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chesskid22000 35 ( +1 | -1 )
halloween attack 1)e4 e5
2.)Nf3 Nc6
3) Nc3 Nf6
4) Nxe5?! you all know it! its the halloween attack its the most annoying opening for many of you! does anyone know any updated lines for black to defeat and punish white for this opening! i do know even though its silly its quiet annoying and quiet deadly if you dont defend against it ,all feedback is welcomed no matter what rating u are.

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bogg 46 ( +1 | -1 )
chesskid22000 I don't think there is any way to 'punish' White for this Gambit. IMHO after a lot of accurate defence Black can emerge with a slight advantage. With that in mind perhaps Black should just settle for the afore mentioned slight advantage and play 4. ... Ne5: 5. d4 Ng6 6. e5 Ng8 7. Bc4 d5 8. Bd5: c6 9. Bb3 Bb4 which seems to avoid most of the complications while maintaining an edge for Black. That should make you happy when playing the Black pieces.

CTC (Bogg)
thalagor 42 ( +1 | -1 )
When I met it in blitz not long ago I played;
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Nxe5 Nxe5 5. d4 Ng6 6. e5 Bb4?! and hade a quite easy win. I don't know if this is the best defence, or if black should try to hold on to the material, it just felt right at the time. I haven't looked at it any more than during that blitz game, so there might be a easy way for white to punish black for playing this. Otherwise I'd say that it's quite good for black...
beathoven 89 ( +1 | -1 )
Another term for this opening is the Leipzig Gambit, didn't know the term halloween opening, but it's all the same I guess. In my opinion this opening is not really a joke. There are a few openings which does not give any advantage using it like a4, h4 and the Borg defence which is really ugly for black later on in the game. (e4 - g5).

I think you should just play d5 attacking the knight and don't mind that pawn he captured from you. Just go in to the game in a creative way and don't play with the thought you're a pawn behind. Just keep making your best moves and the material will be captured back later on in the game.

a fine continue of the leipzig gambit (which i don't like playing black) is the following.

nxc5,
5. d4 ng6
6. e5 ng8
7. Bc4 d6
8. Qf3 Qd7
9. O-O d6xe5
10. d4xe5 - nxe5 (forking the queen and the bishop)
11. Re1 - Bd6 (unpins your knight)
12. Be4 - f6
13. Bb5 - c6
14. Rad1

and a logical non-book move would be Qe6.
blackbaron 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Ah ..the old Halloween gambit...one of my favourites...Black usually accepts and is immediatley on the back foot,losing central control. But takes good play for white to capitilise on the positional advantage.Good website on it ,gives analysis of all possible lines. at www.chessville.com
roxanol 38 ( +1 | -1 )
keisurepaul... keiserpaul is an expert in the Halloween game. You may wish to contact him. He is very helpfull and insightfull when it comes to the Halloween.

Also, I have many games from both sides of the board as I have been in a few thematic Halloween tournaments and I am currently in 2 right now.

I hope this helps,
Michael
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