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What is the the idea behind this popular double pawn sacrifice line In the Evans Gambit?

The problem with 7... dxc3 is that White quickly regains both pawns. r1bqk1nr/pppp1ppp/2n5/2b5/2BpP3/2P2N2/P4PPP/RNBQ1RK1 b KQkq - 1 7 [StartFlipped "0"] 7... dxc3 8. Bxf7 Kxf7 9. Qd5 Kf8 ...
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Why is it funny to say Giri played the Evans Gambit?

The joke is based on the perception of Giri as a very solid, "drawish" player. There always seems to be one top player who is the butt of such jokes. It used to be Leko, nowadays it's Giri. Take a ...
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Why is it funny to say Giri played the Evans Gambit?

I'm discounting the explanation he just made an error in his annotations because of the deliberate way he looks at the camera when he announces this First of all, he did make a mistake. He said ...
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What is the the idea behind this popular double pawn sacrifice line In the Evans Gambit?

Fischer played a famous miniature in this line against Ruben Fine and published his analysis in "My 60 Memorable Games." Basically white gets a huge attack in this line and black's best shot ...
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Why is it funny to say Giri played the Evans Gambit?

The Evans Gambit is a running gag on Agadmator's channel. I can't remember when it started but at least for the past year whenever there is a game that reaches the Giuoco Piano position he jokes about ...
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Why 4... Nxb4 is not played in Evans gambit?

It comes down to flexibility. In most cases, Nb4 will end up in the same position, as you said, but Bb4 give you at least two more common alternatives, and a couple less common ones. [FEN ""] 1. ...
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Why is it funny to say Giri played the Evans Gambit?

I think that he is just kidding because it is so rare at that level, but nevertheless, some great players have whipped it out as a surprise. Kasparov played it three times against Jeroen Piket, Vishy ...
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Why 4... Nxb4 is not played in Evans gambit?

In my database it actually appears in 131 games, or roughly 1.5%. The move also isn't objectively bad. But it's unpopular partly because it unnecessarily limits Black's options. After 4...Nxb4 5.c3, ...
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What is the theory if black goes 4 Nxc4 in evan's gambit?

You probably mean 4...Nxb4. White will play 5.c3, and there is probably nothing better than 5...Nc6; so it boils down to being the same as 4...Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5. [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3....
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What are some good books on the Italian game, including the Evans Gambit and Two Knights Defense family of openings?

I don't know there's a book that covers all of those openings well. The Pinski book tries to but I don't think they do a good job. My favorite book on the Evans is Harding's book. The two knights can ...
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How should White continue after Nxb4 in the Evans Gambit?

The only point of 4...Nxb4 is to set a trap already noted in comments to two of the answers: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Nxb4 5. Nxe5? Qf6 6. d4? (6. O-O Qxe5 7. c3 Bd6 8. f4? Qc5+) ...
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Why 4... Nxb4 is not played in Evans gambit?

After 4...Nxb4 5.Nxe5 looks like a very strong reply, gaining the important e5 Pawn almost for free and posing an immediate threat to f7.
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