35 ( +1 | -1 ) icelandic gambit -why c4?Hello, I am trying to understand the Icelandic gambit..could someone explain why on earth White would want to play c4 as a 3rd move instead of Nc3? The latter develops a piece, protects the d5 pawn, attacks e4 and also prevents Black doing Bb4+ so seems much superior. Does this transpose to another known opening? TIA, otter606
23 ( +1 | -1 ) Different Strokes, different folksSome Whites regard the Iclandic gambit as dubious. Hang on to the extra pawn, defend, consolidate, exploit the material advantage, play for the end game and emerge victorious... and in some cases it does indeed happen :-)
46 ( +1 | -1 ) Nc3 is terrible.It allow black to equalize right away.. 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Nc3?! Nxd5 =. 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 (black can't take the pawn now) e6 4.dxe6 Bxe6 and white is much better with the extra pawn.
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 c6! 4.dxc6?! Nxc6 seems to be regarded as good for black though WHite still has an extra pawn, black supposedly gets plenty of compensation.
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 is the best try in my opinion, giving back the pawn but gaining a tempo after 3...Nxd5 4.c4