Muzio Gambit

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A gambit in the King’s Gambit where the knight is sacrificed.  The moves are 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.O-O.  The opening received the name Muzio Gambit from a book by Jacob Sarratt, who blundered in the translation of the observer who first saw the move, when Saratt translated the works of Damiano and Salvio in 1813.  The move was observed by Mutio (not Muzio), a third class player in the Naples Academy in the 1600s, who says he saw the move played between Girolamo (Geronimo) Cascio, a priest from Piazza, and another player.


  • 8 years ago · Quote · #1


    Neat... I'll try it sometime, thanks :)
  • 6 years ago · Quote · #2



    I think that's the Muzio gambit.Smile

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #3


    Does anyone have any gm games that the Muzio gambit was played in?

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #4


    not a good trick

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #5


    dunc- I think Morphy played it once or twice. I'm not sure though.

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  • 4 years ago · Quote · #9


    Black knight should have taken bishop at D6.  He should have make use of his piece advantage.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #10


    I mean Balck Queen should have taken bishop at D6.  Correction.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #11


    If black queen takes bishop at d6, Qf8 is mate.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #12


    here is a video where Hikaru Nakamura played it:

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #13


    GMs dont go back on giving material....they even give up material for positional play

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #14


    duncanduncan wrote:

    Does anyone have any gm games that the Muzio gambit was played in?

    Nakamura played it vs andreikin. search on google

  • 6 days ago · Quote · #15


    Ah the Muzio. A favorite poem of Paul Morphy (circia 1850's) was often recited by the master;

    <strong>A</strong> is the Gambit, by <a href="">Allgaier </a>found out,</p>


    <p><strong>B</strong> is the Bishop, so warlike and stout;</p>


    <p><strong>C</strong> is our Chess — the glorious game,</p>


    <p><strong>D</strong> is Defeat, with its sorrow and shame;</p>


    <p><strong>E is the Evans, a famous attack,</p>


    <p><strong>F </strong>is the False-move we wish to take back;</p>


    <p><strong>G</strong> is a Gambit, full of startling delight,</p>


    <p><strong>H</strong> is the Houses of Black and of White,</p>


    <p><strong>I</strong> is to Interpose in the midst of the fight;</p>


    <p><strong>J</strong> is <a href="'adoube/pronunciations">J'adoube</a>, which the careless must say,</p>


    <p><strong>K</strong> is the King, the soul of the play;</p>


    <p><strong>L</strong> is the<a href="mailto:joenovell@gmail?subject=What%20is%20the%20Lopez?"> Lopez</a>, the Gambit so old,</p>


    <p><strong>M</strong> is the Muzio, adventurous and bold;</p>


    <p><strong>N</strong> is the Notes, explaining our play,</p>


    <p><strong>O</strong> is the Opening, at the first of the fray;</p>


    <p><strong>P</strong> is a Pawn, marching boldly ahead,</p>


    <p><strong>Q</strong> is the Queen, mighty and dread;</p>


    <p><strong>R </strong>is the Rook, a warrior of weight,</p>


    <p><strong>S</strong> is a Stale, an unfortunate Mate;</p>


    <p><strong>T</strong> is a Tourney, where the weakest must yield,</p>


    <p><strong>U</strong> is to Unite our Pawns in the field;</p>


    <p><strong>V</strong> is Variation, which Black overlooks,</p>


    <strong>W</strong> is White, who moves first in the books;

    <strong>X</strong> is <a href="">Xantippe</a>, the meanest of mates,

    <strong>Y</strong> is to Yield, resigned to our fates;

    <strong>Z</strong> is <a href="">Zatrikiology</a><a href=""></a>a game &amp; an art of endurable fame.

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