16129 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Last updated on 7/22/14, 5:29 PM.
The purpose of this opening is to gain control of the center by diverting Black's epawn with 2. f4. You play as follows: e4 e5 f4. Now if Black plays exf4 (King's Gambit Accepted), then normal play by White includes either Bc4 (Bishop's Gambit) which invites Qh4+ Kf1, and White loses the right to castle, but it is not terrible at all, since 1. after Nf3, the queen has to move, 2. after d4, black's f-pawn is under attack and White has a strong grab of the center, and 3. the king is not as poorly placed at f1 as it looks. White can also play Nf3 to prevent Qh4 and prepare d4, but this allows d5, a decent counterattack by Black at White's center. So the preference is up to you, depending on what kind of play you like.
Many King's Gambit players have a strong sacrificial style, choosing initiative over material. They will attack with all they have quickly at Black's king, sometimes sacrificing two or three pieces with the aim of checkmate.
A few lines are as follows:
e4 e5 f4 exf4 Nf3 g5 (Black aims to keep the pawn on f4) h4! (to counterattack the pawn structure) and g4 is obliged (if gxh, then Rxh and White has many serious threats against Black's kingside) and then White can play Ne5 (the Kieseritsky Gambit) with a more positional nature, or Ng5 (the Allgaier) with a plan to sac the knight on f7 and pull the king into the center of the board.
After Nf3, Black can also choose d5 to open the board and attack White's center.
Black can also choose e4 e5 f4 d5!?, the Falkbeer countergambit designed to cramp White's position after exd e4 (if fxe??, then Qh4 and White needs to start praying).
You may ask why White, in any sane state of mind, would want to expose the king so early with f4. If you are going to play an opening, you have to understand its imbalances. The king is unsafe if you cannot keep him safe. World champions have used this opening successfully for decades. As a matter of fact, this opening used to be a top level choice until around the 60's I believe, when Fischer wrote a supposed bust to the King's Gambit. The idea is that Black obtains a satisfactory position by relinquishing the held pawn at the right moment. The thing is that when this opening was at its prime, people weren't worried about getting back that f-pawn...they wanted the king from move 1.
So if you are going to try the King's Gambit, get a book on one of the lines and spend some time with it. Like any other opening...it is like a relationship - the more time you spend with it, the better you get to know it and understand it.
It's a great opening, and I win more often than not with it. I allways play 3.Bc4
to prevent d5, and am prepared to move my king to f1, it is not a nice opening to play against, and I do much better against someone I know who is rated about 600-700 higher than me, as he is disconcerted by it.
game xplorer can help u with stuff like this.
If you ever play against the Kings Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.f4 avoid Qh4+ it loses time White plays 3.g3 Black retreats the Queen White brings out his pieces he can get a strong attack going that's tough to stop.
There are better lines to meet the opening like the Falkbeer 2.d5
automatically white controls the center squares
yes!! very powerful....
I was always losing to this kings gambit opening as black, but now I have ficsher defence at hand....kings gambit accepted fisher defence kicks white's boootey!!
i like this.... and i want to learn more in kings gambit. Where should i find those opening...?
Definitely a good opening play
i prefer queens gambit
You must be logged in to edit this page.
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!