Friday 19 March 2021


 Although the Bongcloud continues to hog the headlines at top level chess, there are a few other openings that are equally deserving of attention. 

One of these is the Tennison Gambit, which can either be played after the Reti or the Scandinavian. The Reti move order is slightly better (as 1... d5 is more likely than 1.e4 d5 2.Nf3) but you may only want to use it against Scandanavian players, in much the same way as the BDM can be used against 1.e4 d5 2.d4!

As with most 'rare' gambits it isn't particularly sound, but against an unwary opponent, bad things will happen.

Otto M. Tennison - NN,
New Orleans, 1891

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