|Moves||1.Nf3 f5 2.e4|
G. Lisitsin vs N. Riumin,|
|Named after||Georgy Lisitsin|
The Lisitsin Gambit is a chess opening characterised by the moves:
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Became widely known in 1931 when it was played (and probably for the first time in official matches) by Georgy Lisitsin against Nikolai Riumin in their fight at Moscow for the first round of the USSR Chess Championship.
It should be noted that White can delay the gambit for one move, playing first 2.d3 wherein Black often continue with 2...d6, or any other move, depending on the variation of the Dutch which trying to apply. Then White can try here the gambit playing 3.e4. This variation is referred by some researchers as improved Lisitsin Gambit.
2. e4 is a very counter-intuitive move, as after the pawn is captured White does not get to make a developing move but must move an already developed piece again. However, practice has shown that the knight landing on g5 is hard to chase away and creates certain tactical threats (more than simply Nxe4!) that compensate for the lost pawn.
- 2...e5 transposes to the notorious Latvian Gambit. This may actually be a good practical choice for someone who knows nothing about the Lisitsin, as it gives Black a greater initiative.
- 2...fxe4 is the only way to challenge White's idea. Wilhelm Steinitz said "the way to refute a gambit is to accept it."
|The Wikibook Chess Opening Theory has a page on the topic of: Lisitsin Gambit|
- "Georgy Lisitsin vs Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin, USSR Championship (1931)". Chessgames.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
- "Lisitsin Gambit (A04)". Chessgames.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
- Gordon, Stephen W. (1994). The Lisitsin Gambit. The House of Staunton. ISBN 0875682502.
- Bosch, Jeroen (2003). Secrets of Opening Surprises. 1. New In Chess. ISBN 978-9-0569-1098-3.