King's Gambit? Accepted!


A friend of mine is well known to play the king's gambit and loves open tactical games. I play 1. d4 and do better in a positional game. I typically meet his 1. e4 with the French or Sicilian,  but in this game decided to let him play his King's Gambit. Sometimes having fun in chess means coming out of our well trodden lines and playing positions we wouldn't normally get into.


After accepting the gambit, I was in unfamiliar territory and just wanted to get a position where I could develop my pieces and not get creamed on f7. Here is the result:


I'm sure there were positional principles that one could find in that game, but there is also something satisfying about viewing it as a purely tactical exercise.