If you play 2…e5 in response to 1.e4, you will have to face many different openings from White. Sometimes your opponent will play more positional games (e.g., most lines of the Ruy Lopez), and sometimes he will play more open attacking games (e.g., the Scotch Gambit or the unsound but tricky Ponziani). You have to be ready for everything and know how to respond correctly to some of the more dubious tries by White.
The good news is that, once you have seen the correct responses to certain openings, you can begin to play them with confidence. And in openings that give you immediate equality, what else can you say to your opponent but, “Thank you!”
In this video I’ll show you two ways to respond to the Danish Gambit, which is when White plays 2.d4 (to go into a Center Game), and then after black takes on d4, White plays 3.c3 (gambiting a pawn). The image below shows the opening position.
The Danish Gambit is not particularly good because:
- like other gambits, if Black knows how to play, he gets immediate equality
- Black can even opt for conservative, positional play by declining the gambit and still gain immediate equality without the risk.
In the video below, I show a couple quick lines in the Center Game (when White does not play the Gambit) and then show two options for how to play against the Danish Gambit. You can either decline the gambit and play conservatively (Sorensen Defense in the Danish Gambit Declined), which will still give you immediate equality and a comfortable game, or you can accept the gambit and play aggressively (Copenhagen Defense in the Danish Gambit Accepted), which will net you 1-2 pawns but will require precise defense.