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From's Gambit

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A countergambit against White's Bird's Opening: 1. f4 e5 2. fxe5 d6 3. exd6 Bxd6. While this looks pretty tame as gambits go, since no Black piece is aimed directly at White's King, an example of how things can get out of hand is 4. Nf3 g5 5. d4 (or 5. g3) g4 and White is not getting what he expected from the "quiet" and "solid" Bird's Opening.

An interesting possibility is declining the From's Gambit by 2. e4, making the game a King's Gambit. As a matter of psychological chess, Black is already doing well.

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  • 5 years ago · Quote · #1

    WaterAlch

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #2

    maulmorphy007

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #3

    Larrow

    This is what i like to play against the Bird, but the fact is 90% of the time white seems to transpose to the kings gambit, which is simply just not as fun.  Besides this fact, I love to play for From's gambit.  Loosing the 2 pawns seems rather dubious but it is in fact a trade of one pawn for tempo and development.  A good source for researching the opening are the games played between Bird and Blackburne. They can attest to both the toughness of From's gambit as a defense, as well as proving there compensation for the gambited pawn.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #4

    birdsopening

    The From's Gambit is really for black. Often white can overlook the threat of Qh4+ and his whole position will collapse. And against the King's Gambit you can just play the Falkbeer Countergambit and you will be the one attacking.

  • 18 months ago · Quote · #5

    nahtanoj23

  • 5 months ago · Quote · #6

    BirdBrain

    birdsopening wrote:

    The From's Gambit is really for black. Often white can overlook the threat of Qh4+ and his whole position will collapse. And against the King's Gambit you can just play the Falkbeer Countergambit and you will be the one attacking.

     

    I am glad to see your opinion on this.  I know that Taylor downgrades the d4-Ng5 line, but I think it offers White some interesting possibilities.

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