Evans Gambit Declined

Evans Gambit declined opening belongs to Italian Opening family. As we know the Evans Gambit begins with

Here Black has two moves primarily:
  • (i)Bb6
  • (ii)Be7
Instead of capturing b4 pawn black choses to retreat as Black doesn’t want to leave the diagonal targeting d4 square. Here the gambit is declined and is known as ‘Evans Gambit Declined'(If Bxb4 then gambit is accepted. Please see our article on Evans Gambit Accepted) . Even these variations are tremendously popular. In this article we will restrict ourselves to Bb6 variation only.

Let’s see a beautiful game-

(II)Let’s see the second game where Carlsen plays …a5 instead of …a6 in the 5th move:-