Weekly Article: Exploring the King's Gambit, Part Two
Exploring the King's Gambit, Part Two: Week 2 - August 17, 2011
"The King's Gambit is one of the oldest and most-used openings in the game of chess. The possibilities that this opening presents have intrigued the greatest chess minds for years."
Hello everybody! To begin this week's article, let's review the basics of the chess opening itself. As I said before, the opening's main purpose is to divert the Black pawn, e5, from the center, open the f-file, and seize the center by moving d2 - d4. In short, white attempts to challenge black's center and begins an attack on the Black's kingside.
Last week, I focused more on white's advantage with this chess opening. This week I will provide some advice for players that encounter the King's Gambit while playing as Black.
Black can choose whether to accept or decline the Gambit (in other words, the sacrificed pawn).
If Black chooses to accept the Gambit, then they open up an entire file and weaken defenses on their f7 pawn. This square is a major disadvantage in Black's setup against White. Black's first priority should be to defend the Kingside.
One of the most popular counter-attacks to the King's Gambit chess opening is the Fischer's Defense. The Fischer's Defense is simple: Black advances his/her center pawn to d6.
The main purpose of the defense is to restrict development for White's pieces. Most often, the White side's Knight is forced to disadvantaged squares. If played through properly, Black can force White's pieces into uncomfortable positions, thus providing Black with a major advantage.