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I am trying to learn more about openings and am slightly poor at this. I have been studying more about King's Gambit and consider myself adept when playing this when white but what is the best way to defend the King's Gambit? To help me solve this problem I have decided to hit the books and look at this opening in more detail. If anyone would like to contribute, please post.
The King's Gambit is a chess opening that begins:
White offers a pawn to divert the Black e-pawn and build a stronger center with d2-d4. Theory has shown that in order for Black to maintain the one pawn advantage, moves must be made that seriously weaken the position of the Black pieces. King's Gambit is one of the oldest documented openings as it was examined by the 17th century Italian chess player Giulio Polerio.
2...d6, when after 3.Nf3, best is 3...exf4 transposing to the Fischer Defense (though 2...d6 invites white to play 3.d4 instead); and 2...Nf6 3.fxe5 Nxe4 4.Nf3 Ng5! 5.d4 Nxf3+ 6.Qxf3 Qh4+ 7.Qf2 Qxf2+ 8.Kxf2 with a small endgame advantage, as in a game between Bobby Fischer and Robert Wade. The greedy 2...Qf6 (known as the Norwalde Variation), intending 3...Qxf4, is known but considered very dubious. Also dubious is the Keene Defense: 2... Qh4+ 3. g3.
Black can go further and play 2...d5 (intending 3.exd5 e4!?, cramping White's position), the aggressive Falkbeer Countergambit, where Black disdains the pawn and instead makes an all-out attempt to take advantage of white's kingside weakness. A more modern interpretation of the Falkbeer is 2...d5 3 exd5 c6!?, as advocated by Aron Nimzowitsch. The Falkbeer is generally considered to slightly favor White, however, and only if white plays 3. fxe5? would it be a mistake. However, on this line, black can now play 3...Qh4+, followed by 4. Ke2 Qxe4+ 5. Kf2 Bc5+, securing a heavy positional advantage.
As stated above, Black best accepts with 2... exf4. White then has two main continuations: 3.Nf3, the King's Knight Gambit is the most common as it develops the knight and blocks 3... Qh4+, and 3.Bc4, the Bishop's Gambit, where White's development will rapidly increase after 3... Qh4+!? 4. Kf1 followed by 5. Nf3, driving the queen away and gaining a tempo, however, most modern players will not bring out the queen. However, there are many other 3rd moves, such as:
The Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings has ten codes for the King's Gambit, C30 through C39.
Anyhow, how would you do with the King's Gambit when playing black? Would you take the pawn or defend even more? Please show your moves and make it personal. Besides, thank you wikipedia.
I have won many games against better players then myself using this abstract opening.
I would not allow him the opportunity to play the kings gambit.
I never play e5. So I don't need to worry about it!
12/22/2014 - Peter Leko vs Alexander Morozevich, Nice, 2009
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