1. e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4
This is the Evans gambit. It was very popular around 1800-1970 but not as much today. I used to enjoy playing it. White’s plans to control the center with pawns on e4 and d4. However, there are 3 pieces defending d4 so white offers black a wing pawn to distract the bishop from controlling d4.
With a gain of tempo, White is ready to play d4 now.
5…Bc5 6.d4 exd4 7.cxd4 Bb6
Now white has control off the center with his pawn on d4 and e4. White is ready to castle and has more room for his pieces.
Usually black plays d6 here, closing the a3-f8 diagonal which allows his king to castle 0-0.
The knight was attacking the bishop. The bishop retreats and white retains the bishop pair. 2 bishops are very powerful and it’s generally a good idea to keep both bishops. Now the black knight is out of play in the corner. Notice that black moves his knight twice when he should be developing and getting his king to safety.
9…d5 10.exd5 Qxd5
Black fights for control of the center.
This is one of the key points of this opening. By giving up the b4 pawn, White can put his bishop on the a3-c1 diagonal easily. Why is this important? Well see how the bishop cut through the dark diagonal squares all the way to blacks king? How is black suppose to castle now? In this opening you often see black playing d6 instead of d5 to shut down this diagonal and allow the black king to castle kingside.
11…Be6 12.Nc3 Qd7
The bishop moved to e6 to block protect the king from any checks along the e-file. Now White is ready to attack. He has a great led in development and blacks king is still stuck in the center. White needs to attack quickly before black can recover.
How should White proceed?
All of you guys on the list, PM with your solution. Once everyone does this, I will continue with the game. Remember to do this in your head, no resources allowed and even if you are wrong, I don’t care as long as you tried. Don't worry, It’s simple
Good luck, Rahim K