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I was studying the Danish Gambit recently. The Wikipedia page about Danish Gambit listed the first moves as: 1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3...

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1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3

I am a beginner and I didn't what to do after. The page itself listed a few variations.

But I could not understand them (I mean, I couldn't make out the use of making those particular moves). Could anyone help me to decode the underlying tactics of making such moves?

{ asked by Dineshkumar }


Well, both sides are trying to develop their pieces.

For White, Bc4 develops his bishop and points at the important f7 square. Nf3 develops his knight and controls d4 and e5. He could also eventually now play Ng5 aiming again at f7.

Black also wants to develop his pieces. ...Nf6 is often one of the first developing moves Black makes, clearing out pieces from his kingside back rank so that he can castle, but right now 4...Nf6 would be silly because White would just play 5.d5 and Black's knight would have nowhere to go except back to g8. So other ideas of his include

No crazy tactics, just getting your pieces all out there so you can start fighting.

{ answered by dfan }