Göring Gambit


In a team match where my opponent forgot to play 2. ..f5 for a thematical Latvian Gambit game, I found in the Göring Gambit the perfect tool to punish him for his negligence. The Göring Gambit is based on the Scotch Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4) and offers a black a pawn with 4.c3 after the usual exd4, or even two with 4.c3 dxc3 5.Bc4, called the double-pawn sacrifice in that last case. This gambit is a relative of the Danish Gambit, White sacrifices one or two pawns in return for a lead in development, and typically follows up by putting pressure on f7. If you want to know how much fun you buy in return for a simple pawn, check out the following game, my first try-out with this opening.

I have to admit being a bit disappointed after Black gave the game away in move 15. Although White already had a decisive advantage before that move, I was still behind in material and was eager to see how this game would play out.

In my opinion this opening guarantees a fun and tactical game where Black can quickly get into trouble if it fails to find the right defence. I would especially recommend it as a surprise weapon against the heavily-analysed Ruy Lopez.