), or expose your King to the black pieces after 3...Qh4+, 4.Ke2 Qxe4+ 5.Kf2 Bc5+.

I am not aware of a name for 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 e4 4. d3 Nf6 5. dxe4. Not every opening variation has a name.

  • I'd call the latter the Falkbeer Countergambit. It becomes a Falkbeer with 3...e4 and of course it is still a Falkbeer after the common continuation 4.d3 Nf6 5. dxe4 – bof Nov 2 '16 at 11:55
  • @bof I know it's the Falkbeer Countergambit; the Wikipedia link pointed to it. But I think the OP's question was about the name of variations within the Falkbeer Countergambit. – Tsundoku Nov 2 '16 at 12:15
  • How about "Main Line"? – bof Nov 2 '16 at 12:22
  • 1
    @bof 3.fxe5?? can hardly be called the main line. "Unusual sideline" or even "Blunder line" would be more appropriate. – Scounged Nov 3 '16 at 10:06
  • @Scounged As in my first comment, I was still referring to the line 4.d3 Nf6 5.dxe4 which the OP also asked about, not to 3.fxe5?? – bof Nov 3 '16 at 10:20

The opening trap doesn't have a name, but was made famous in the game Rigaud vs. Cooper, 1974. Not all motifs and variations have names, but you can make reference to this famous game to name the trap.


As already said, 3. fxe5 ?? is a terrible blunder after which the computer's evaluation drops from about equal to -5 (in Black's favor). The correct reply by Black is to play Qh4+:

    [FEN "rnbqkbnr/ppp2ppp/8/3pP3/4P3/8/PPPP2PP/RNBQKBNR b KQkq - 0 3"]

    3... Qh4+ 4. g3 Qxe4+ 5. Qe2 Qxh1

The correct play is 3. exd5 by White, after which, Black has the choice to play the "true" counter gambit, probably unsound, but tricky:

    [FEN "rnbqkbnr/ppp2ppp/8/3pp3/4PP2/8/PPPP2PP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 3"]

    3. dxe5 e4 4. d3 Nf6

And White can claim a small advantage here. A safer option for Black is to capture on f4, and you get a balanced game, not really a gambit anymore though !

    [FEN "rnbqkbnr/ppp2ppp/8/3pp3/4PP2/8/PPPP2PP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 3"]

    3. dxe5 exf4

With a very safe position.

Check this article about the King's gambit for more details about this particular trap, and about the King's gambit in general.

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