C) 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nf3

C1) 4....h6
C2) 4....Be7

Position after 4.Nf3

    Black has a number of ways of responding in the main Urusov Gambit position. White threatens to advance with e5, forcing the Knight to e4, where it is vulnerable to attack. Generally the Knight at e4 will retreat to c5. But Black can also prepare to retreat the Knight to g5 by playing either 4....h6 or 4....Be7. Neither idea is especially good.

Index of Lines
A) 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 ...
B) 3.d4 Nxe4 4.dxe4
C) 3.d4 exd4 4.Nf3 ...
D) 4.Nf3 Bb4+
E) 4.Nf3 d6
F) 4.Nf3 c5
G) 4.Nf3 Bc5
H) 4.Nf3 d5
I) 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qxd4 ...
J) 5.Qxd4 Nf6 6.Bg5?!
K) 5.Qxd4 Nf6 6.Nc3! ...
L) 6.Nc3 Be7 7.Bg5 Nc6 8.Qh4 d5
M) 6.Nc3 Be7 7.Bg5 Nc6 8.Qh4 d6
N) 6.Nc3 Be7 7.Bg5 c6 8.O-O-O d5
Urusov Gambit & Related Links
Urusov PGN File from Pitt Archives

C1) 4....h6 5.e5 Nh7 (5....Ne5 6.Qxd4 Ng5 7.Bxg5! hxg5 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.Qd5! Qe7 10.Qe4! ± with the strong threat of Nd5) 6.Nxd4?! (White probably does better to discourage ....d5 with 6.Qxd4! Nc6 7.Qe4 Ng5 8.Bxg5 hxg5 9.Nc3 ± or to strive for rapid development with 6.O-O d5 7.exd6 Qxd6 8.Re1+ Be7 9.Qxd4 O-O 10.Bf4 +=) 6....d5! 7.Bb3 (7.Bd3 or 7.exd6 are also sensible) 7....Bc5 8.Nc3 c6 9.O-O Ng5 10.Be3 O-O? (10....Qe7 11.f4 Ne6 12.f5! Nxd4 13.Bxd4 +=; 10....Nd7 10.e6!? Nxe6 11.Nxe6 fxe6 12.Qh5+ with an attack) 11.Nxc6! bxc6 12.Bxc5 ± Brudnova--Predovic, European Junior Championship at Rimavska Sobota 1992.

C2) 4....Be7 5.e5 Ne4 6.Qxd4

C2a) 6....Nc5 7.Nc3 (7.Qg4!? g6 8.Qf4! Ne6 9.Qe4 +=) 7....O-O (7....Nc6 8.Qd5! Ne6 9.Be3 b6 10.0-0-0 Bb7 11.Qd2 Na5 12.Bd3 d5 13.exd6 Bxd6 14.Ne4 Be7 15.Qc3 0-0 16.h4 Qe8 17.Neg5 Bf6 18.Bxh7+ Kh8 19.Qb4 c5 20.Qg4 Qb5 21.b3 g6 22.Bxg6 fxg6 23.h5 Nxg5 24.hxg6+ Kg8 25.Nxg5 Qe8 26.Nf7 Bc8 27.Rh7!! Bg7 28.Bh6! Rxf7 29.gxf7+ Qxf7 30.Rxg7+ Kh8 31.Rd8+ 1-0 Johnson--Moreau, Portland, Maine 1989) 8.Be3 d6 (8....Nc6 9.Qf4 Ne6 10.Qg3 +=) 9.O-O-O Qe8?! 10.Nd5! Bd8 11.exd6 cxd6 12.Qf4 += Heller--Jacobse, Landes-Einzelmeister 1990.

C2b) 6....Ng5 7.Nxg5!? (A better gain of time follows 7.Bxg5! Bxg5 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.Qe4 Bh6!? 10.g4! ± or 9....Be7 10.O-O-O O-O 11.h4 ±. White should not exchange so many pieces.) 7....Bxg5 8.Bxg5 (8.f4! Bh4+ 9.g3 Be7 10.Be3 +=) 8....Qxg5 9.O-O Nc6 10.Qe4 Qg6 (10....Qxe5? 11.Qxe5 Nxe5 12.Re1 and f4 +-; 10....O-O 11.f4 Qh5 12.Bd5!? or 12.Nc3 +=) 11.Qxg6 hxg6 12.Nc3 O-O (12....Kd8 13.f4 f6 14.Rfe1 +=) 13.Rfe1 += Nd4?! 14.Nd5! d6 (14....Nxc2 15.Re4! Re8 16.Rc1 wins the Knight while 15....Nxa8? 16.Ne7+ Kh7 17.Rh4#) 15.Re4 Nf5 16.Nxc7 ± Rb8 17.g4 Nh4 18.exd6 b5 19.Bd5 Rb6 20.Rd1 Kh8 21.Bxf7 Nf3+ 22.Kg2 Bb7 23.Re8 Rxe8 24.Nxe8 Bc6 25.Nc7 Ne5+ 26.Bd5 Bd7 27.Be6 Bc6+ 28.Kg3 Rb8 29.f4 1-0 Karpatchev--Grigoriov, Capelle la Grande 1993.

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