Openings for Tactical Players: Göring Gambit

  • GM Gserper
  • | Nov 7, 2009

The subject of today's discussion is the Göring Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4. c3!?).  Just like practically any gambit, this opening is a very dangerous weapon and since it is not particularly popular these days, most of your opponents will probably be caught by surprise. Of course it is foolish to play any opening just on the basis of surprise value, so let's see if the Göring Gambit is sound.  Of course the sheer fact that this opening was played by both Old Masters (like Adolf Andersen, Aaron Nimzowitcth, Siegbert Tarrasch), as well as by the modern Grandmasters (like Velimirovic, Sermek, Tseitlin amongst others) gives a lot of confidence. Now let's check some particular variations to learn the typical ideas of the opening.

Just like in any gambit, Black can simply reject the sacrifice here too. But in this case White gets the initiative for free as the next classical game shows.


Another way to defend against this gambit is pretty typical: Black tries to solve his problem by counter strike in the center (d7-d5). In this case the game becomes sharp very quickly and one mistake can be fatal.
When Black accepts the gambit by 4...dxc3, White has two options. He can sacrifice the second pawn by 5.Bc4 when the game transposes into the Danish Gambit as happened in the next game.
Another option is 5.Nxc3 where White sacrifices just one pawn but gets a long-lasting initiative which Black wasn't able to neutralize in the next game played by modern masters.
Of course it is impossible to analyze all the lines of such a complicated opening in just one article, so if you like it, you should do your own extensive research.
Anyway, I recommend you to give the Göring Gambit a try.  I promise you a lot of excitement!
Good luck!


  • 6 years ago


    In the third game, 15...Nfd4! instead of 15...Ne3?? wins for black because after the queen moves, black plays Nxf3+ and Nxe5 with a much better position. It would be fair to mention this at least.

  • 6 years ago


    even danish transposes to goering. as you said, i tried it and the was full of excitement!

  • 7 years ago


    For the first problem, 21. R-d8++ would have delivered a checkmate a move sooner.

  • 7 years ago


    i mean wow!!!

  • 7 years ago


    this is the very 1st gambit i ever learnt bout 4 years ago and i find that 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd 4.c3 dxc 5.Bc4 cxb 6.Bxb2 d5- ( here black gives back the pawn and after bishop takes, Nf6 gains u a tempo in development) 7.Bxd5 Nf6 8.Bxf7- (the trick shot winning blacks queen but black wins back the white queen inthe next few moves) Kxf7 9.Qxd8 Bb4+ winning back the queen there still is alot more play with the minor pieces but I have never encounted anything really worth worrying about I think black has equalized easyily and itnt that blacks aim!!!!!  

  • 7 years ago


    This opening is very interesting.  I will try to work on this opening.  Thanks a lot. Smile

  • 7 years ago


    on the first puzzle 21. Rd8 # mated already.

  • 7 years ago


    Here's a trick I learned from trial and error:

    - click on the white square that says: "Click here to begin this puzzle"

    - click restart: the game board should reset itself to the beginning now.

    - click solution

    You should now be able to play the entire game from the very first move by clicking on the appropriate arrows.

    It works for me and I hope it works for everyone else who uses this "underground technique" [shhhh mum's the word   ;)   ].

    I like to see the games from the very beginning too.


  • 7 years ago


    Like whis, I wish that the beggining were presented- after all, you did entitle the article "Openings for Tactical players" Wink

  • 7 years ago


    I like that one that connect with the danish, and the way one can smoke out the king from its stronghold:)

  • 7 years ago


    I'm having trouble finding that Nimzovich game. In 1905 it must be one of his earliest professional games. Where did you find that one?

  • 7 years ago


    well thanks will try it

  • 7 years ago


    Good example,but you can mention some clear Errors !

  • 7 years ago


    wow ... these were ugly games ... ...


    ... ... yeah.

  • 7 years ago


    Foolish to play an opening for surprise value alone?  At the grandmaster level perhaps.  At the level of most of us members?  Well, at this level that comment becomes foolish.

  • 7 years ago



  • 7 years ago


    Gserper there is a quicker win for white in game 1:

    21. Rd8++ double check and mate...

    Just thought I mention that...

  • 7 years ago


    nice agresive opening....i shall give it a try too!!!

    thank you! nice article

  • 7 years ago


    nimzo's opponent resigned after move 20, so 21 and 22 are just speculative next moves by the diagrammer

  • 7 years ago


    I don't get it....there were many opportunities in the games where there was a free piece for black. The queen after the 'solution' in the like third example?

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