The Three Pawns Gambit

A couple of decades ago I was reading a short story titled, “The Three Pawns Gambit”. It featured mysticism and the usual crazy chess hero.

But what is the Three Pawns Gambit? Does is lead to insanity? Or, perhaps more important to the average chess player, can you win with it?

Let’s look into it.

To get to the starting point of the three pawn gambit (3PG), you have to begin with the Kings’ Gambit Accepted (1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4). Then we move onto the Cunningham 3.Nf3 Be7). And then onto one of the many main lines of the Cunningham with 4.Bc4 Bh4+)

And now White usually continues with 5.Kf1.

If White continues instead with 5.g3, then we have reached with position that leads to the 3PG.

Now, wait, you might say, “White has only gambitted only one pawn, not three.

You are correct. But Black almost always takes the second pawn with 5…fxg3. And why not? He is ahead by two pawns and is ready to invade White’s kingside with his pieces.

And now White castles with 6.O-O, offering up a third pawn.

Let’s review all the moves so far as we’ll proceed rapidly from this point.

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O

Black does not have to take the third pawn. He can decline a number of ways. But surprisingly, he doesn’t score that well.

The best move to decline the third pawn is with 6…d5. But that does not guarantee victory.

Three Pawns Gambit-1
3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O

J. Lutes-Connors
Illinois Open, 1980
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O Nh6 7.d4 O-O 8.Bxh6 gxh6 9.hxg3 Bxg3 10.Qd2 d5 11.Bxd5 Qd6 12.Nc3 Bf4 13.Qg2+ Kh8 14.e5 Qg6 15.Be4 Qh5 16.Kf2 Rg8 17.Qxg8+ Kxg8 18.Rh1 Bg3+ 19.Kxg3 Qg4+ 20.Kf2 Qf4 21.Nd5 1-0

M.C. Martinez-J.J. Barreto, 1983
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O Qe7 7.Bxf7+ Kd8 8.Nc3 c6 9.d4 Nh6 10.hxg3 Nxf7 11.Nxh4 d6 12.Qh5 g6 13.Qf3 Ng5 14.Bxg5 Qxg5 15.Qf6+ Qxf6 16.Rxf6 Ke7 17.Raf1 Bf5 18.exf5 Kxf6 19.fxg6+ Ke6 20.Re1+ Kd7 21.g7 Rg8 22.Nf5 d5 23.Re7+ Kd8 24.Rxb7 Nd7 25.Na4 Kc8 26.Rb3 Kc7 27.Re3 Rae8 28.Rf3 Re6 29.b3 Rf6 30.Kg2 Re6 31.c4 Re2+ 32.Kh3 dxc4 33.bxc4 Rxa2 34.Nc3 Ra1 35.d5 Ne5 36.Rf4 Re1 37.dxc6 Nxc6 38.Nd5+ Kd8 39.Nf6 Rxg7 40.Nxg7 a5 41.Nd5 Kd7 42.c5 Ne5 43.Rf6 Rc1 44.Rd6+ Kc8 45.Ne6 h5 46.Ne7+ Kb8 47.Rb6+ 1-0

Vjekoslav Vulevic-W. Seibel
San Bernardino, 1985
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O Nh6 7.hxg3 Bxg3 8.d4 d5 9.Bxd5 O-O 10.Bxh6 gxh6 11.Qd2 Qd6 12.Qg2 Kh8 13.Nc3 Rg8 14.Kh1 Qg6 15.Nh2 Rg7 16.Bxf7 Qd6 17.e5 Qxd4 18.Rad1 Qh4 19.Bb3 Nd7 20.e6 Nf6 21.Rd8+ Ng8 22.Rff8 Qg5 23.Ne4 1-0

Eric Cooke-Mark Dutton
Philadelphia, 1991
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O Nh6 7.d4 Rf8 8.Nc3 d6 9.e5 Bh3 10.Bxh6 Bxf1 11.Qxf1 gxh6 12.exd6 gxh2+ 13.Kh1 cxd6 14.Bb5+ Nd7 15.Qe2+ Be7 16.Nd5 f5 17.Re1 Rf7 18.Qe6 a6 19.Nxe7 axb5 20.Ng6+ Re7 21.Nxe7 Nf8 22.Qxf5 Qa5 23.Nc6+ Qxe1+ 24.Nxe1 bxc6 25.a3 Nd7 26.Qe6+ 1-0

Newton-V. Jurgenson, 1994
[Escalante]
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d6
(6…gxh2+ is considered best. But no matter how good accepting a sacrifice, some players will still decline it.) 7.Bxf7+ (White says, “So if Black won’t take my pawn, he might not take my bishop”. Actually taking the bishop is dangerous due to 7…Kxf7 8.Nxh4+.) 7…Kd7 8.e5 gxh2+ 9.Kh1 Nc6 10.e6+ Ke7 11.Nxh4 Bxe6 12.Bxe6 Kxe6 13.Qg4+ Kd5 14.Nc3+ Kc5 15.d4+ [Interesting is 15.Rf5+!? Kb6 (better, but still leading to mate is 15…Ne5 16.d4+ Kc6 17.d5+ Kd7 18.Rxe5#) 16.Rb5+ Ka6 17.Qa4+ Na5 18.Qxa5#.] 15…Kb6 16.d5 Nf6 17.Be3+ Ka6 18.Qc4+ 1-0

Arnaud Jossien (2040-Yann Thevenet (2140)
France Open Ch. A, 1998
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O Nh6 7.d4 d6 8.Bxh6 gxh6 9.Bxf7+ Kd7 10.e5 c6 11.d5 dxe5 12.Nc3 Bg5 13.dxc6+ Kxc6 14.Nxe5+ Kb6 15.Nd5+ Ka6 16.Qd3+ b5 17.a4 Bd7 18.Nb4+ Kb6 19.Qd4+ 1-0

Paul Rusan (2225)-Carmen Voican Sandu
Romania Ch., ½ Final
Tusnad, 2000
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O g2 7.Kxg2 Nh6 8. d4 O-O 9.Nc3 d5 10.Nxd5 c6 11.Nf4 Bg4 12.Be3 Qe7 13.h3 Bxf3+ 14.Qxf3 Nd7 15.Nh5 Bg5 16.Bg1 Rfe8 17.Rae1 g6 18.Ng3 c5 19.c3 cxd4 20.cxd4 Rac8 21. Bb3 Kg7 22.e5 Bh4 23.Be3 Bxg3 24.Qxg3 Ng8 25.Bd2 Nb6 26.Bc3 Red8 27.Qf3 Nh6 28.d5 Nf5 29.d6 Nh4+ 30.Kh1 Nxf3 31.dxe7 Nxe1 32.e6+ 1-0

Ferenc Frink (2203)-Istvan Toplak
Hungary Open Ch.
Zalakaros, 2001
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O Qe7 7.Bxf7+ Kd8 8.Nc3 c6 9.d4 Nh6 10.hxg3 Nxf7 11.Nxh4 g6 12.Qf3 Ng5 13.Qg4 Ne6 14.d5 Qc5+ 15.Kh2 Rf8 16.Bh6 Rf2+ 17.Ng2 Nf8 18.Qh4+ Ke8 19.d6 g5 20.Rxf2 Ng6 21.Rf8+ Nxf8 22.Qh5+ Ng6 23.Rf1 Qxd6 24.Rf8+ Qxf8 25.Bxf8 Kxf8 26.Qxh7 Ne7 27.e5 Na6 28.Ne4 d5 29.exd6 Nd5 30.Qh8+ Kf7 31.Nxg5+ 1-0

“sillygambits”-N.N.
Internet Game 2017?
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O g2 7.Kxg2 d6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Nxh4+ Ke8 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Nxg6 Nf6 12.Rxf6 Qxf6 13.Nxh8+ Kd8 14.d3 Qxh8 15.Bg5+ Kd7 16.Qf7+ Kc6 17.Bf6 1-0

Three Pawns Gambit-2
3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5

D. Biggs-G. Benner
Columbus, OH, 1962
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 c6 8.Bxf7+ Kf8 9.Bxg8 Kxg8 10.Qe2 Bg4 11.Qc4+ 1-0

Attila Horvath (2085)-Imre Matyas
Hungary University Ch.
Budapest, Apr. 19 2001
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 gxh2+ 8.Kh1 Bf6 9.d4 c6 10.Bb3 Be6 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.e5 Be7 13.c4 Nd7 14.Nc3 Nb6 15.b3 Qd7 16.Ng5 Nh6 17.Qh5+ Kd8 18.Nce4 Kc7 19.Nc5 Bxc5 20.dxc5 Nc8 21.Be3 Nf5 22.Rxf5 exf5 23.e6 g6 24.Qxh2+ 1-0

Attila Horvath (2096)-Robert Veress (2225)
Cerbona Open
Kaposvar, July 13 2001
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 Nf6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Nxh4 Qd4+ 10.Kg2 Qxe4+ 11.Nf3 gxh2 12.d3 Qg4+ 13.Kh1 Re8 14.c3 Kg8 15.Rf2 Nbd7 16.Rg2 Qe6 17.Bf4 b6 18.Nbd2 Bb7 19.Kxh2 Qf5 20.Bxc7 Ng4+ 21.Kg1 Ne3 22.Rg5 Qxd3 23.Qa4 Nc5 24.Qh4 Ne6 25.Ne5 Qxd2 26.Rg3 Nf5 0-1

Jose Maria Cazorla Alvesa-
Jose Ramon Rodriguez Marcos
Benidorm Open B, 2002
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Be7 4.Nf3 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 Nf6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Nxh4 Qd4+ 10.Kh1 Qxe4+ 11.Nf3 Rf8 12.d3 g2+ 13.Kxg2 Bh3+! 14.Kg1 Qg4+ 15.Kf2 Qg2+ 16.Ke3 Re8+ 17.Kd4 Qg4+ 18.Kc3 Nd5+ 0-1

Emery Peterson (2170)-Tri Hoang (2095)
First Saturday, FM
Budapest, Sept.2002
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 Nf6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Nxh4 Qd4+ 10.Kg2 Qxe4+ 11.Nf3 gxh2 12.Nc3 Qg6+ 13.Kh1 Re8 14.Nd5 Qg3 15.Nxf6 gxf6 16.d4 Kg8 17.Nxh2 Kh8 18.Bf4 Qh4 19.Qf3 Bf5 20.Bg3 Qe4 21.Kg1 Qxf3 22.Rxf3 Bxc2 23.Rxf6 Nc6 24.Rc1 Nxd4 25.Kf2 Re2+ 26.Kg1 Rg8 27.Nf1 Be4 28.Rf4 Rg2+ 29.Kh1 Re2+ 30.Rxe4 Rxe4 31.Rc4 h5 32.Rxd4 Rxd4 33.Be5+ Kh7 34.Bxd4 Rg4 35.Bc3 Kg6 36.Kh2 h4 37.Ne3 Re4 38.Ng2 Kh5 39.Kh3 Rg4 40.Be1 Rd4 41.Bxh4 Rd2 42.Nf4+ Kh6 43.Bf6 Rd6 44.Be5 Rc6 45.Kg4 a6 46.Kf5 b5 47.Ne6 a5 48.Bxc7 a4 49.a3 Rc4 50.Bd6 Rc2 51.Be5 Rf2+ 52.Ke4 Kg6 53.Bc3 Rf7 54.Nd4 Rb7 55.Kd5 Kf7 56.Kc6 Re7 57.Kxb5 Ke8 58.Kxa4 Kd7 59.b4 Kc7 60.Kb5 Kb7 61.a4 Re3 62.Kc4 Kb6 63.a5+ Kb7 64.b5 Rh3 65.Nc6 Rh6 66.Kc5 Rh1 67.a6+ Ka8 68.b6 Rh5+ 69.Kd6 Rd5+ 70.Ke7 Rd7+ 71.Ke8 Rh7 72.Ne7 Rh6 73.b7+ Ka7 74.Bd4+ 1-0

Tomas Ramos Orea-Leopoldo Suarez Prieto (1872)
Internacional Patrimon Open
Alcala de Henares, Oct. 9 2007
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 Bh3! 8.Bxf7+ Kf8 9.d4 g2 10.Rf2 Bxf2+ 11.Kxf2 Nf6 12.Nc3 Ng4+ 13.Kg3 Qf6 14.Bg5 Qxf7 15.Kxh3 Nf2+ 0-1

It seems that Black, having the attack, also has gaps that are not easy to cover.

So, what to do?

Most of the time Black takes the third pawn as he doesn’t have to worry about any White attack for at least another move.

Three Pawns Gambit-3
3.Nf3 Be74.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1

Von Bilguer-Mayet
Berlin, 1838
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Nxh4+ Nf6 10.d4 Bh3 11.Rf3 Bg4 12.Rxf6+ Qxf6 13.Qxg4 Qf1+ 14.Kxh2 Qxc1 15.Nc3 Qxa1 16.Qf5+ Ke8 17.Qc8+ Ke7 18.Qxc7+ Ke8 19.Qc8+ Kf7 20.Qxb7+ Ke8 21.Nf5 1-0

J.L. Van Eck-C. Tinholt
corres., 1869
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Qe7 8.Nc3 c6 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.Bh5 b5 11.d4 b4 12.Ne5 g6 13.Nf7+ Ke8 14.Qg4 Bf6 15.Nxh8 Bxh8 16.e5 Qe6 17.Qf3 Bg7 18.d5 cxd5 19.Nxd5 Na6 20.Bg4 Qxg4 1-0

J. Krejcik-Deutsch
Olomouc prosinec, 1906
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bg3 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Ne5+ Ke6 10.Qg4+ Kd6 11.Nc4+ Kc5 12.d4+ Kxc4 13.Qe2+ Kxd4 14.Qd3+ Kc5 15.Be3+ Kb4 16.a3+ Ka5 17.b4+ Ka4 18.Nc3mate 1-0

Savanto-Molder
Helsinki, 1950
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Be7 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Ne5+ Ke6 10.Qg4+ Kxe5 11.Qf5+ Kd6 12.Qd5mate 1-0

J. Lutes-Koehl
Columbus, OH, 1961
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Ne5+ Ke8 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Nxg6 Nd7 12.Nxh8+ Ke7 13.Qf7mate 1-0

I. Zarcula-Calugaru
Timisoara, 1965
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Qe7 8.Nc3 c6 9.d4 Bg3 10.Ng5 d5 11.Rxf7 Qb4 12.Bxd5 cxd5 13.Nxd5 Bg4 14.Bf4 Bxd1 15.Nc7+ Kd8 16.Nce6+ Ke8 17.Nxg7+ Kd8 18.N5e6+ Kc8 19.Rc7mate 1-0

Armando Martinez-Jorge Datola
corres.
Juvenil Chileno, 1966
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 g5 8.Nxh4 Qe7 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.d3 gxh4 11.Qh5 Nf6 12.Rxf6!
(Black can’t get out of troubles. Here’s a sample line: 12…Qf8 13.Bh6 Qe7 14.Bg7 Re8 15.Bxe8 Qxe8 16.Rf8 +-) 1-0

Artur Frolov-A. Uzunov
corres., 1969
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.O-O gxh2+ 8.Kh1 Ke8 9.b3 d6 10.Bb2 Bf6 11.d4 Nc6 12.Nc3 Nge7 13.Nd5 Bg4 14.Ne3 Bh5 15.Qd3 Bxf3+ 16.Rxf3 Qd7 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 Ne7 19.Re1 Kf7 20.Re6 Nxd5 0-1

J.L. van Eck-C. Tinholt
corres., 1969
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Qe7 8.Nc3 c6 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.Bh5 b5 11.d4 b4 12.Ne5 g6 13.Nf7+ Ke8 14.Qg4 Bf6 15.Nxh8 Bxh8 16.e5 Qe6 17.Qf3 Bg7 18.d5 cxd5 19.Nxd5 Na6 20.Bg4 Qxg4 1-0

Randy Bullock-D. Gilmore
Dayton, OH, 1982
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 g5 8.Nxh4 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Qh5+ Ke6 11.Qxg5 Rg8 12.Qf5+ Kf7 13.Qxh7+ Rg7 14.Qh5+ Kg8 15.Qf5 Kf7 16.e5 1-0

Zoltan Eberth-I. Ban
Mezokovesd, 1984
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bg3 8.d4 d6 9.Ng5 f6 10.Nc3 Ne7 11.Qh5+ Ng6 12.Nxh7 Qe7 13.Qxg6+ Kd8 14.Ng5 Qe8 15.Nf7+ Ke7 16.Qxg7 Qf8 17.Qxf6+ Ke8 18.Qd8mate 1-0

Bullock-Wall
Dayton, OH, 1985
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d6 8.Nxh4 Qxh4 9.Bxf7+ Ke7 10.d4 Nh6 11.Bxh6 gxh6 12.Qf3 Rf8 13.Nc3 Be6 14.Nd5+ Kd8 15.Qf6+ Qxf6 16.Rxf6 Bxd5 17.exd5 Ke7 18.Raf1 Nd7 19.Re6+ Kd8 20.Rxh6 Nb6 21.b3 Nxd5 22.Rxh7 Nb4 23.Rxh2 a5 24.a3 Nc6 25.d5 Ne5 26.Rhf2 Ke7 27.Be6 Rh8+ 28.Rh2 Rxh2+ 29.Kxh2 Rh8+ 30.Kg3 c6 31.c4 Rh7 32.Rf2 Rg7+ 33.Kh3 Nd3 34.Rf3 Rh7+ 35.Kg2 Nc5 36.Re3 Rg7+ 37.Kf3 Kf6 38.Kf4 Rg1 39.Rf3 Nxe6+ 40.dxe6 Kxe6 41.Re3+ Kf6 42.Ke4 Rg4+ 43.Kd3 Rf4 44.Kc3 Kf7 45.Kd3 c5 46.Kc3 Rd4 0-1

Martin Sippl-Volker Seibert
Mittelfranken U17 Ch., 1996
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d6 8.Nxh4 Qxh4 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.Qf3 Nf6 11.d3 Bg4 12.Qe3 Nbd7 13.Bd2 c6 14.Bc3 Kc7 15.Nd2 Rhf8 16.Bb3 Nh5 17.Kg2 Nf4+ 18.Kh1 Nh3 19.a4 Nf2+ 0-1

“Lyubimov”-“guest43”
Blitz Game
Internet game, Sept. 24 1998
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Qe7 8.Bxf7+ Kd8 9.Kxh2 Bf6 10.Bd5 Nh6 11.Nc3 Ng4+ 12.Kg1 Qc5+ 13.d4 Qd6 14.e5 Bxe5 15.Nxe5 Nxe5 16.Bg5+ Ke8 17.Rf5 Nbc6 18.Nb5 Qxd5 19.Nxc7mate 1-0

Xan Guillen Lorenzana (2079)-
Laura Martinez Fernandez
Galiza U18 Ch.
Padron, Apr. 12 2001
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d6 8.Bxf7+ Kf8 9.Nxh4 Qxh4 10.Be6+ Nf6 11.Bxc8 Qxe4+ 12.Qf3 Qxf3+ 13.Rxf3 1-0

“Ben_Dubuque”-“subhankars”)
Blitz Game
Chess.com, July 14 2017
[“Ben_Dubuque”]
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1
(The Three Pawns Gambit or the Bertin Gambit whichever you prefer.) 7…Be7 (Any move other than d5 is a mistake but d5 still allows White some compensation. Most engines will evaluate the position after d5 as maybe -1 which is surprisingly good considering White is down 3 pawns. 7…d5 8.exd5 Bg4 9.d4.) 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Ne5+ Ke8 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Nxg6 Nf6 12.Rxf6 Bxf6 13.Nxh8+ Ke7 14.Qf7+ Kd6 15.d4 Bxd4 (15…Qxh8 16.Bf4+ Be5 17.Bxe5+ Qxe5 18.dxe5+ Kxe5 19.Nc3) 16.Bf4+ Be5 17.Qd5+ Ke7 18.Qxe5+ Kf8 19.Bh6+ Kg8 20.Qg7mate 1-0

Two popular responses after 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 are 7…Bf6 and 7…Nh6

Three Pawns Gambit-4
3.Nf3 Be74.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6

Von Guttceit-Kieseritzky, 1832
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6 8.e5 d5 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Bb3 Be6 11.d4 Ne4 12.Bf4 f5 13.Nbd2 O-O 14.c4 c6 15.Rc1 Nd7 16.cxd5 cxd5 17.Nxe4 fxe4 18.Ng5 Qe7 19.Qh5 Nf6 20.Qxh2 Rad8 21.Bc7 Rd7 22.Ba4 h6 23.Nxe6 Qxe6 24.Bxd7 Qxd7 25.Be5 1-0

von der Lasa-Carl Jaenisch.
Berlin Congress, 1842
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6 8.Ne5 Bxe5 9.Qh5 Qe7 10.Rxf7 Qc5 11.Rf8+ Ke7 12.d4 Qxd4 13.Bg5+ Nf6 14.Bxf6+ gxf6 15.Qf7+ Kd6 16.Nc3 Rxf8 17.Qxf8+ Kc6 18.Qb4 d5 19.Bb5+ Kb6 20.Na4mate 1-0

Carl Jaenisch-von der Lasa
Berlin Congress, 1842
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6 8.Ne5 Qe7 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.d4 Bxe5 11.dxe5 Qxe5 12.Nc3 Nf6 13.Bf4 Qe7 14.e5 Qxf7 15.exf6 gxf6 16.Be5 Rf8 17.Rxf6 Qg7 18.Bxc7+ Ke8 19.Qe2+ Qe7 20.Re1 Nc6 21.Qh5+ Rf7 22.Qxf7mate 1-0

von Der Lasa-Carl Jaenisch
Berlin Congress, 1842
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6 8.Ne5 Bxe5 9.Qh5 Qe7 10.Rxf7 Qc5

11.Rf8+ Ke7 12.d4 Qxc4 13.Qe8+ Kd6 14.Qxe5+ Kc6 15.Na3 d6 16.d5+ Kc5 17.Be3+ Kb4 18.c3+ Ka4 19.b3+ Kxa3 20.Bc1mate 1-0

Dr. Hugo-Leonhard Von Guttceit – Kieseritsky
Dorpat, 1832
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6 8.e5 d5 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Bb3 Be6 11.d4 Ne4 12.Bf4 f5 13.Nbd2 O-O 14.c4 c6 15.Rc1 Nd7 16.cxd5 cxd5 17.Nxe4 fxe4 18.Ng5 Qe7 19.Qh5 Nf6 20.Qxh2 Rad8 21.Bc7 Rd7 22.Ba4 h6 23.Nxe6 Qxe6 24.Bxd7 Qxd7 25.Be5 1-0

Edwards-N.N.
corres.
England, 1963
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Ne5+ Ke6 8.Qg4+ Kxe5 9.O-O gxh2+ 10.Kh1 Bf6 11.d4+ Kxd4 12.Be3+ Kxe3 13.e5 Bxe5 14.Re1+ Kf2 15.Qg2+ Kxe1 16.Nc3mate 1-0

Gianfranco Massetti-Mario Pessina
Amichevole Lampo, 1976
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Bf6 8.e5 Be7 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Ng5+ Kg6 11.Nf7 Qe8 12.Qg4+ Bg5 13.Qxg5mate 1-0

Howard Goldberg-Kevin McManus
Cape Town, 1982
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Qe7 8.Nc3 c6 9.a4 d5 10.exd5 Bh3 11.d3 Bxf1 12.Qxf1 Nd7 13.d6 Qf6 14.Qe2+ Kf8 15.Ne4 Qd8 16.Bxf7 Bf6 17.Neg5 Qb6 18.Bxg8 Re8 19.Be6 Ne5 20.Be3 Qxb2 21.Rf1 Nxf3 22.Qxf3 Qe5 23.Qh5 g6 24.Qh6mate 1-0

Three Pawns Gambit-5
3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6

Bilguer-von Der Lasa
Berlin, 1839
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 Ng4 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Ne5+ Kg8 11.Qxg4 d6 12.Qh5 g6 13.Nxg6 Qe8 14.Qd5+ Kg7 15.Nxh4 Rg8 16.Qg5+ Kh8 17.Qf6+ Rg7 18.Bh6 Qxe4+ 19.Nf3 Qg6 20.Bxg7+ Qxg7 21.Qd8+ Qg8 22.Ne5 Qxd8 23.Nf7+ Kg7 24.Nxd8 Na6 25.Nc3 Nb4 26.Rf7+ Kg6 27.Raf1 Bg4 28.R1f6+ Kg5 29.Ne4+ 1-0

Reshevsky-Doery
Simul
Berlin, 1920
[American Chess Bulletin, Nov. 1920, p.170]
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Be7 4.Nf3 Bh4+ 5.g3
(A lively continuation that is classified as Capt. Bertin’s Gambit. Steinitz was wont to play 5.Kf1 against Bird, one of the few masters who ever resorted to the Cunningham.) 5…fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 (Not to be recommended. The correct move is 7…d5) 8.d4 Qe7 9.Bxh6 gxh6 10.Ne5 Bf6 [The removal of Black’s King’s Knight has left the King’s Bishop’s pawn woefully weak and Rzeschewski (i.e. Reshevsky RME) knows full well how to take advantage.] 11.Qh5 Rf8 12.Nxf7 (In this fashion does the little fellow make the chess the “child’s play” which is beyond the comprehension of many who are highly accomplished along other lines, but cannot quite grasp the fundamentals of chess strategy.) 12…Qxe4+ (Rzeschewski had calculated upon the sacrifice of a piece and the gain of more than it’s equivalent a few moves later, viz.: 12….RxN; 13.BxR+ QxB, 14.QxQ+ KxQ 15.e5, etc.) 13.Kxh2 Qxc2+ 14.Kg3 (Fearlessly the White King marches out into the open. He does not dread Rg8+, for in that case the Knight is withdrawn with discovered check.) 14…Bh4+ (Black is in desperation, but if, to avoid the discovery, he were to play …Ke7, then Re1+ would force mate.) 15.Qxh4 Qxc4 16.Qd8mate (Short shift is meted out to the presumptuous one who takes a chance on anything escaping the keen eyes of the small “grand-master” as he was dubbed in Vienna two years ago.) 1-0

B. Larsen-W. Lauridsen
Hostelbro/Herning, 1948
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 O-O 9.Bxh6 gxh6 10.Ne5 Qe7 11.Nc3 c6 12.Bxf7+ Kg7 13.Bh5 Rxf1+ 14.Qxf1 d6 15.Nf3 Bg5 16.Qf2 Be6 17.d5 cxd5 18.exd5 Bf7 19.Nxg5 hxg5 20.Re1 Qf6 21.Qxf6+ Kxf6 22.Rf1+ Kg7 23.Bxf7 Nd7 24.Be6 1-0

Dragoljub Baretic-Uremovic
Yugoslavia, 1957
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 d5 9.Bxd5 Bh3 10.Bxh6 Bxf1 11.Qxf1 O-O 12.Qg2 Qf6 13.Be3 c6 14.Nc3 cxd5 15.Nxd5 Qd8 16.Nxh4 Qxh4 17.Bg5 Qh5 18.Nf4 1-0

D. Biggs-R. Trattner
Indianapolis, 1959
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 d6 9.Bxh6 Bh3 10.Bxf7+ Kd7 11.Bxg7 Bxf1 12.Qxf1 Bf6 13.Qh3+ 1-0

Jairo Gutierrez-Hernan Rincon
Colombia Ch., Oct. 22 1963
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 d5 9.Bxd5 Bh3 10.Bxh6 Bxf1 11.Qxf1 c6 12.Bxf7+ Ke7 13.Bxg7 Bf6 14.Bxf6+ Kxf6 15.Ne5+ Ke7 16.Qf2 Kd6 17.Qf4 Kc7 18.Nc4+ Kc8 19.Be6+ Nd7 20.Nd6+ Kc7 21.Nf7+ 1-0

Isnardo Lopez-Carlos Hinestrosa
Colombia Ch.
Barranquilla, Dec. 1972
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d3 d5 9.Bxd5 c6 10.Bb3 O-O 11.Bxh6 gxh6 12.Ne5 Be6 13.Bxe6 fxe6 14.Qg4+ Bg5 15.Qxe6+ Kg7 16.Rf7+ Rxf7 17.Qxf7+ Kh8 18.Qxb7 Qd4 19.Nf7+ Kg8 20.Nc3 Bf4 21.Rf1 Qg7 22.Qc8+ Kxf7 23.Rxf4+ Ke7 24.Ne2 Kd6 25.Qd8+ Qd7 26.Rf6+ Ke5 1-0

B. Dykes-Morata
New Hampshire, 1980
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 d5 9.Bxd5 Bh3 10.Bxh6 Bxf1 11.Qxf1 gxh6 12.Bxf7+ Kxf7 13.Ne5+ Ke7 14.Qf7+ Kd6 15.Nc4+ Kc6 16.Qe6+ Kb5 17.Nc3+ Kb4 18.a3mate 1-0

J. Mical-Sabalo, 1994
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 O-O 9.Bxh6 gxh6 10.Ne5 Kg7 11.Nxf7 Qe7 12.Nc3 d6 13.Qh5 Bg5 14.Nxg5 Qe8 15.Nf7 Qe7 16.Qxh6+ Kg8 17.Rg1+ 1-0

R. Miotto (1900)-Herbert Schild (2000)
Caorle Open
Italy, 1998
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d3 O-O 9.Bxh6 gxh6 10.Ne5 Qe7 11.Qh5 Qg5 12.Bxf7+ Kg7 13.Nc3 Qxh5 14.Bxh5 Bf6 15.Ng4 Bxc3 16.Rxf8 Kxf8 17.Rf1+ Ke7 18.bxc3 d6 19.Rf7+ Kd8 20.Rf8+ Kd7 21.Nf6+ Ke7 22.Rf7+ Kd8 23.Nd5 Be6 24.Rf8+ 1-0
(Avoiding 24…Kd7 25.Be8mate.)

J. Mical-Sabalo, 1994
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 O-O 9.Bxh6 gxh6 10.Ne5 Kg7 11.Nxf7 Qe7 12.Nc3 d6 13.Qh5 Bg5 14.Nxg5 Qe8 15.Nf7 Qe7 16.Qxh6+ Kg8 17.Rg1+ 1-0

Abdulzuhoov-Phiri
Elista Ol.
Russia, Oct. 12 1998
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 d5 9.Bxd5 O-O 10.Bxh6 gxh6 11.Ne5 Be6 12.Bxe6 fxe6 13.Qg4+ Bg5 14.Qxe6+ Kh8 15.Nf7+ Rxf7 16.Rxf7 Nc6 17.Qf5 Qg8 18.d5 Qxf7 19.Qxf7 Ne5 20.Qf5 Ng6 21.Nc3 Rf8 22.Qxf8+ Nxf8 23.Kxh2 Bf4+ 24.Kg2 Kg7 25.Ne2 Be5 26.c3 Ng6 27.Rf1 h5 28.Kh3 a6 29.Nd4 Kg8 30.Ne6 Bd6 31.c4 b6 32.b4 Be5 33.Rf5 h4 34.c5 bxc5 35.bxc5 a5 36.a4 Bg3 37.c6 Bd6 38.Nd4 Bg3 39.Nb5 Nf4+ 40.Rxf4 Bxf4 41.d6 1-0

Hugo ten Hertog (1861)-Justin Gunther (1443)
Hengelo, Aug. 9 2005
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 Ng4 9.Bxf7+ Kf8 10.Nxh4 Qxh4 11.Qf3 Nf6 12.e5 Kxf7 13.Qd5+ Ke7 14.exf6+ gxf6 15.Bf4 d6 16.Nc3 Re8 17.Rae1+ Kd8 18.Rxe8+ Kxe8 19.Qg8+ Kd7 20.Qf7+ Kd8 21.Nd5 1-0

But probably his best response is 7…d5. Now White has to choose between 8.exd5 and 8.Bxd5.

Three Pawns Gambit-6
3.Nf3 Be74.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+
7.Kh1 d5 8.exd5

Dus Chotimirsky-Robine
Hamburg, 1910
[Escalante]
[White has a won game after his 12th move. But how he wins it is spectacular.]

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.exd5 Bf6 9.d4 Ne7 10.Ng5 h6? 11.Nxf7! Kxf7 12.d6+ +- Kf8 13.Qh5 Qe8

14.Rxf6+! gxf6 15.Qxh6+ Rxh6 16.Bxh6mate 1-0

Bill Wall-Ray Bell
Statesville, NC, 1979
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.exd5 gxh2+ 8.Kh1 Bg4 9.Qe2+ Ne7 10.Bb5+ c6 11.dxc6 Nbxc6 12.Bxc6+ bxc6 13.Nc3 O-O 14.Qc4 Bxf3+ 15.Rxf3 Nd5 16.Qxc6 Nxc3 17.bxc3 Qg5 18.Ba3 Rfe8 19.Raf1 f6 20.Qc4+ Kh8 21.d4 Bg3 22.Bc1 Qh4 23.Qd3 Re1 24.Rxe1 Bxe1 25.Rh3 1-0

David Bronstein-E. Brisum
Simul, 1990
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.exd5 Bh3 9.Qe2+ Kf8 10.d4 Bxf1 11.Qxf1 Bf6 12.Nc3 Nd7 13.Bf4 Nb6 14.Bb3 Ne7 15.Bxh2 Nexd5 16.Ne4 Qd7 17.c4 Ne7 18.d5 Bxb2 19.Rd1 Nf5 20.Qf2 Bf6 21.c5 Nc8 22.d6 cxd6 23.cxd6 Nb6 24.Nfg5 Nh6 25.Nxf6 gxf6 26.Qxf6 Qc6+ 27.Nf3 Rg8 28.Qe7+ Kg7 29.Be5+ Kg6 30.Qg5mate 1-0

Ryszard Sternik (1966)-Fernando Hervás (1885)
corres., 2002
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.exd5 Bf6 9.d4 Nd7 10.Bb3 Nb6 11.c4 Bh3 12.Re1+ Ne7 13.Ne5 Bc8 14.Bf4 O-O 15.Bxh2 c6 16.d6 Nf5 17.c5 Nd7 18.Nxf7 Rxf7 19.Bxf7+ Kxf7 20.Qh5+ g6 21.Qxh7+ Bg7 22.Be5 Nxe5 0-1

Three Pawns Gambit-7
3.Nf3 Be74.Bc4 Bh4+
5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+
7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5

H. Buckle-N.N.
London, 1849
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Nc3 Nxd5 10.Nxd5 Bg4 11.Ne3 Bxf3+ 12.Qxf3 O-O 13.c3 Bf6 14.Nf5 Nd7 15.d4 Bg5 16.Qg3 h6 17.e5 Kh7 18.Rf2 Rg8 19.Bxg5 Qxg5

20.Qxg5 hxg5 21.Rxh2+ Kg6 22.Ne7mate 1-0

Morphy-Bird
Simul
London, 1859
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Bh3 12.Qh5+ Kg8 13.Rxf6 gxf6 14.Nc3 Re5 15.Qf3 Qd7 16.Bf4 Nc6 17.Kxh2 Bg4 18.Rg1 h5 19.Bxe5 fxe5 20.Nd5 Nd4 21.Nf6+ Kh8 22.Qe3 Qg7 23.Nxh5 Qh7 24.Rxg4 Qxh5 25.Qh3 Kh7 26.c3 Ne6 27.Rg6 Re8 28.Rxe6 Rxe6 29.Qxe6 Qxh4+ 30.Qh3 Qxh3+ 31.Kxh3 c5 32.Kg4 Kg6 33.Kf3 Kf6 34.Ke3 Ke6 35.d4 exd4+ 36.cxd4 cxd4+ 37.Kxd4 Kd6 38.e5+ Ke6 39.Ke4 Ke7 40.Kd5 Kd7 41.e6+ Ke7 42.Ke5 a6 43.a3 Ke8 44.Kd6 Kd8 45.e7+ Ke8 46.Kc7 1-0

Isidor Gunsberg (playing as Mephisto)-N.N.
Exhibition
London, 1879
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Nc3 Nxd5 10.Nxd5 Bh3 11.Nxh4 Bxf1 12.Qg4 O-O 13.Nf5 g6 14.Nfe7+ Kh8 15.b3 Nd7 16.Bb2+ f6 17.Rxf1 c6 18.Qxd7 Qxd7 19.Rxf6 h5 20.Rf7mate 1-0

G. Gossip-Lawrence
London, 1892
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Kg8 12.Nc3 Nxe4 13.Qf3 Nf6 14.Bg5 Bd7 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.Qxf6 gxf6 17.Rxf6 Bc6+ 18.Kxh2 Nd7 19.Rg1+ Kh8 0-1

N.N.-Friedmann
Vienna, 1899
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Ke8 11.e5 Qd5+ 12.Ng2 Bh3 13.Rf2 Ng4 14.Re2 Rf8 15.Qe1 Qf3 0-1

Pillsbury-Hageman, 1900
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Bf6 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.Bb3 Nbc6 11.e5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.Bxf7+ Kf8 14.Be6+ Bf6 15.Bxc8 Rxc8 16.Ne4 Qd5 17.Qf3 Kf7 18.c4 Qc6 19.d4 Rhf8 20.d5 Qd7 21.Nxf6 gxf6 22.Bh6 f5 23.Qh5+ Kg8 24.Bxf8 Rxf8 25.Qxh2 Ng6 26.Rae1 c6 27.Qg2 Rf7 28.dxc6 bxc6 29.Rd1 Qe6 30.Rd4 Qe3 31.Rd8+ Kg7 32.Rf3 Qe1+ 33.Kh2 Qh4+ 0-1

Jan Johansson-Hannus
Finland, 1952
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Bf6 9.Nc3 c6 10.Bb3 Be6 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.d4 Nd7 13.e5 Be7 14.Ne4 Qc7 15.Nfg5 Bxg5 16.Nd6+ Ke7 17.Rf7+ Kd8 18.Bxg5+ Ngf6 19.exf6 Qxd6 20.fxg7+ 1-0

Herluf Nedergard-Georg Jorgensen
Copenhagen, 1957
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Kg8 12.Bg5 Rf8 13.Nc3 Qd6 14.Bxf6 Rxf6 15.Qh5 Bd7 16.Nd5 Rh6 17.Qf7+ 1-0

K. Feiler-Dan Kumro
1st Natl-WE Indians, 1977
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nh6 9.d4 c6 10.Bb3 Be6 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.Bxh6 gxh6 13.Ne5 Rg8 14.Qh5+ Rg6 15.Nxg6 hxg6 16.Qxg6+ Kd7 17.Rf7+ Be7 18.d5 cxd5 19.exd5 exd5 20.Qf5+ Kc6 21.Qe6+ Bd6 22.Nc3 Qa5 23.Qc8+ Kb6 24.Rxb7+ Ka6 25.Rxb8mate 1-0

N.N.-Donisthorpe, 1980
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bb3 Bg3 10.e5 Nd5 11.Nc3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Bh3 13.Bxf7+ Kxf7 14.Ng5+ Kg6 15.Nxh3 Qd5+ 16.Qf3 Rf8 17.Qxd5 Rxf1+ 18.Kg2 h1=Q+ 19.Kxg3 Qxd5 0-1

Bill Wall-T. Magee
corres., 1980
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Rf8 11.Qf3 Nc6 12.d3 Kg8 13.Bg5 h6 14.Ng6 hxg5 15.Nxf8 Qxf8 16.Qg3 Qd6 17.Qxg5 Bh3 18.Rf3 Nxe4 19.Qh4 Qg6 0-1

Bill Wall-R. Bullock
Dayton, 1981
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nh6 9.d4 Be6 10.Nc3 Ng4 11.Bxb7 Nd7 12.Nxh4 Rb8 13.Nf5 Bc4 14.Qxg4 Bxf1 15.Nxg7+ Ke7 16.Bg5+ f6 17.Nd5+ Kf7 18.Rxf1 Rxb7 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.Rxf6+ 1-0

H. Multhopp-R. Bullock
Columbus, OH, 1982
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bb3 O-O 10.Nxh4 Nxe4 11.Qe1 Nd6 12.Nc3 Re8 13.Qg3 Be6 14.d3 Nc6 15.Bh6 g6 16.Nd5 Bxd5+ 17.Bxd5 Re5 18.Nxg6 hxg6 19.Qxg6+ 1-0

Robert Finta-Rcoh Morin
Montreal Open
Canada, 1984
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Bh3 12.Qh5+ Kg8 13.Rxf6 gxf6 14.Nc3 Nc6 15.Bf4 Ne5 16.Kxh2 Bg4 17.Rg1 Kh8 18.Rxg4 Nxg4+ 19.Qxg4 Rg8 20.Qf3 Qd4 21.Qe3 Qxe3 22.Bxe3 Rg4 23.Nf5 Rag8 24.Bd4 Rg2+ 25.Kh3 h5 26.Nd5 c5 27.Bxf6+ Kh7 28.Be5 R8g5 29.Nf6+ Kh8 30.Ng4+ 1-0

Horst Schumacher-Patrick Steiner
Landes-Einzelmeister, 1990
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 c6 9.Bxf7+ Kf8 10.Nxh4 Qxh4 11.Be6+ Nf6 12.Bxc8 Qxe4+ 13.Qf3 Qxf3+ 14.Rxf3 Kf7 15.Bxb7 g5 16.Bxa8 g4 17.Rxf6+ Kxf6 18.b4 Re8 19.Bb2+ Kg5 20.Nc3 g3 21.d3 Kh4 22.Kg2 Rf8 23.Ne4 1-0

Vivianne Muris-Karg Brunner
Netherlands U20 Ch.
Hengelo, 1994
[White gets a little greedy in the opening and pays the price.]
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nh6 9.Ne5 Bh3 10.Bxb7? Qg5 11.Qf3 Bxf1 12.Qxf1 Qxe5 13.Qh3 Qf4 14.Nc3 Ng4 0-1

Rafal Malecki (2175)-Nikolaj Osipow (2225)
Zabrzanski Wrzesien Open, 1994

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Bh3 9.Bxf7+ Kf8 10.Nxh4 Bxf1 11.Qxf1 Qxh4 12.Bd5+ Nf6 13.e5 Qd4 14.Bxb7 c6 15.Nc3 Nbd7 16.exf6 gxf6 17.b3 Rg8 18.Ba3+ Ke8 19.Qe2+ Ne5 20.Bxc6+ Kd8 21.Bg2 Rc8 22.Rf1 Rc7 23.Nb5 Qb6 24.Nxc7 Kxc7 25.Bb2 Ng4 26.Qc4+ Kb8 27.Qxg8+ 1-0

John Rummel-Ed Limayo
CompuServe, 1995

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bb3 Nxe4 10.Qe2 Qe7 11.Bxf7+ Kf8 12.Nxh4 Ng3+ 0-1

Heikel Huistra-Michiel Bouwhuis
Hengelo U16 Ch., 1997

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Kg8 12.Bg5 Nbd7 13.Qf3 h6 14.Bd2 Ne5 15.Qg2 Nfg4 16.Nc3 Qxh4 17.d4 Nc4 18.b3 Nce3 0-1

Pete WilsonRolf Bruehlmann
CompuServe, 1997

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Kg8 12.Bg5 Rf8 13.Nc3 Bh3 14.Rxf6 gxf6 15.Bh6 Nd7 16.Kxh2 Be6 17.Qh5 Kh8 18.Bxf8 Nxf8 19.Rg1 c6 20.Qh6 Qc7+ 21.Kh1 Qf7 22.Ne2 (with the idea of Nf4, Nfg6+) 1-0

Peter De Bortoli (2216)-Florin Popa (2206)
Verona Open
Italy, 1997

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Nxh4 Nxd5 10.exd5 Qxh4 11.Re1+ Kd8 12.Re3 Re8 13.Rxe8+ Kxe8 14.Qe2+ Qe7 15.Qxe7+ Kxe7 16.c4 Bf5 17.d4 Bxb1 18.Rxb1 Na6 19.b4 Re8 20.b5 Nb8 21.c5 Nd7 22.Bf4 Kd8 23.d6 cxd6 24.Bxd6 Nf6 25.Bb8 Kc8 26.Bxh2 Nd5 27.Rg1 g6 28.Rf1 f5 29.Be5 f4 30.a4 g5 31.a5 Nc3 32.a6 bxa6 33.bxa6 Re6 34.Rf3 Nd5 35.Rb3 Rxa6 36.Rb4 Kd7 37.Rb7+ Ke6 38.Rxh7 Ra1+ 39.Kg2 g4 40.Rh6+ Kf5 41.c6 Rc1 42.c7 Ne3+ 43.Kf2 Rc2+ 44.Kg1 g3 45.Rf6+ Kg5 46.Bxf4+ Kxf6 47.Bxe3 Rxc7 48.Kg2 Rc3 49.Bf4 a5 0-1

Heikel Huistra-Michiel Bouwhuis
Hengelo U16 Ch., 1998

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.Nc3 Kg8 12.d3 Nxe4 13.Nxe4 Qxh4 14.Qf3 Be6 15.Ng5 Qg4 16.Qxb7 Nd7 17.Nxe6 Qxe6 18.Qxc7 Qd5+ 19.Kxh2 Re2+ 20.Kg3 Qg2+ 0-1

Attila Horvath (2085)-Imre Matyas
Budapest, Apr. 19 2001

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O d5 7.Bxd5 gxh2+ 8.Kh1 Bf6 9.d4 c6 10.Bb3 Be6 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.e5 Be7 13.c4 Nd7 14.Nc3 Nb6 15.b3 Qd7 16.Ng5 Nh6 17.Qh5+ Kd8 18.Nce4 Kc7 19.Nc5 Bxc5 20.dxc5 Nc8 21.Be3 Nf5 22.Rxf5 exf5 23.e6 g6 24.Qxh2+ 1-0

Sylwia Karbowiak (1600)-Kaja Kacprzyk (1761)
Polish Girls U16 Ch., Mar. 31 2006

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Bf6 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.Bxf7+ Kxf7 11.e5 Ke8 12.exf6 gxf6 13.Nh4 Ng6 14.Qh5 Ke7 15.d3 Be6 16.Rxf6 Kd7 17.Bg5 Qe8 18.Raf1 Nxh4 19.Qxh4 Nc6 20.Re1 Nd8 21.Rh6 Qg8 22.Qd4+ Kc8 23.Qxd8+ 1-0

D. Marianidis (1850)-A. Karlovich (2211)
Summer Cup
Porto Carras, Greece, July 21 2009

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.O-O gxh2+ 7.Kh1 d5 8.Bxd5 Nf6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Nxh4 Re8 11.d3 Bh3 12.Rf3 Qd7 13.c3 Qg4 14.Kxh2 Qxh4 15.Rxh3 Ng4+ 0-1

Who should win this crazy opening? The answer, like in so many other openings, is the better player should win. All that you must do is to become the better player.

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