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The Stafford Gambit is a chess opening that arises out of the Petroff Defense. It starts with the moves:

a b c d e f g h
8 a8 rd b8 c8 bd d8 qd e8 kd f8 bd g8 h8 rd 8
7 a7 pd b7 pd c7 pd d7 e7 f7 pd g7 pd h7 pd 7
6 a6 b6 c6 pd d6 e6 f6 nd g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 pl f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 pl b2 pl c2 pl d2 pl e2 f2 pl g2 pl h2 pl 2
1 a1 rl b1 nl c1 bl d1 ql e1 kl f1 bl g1 h1 rl 1
a b c d e f g h


  1. e4 e5
  2. Nf3 Nf6
  3. Nxe5 Nc6
  4. Nxc6 dxc6

Traps[]

5. d3[]

  1. e4 e5
  2. Nf3 Nf6
  3. Nxe5 Nc6
  4. Nxc6 dxc6
  5. d3 Bc5
  6. Bg5? Nxe4!
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 rd b8 c8 bd d8 qd e8 kd f8 g8 h8 rd 8
7 a7 pd b7 pd c7 pd d7 e7 f7 pd g7 pd h7 pd 7
6 a6 b6 c6 pd d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 bd d5 e5 f5 g5 bl h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 nd f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 pl e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 pl b2 pl c2 pl d2 e2 f2 pl g2 pl h2 pl 2
1 a1 rl b1 nl c1 d1 ql e1 kl f1 bl g1 h1 rl 1
a b c d e f g h
Position after 6...Nxe4!

7. Bxd8?? Bxf2+

8. Kf2 Bg4#

If 7. dxe4 Bxf2+ 8. Kxf2 Qxd1

5. Nc3[]

  1. e4 e5
  2. Nf3 Nf6
  3. Nxe5 Nc6
  4. Nxc6 dxc6
  5. Nc3 Bc5

6. Bc4[]

6. Bc4 Ng4

7. 0-0 Qh4

8. h3 Nxf2

9. Qf3 Nf3++

10. Kh2 Nf2 discovered check

11. Kg1 Qh1#

6. Be2[]

6. Be2 Qd4

7. 0-0 Nxe4

Black has a slightly better position.

Avoiding the Stafford Gambit[]

  1. e4 e5
  2. Nf3 Nf6
  3. Nxe5 Nc6
  4. Nxc6 dxc6
  5. Nc3 Bc5
  6. h3! (Preventing Ng4)


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