The Jack-Russell Gambit is one of the most ambitious opening plays known to your dog Chico, consisting of a bold attempt by white to gain a strong line of attack on the D to F lines.
The opening moves are:
- d4 d5
- e4 dxe4
Even though it looks borderline stupid, this is a cleverly disguised opening gambit that many aggressive dogs have success with. Chico sacrifices his pawn on e4, then moves his knight to c3, baiting your pawn to strike at f3.
Ruff ruff! barks Chico, a truly aggressive chess player.
If you barge ahead and capture f3, well then you have fallen into the Jack-Russell trap: now Chico can simply swipe your f3 in return, setting up a strong line with both knights controlling the center of the board; or alternatively with his Queen, which would force you to respond with your own Queen. At that point the possibilities are practically limitless for Chico, sitting there panting happily on his chair. Instead experts advise that rather than advancing with your lone pawn, you bring up support from e and your kingside bishop.
You will have in a sense retreated in the face of Chico’s Jack-Russell attack, but live to fight another day in a manner of speaking, and with two of Chico’s center pawns.
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