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I would define "sound" as any opening [or gambit] where the other side cannot win with perfect play.
Depends how define "perfect play", I guess?....Your position is utterly subjective.
Well perfect play is making each time a move which gives you a fastest win in the won position and slowest draw/lose in the lost one
I too like playing against 3....g5. I ve won all games against it.
good for you. And how many games and against what competition?
I believe "sound" as a simple meaning... it is an opening that does not give a serious advantage to your opponent
Your definition of "sound" is reasonable. However, there are many definitions of a "sound" chess opening. Best when using the word "sound" to give the particular definition you are using. Otherwise you will be talking past each other.
the king's gambit lines should be studied so that one knows how to play against it but i don't think it should be played.
You cannot use engine play as a reason not to play an opening. That paper made the Caro look horrible when it is general consensus that it is a solid opening. Above all else, all openings are playable up until about 1900 in my opinion.
The sole thing this paper is proving is that the author is wasting precious time with nonsense.
Within reason, the first few moves do not gain advantage regardless.
king gambit good for white
The Kings Gambit, like most well known openings, leads to a draw with best play by both sides.
Black, [if he knows what he is doing] will get a slight advantage out of the opening but White [if he a strong enough player] will eventually equalize and the game will end in a draw if both sides do not make a mistake.
Many top players will not play the Kings Gambit as White as they believe either that Black can equalize rather easily or that Black has a slight advantage from the opening with 3. ... g5!
That is exactly how I feel. It isnt played because it is unsafe and their are better options. It puts more pressure on the white player to not make a mistake
I think there are a couple reasons why the KG is not played much at the highest levels. First, most GM's tend to play fairly cautiously. They have reputations to maintain and most would usually rather draw than risk losing a game, especially in a tournament and especially to a lower rated player. The KG is a risky opening. It's risky for White, but it's also risky for Black. It's an opening for aggressive players who don't mind walking the tight rope and taking a risk to win.
The other main factor I think is that most GM's play the Sicilian nowadays in response to 1.e4, so if white intends to play the KG, he often won't have the opportunity.
Having said that, several noted GM's have made it part of the repertoire, including Bronstein and Spassky and more recently, Joe Gallagher,Hikaru Nakamura and Alexei Fedorov.
Erring on the side of caution, I would say those who claim an opening is unplayable and or unsound based soley upon a lack of play at Grandmaster level either don't under Grandmaster level play (of which, I think the above post by the Vision says it all) and or are quite easily fooled into believing that what is not played at GM level should not be played at any level...My Golly gosh, a chess playing life full of games with Caro's and Berlin variations of the Lopez..ZZZZzzzzZZZZZ....what a boring thought...and people wonder why the King's Gumboot remains so popular even if it is so risking, unsound and heaven forbid as the tin foil hat nutter brigade claim, refuted?
I think it's just that Black has too many options against the KG on top of accepting it and it is very risky. I don't know if it's even played in rapid games anymore. Another issue is that there are a lot of other ways that White can get very active play without that sort of risk.
I remember Nakamura playing the English of all things when he needed a win against Giri and got a miniature against him. The opening went:
But anyway those points are trivial to most players anyway as the only real risk is not understanding White's compensation and drifting into a worse position.
Here's an interesting game I stumbled on today. I forgot to mention Alexander Morozevich in my list of GM's who sometimes play the KG.
> remember Nakamura playing the English of all things when he needed a win against Giri and got a miniature against him.<
That game was drawn after 39 moves. What miniature?
If by good you mean not absolutly lost on move three then yes.
If by good you mean good then the ruy lopez and queens gambit are what you are looking for
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