King's Gambit

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The King's Gambit is a chess opening characterised by very lively and aggresive play which is the case for most gambits. It has been very popular in the 19th century, the era of romatic chess, where attacking chess was at his peak. Nowdays it is rarely seen in top level but it is still popular among club players. White's purpose of sacrificing his f pawn is to open lines for his pieces and weaken black's center, thus creating ideal circumstances for an attack. Indeed, in this opening white attacks very early in the game, unlike most other chess openings. If black does not take the pawn, white will still have some open lines but play will be calmer. Another important point to note about the King's Gambit is that white, by moving his f pawn, weakens his king's defence severely and this more or less forces him to start an attack. Passivity will quickly result into a losing position.


  • 9 years ago · Quote · #1


    Where can I get more info on K Gambit?
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #2


    i want to learn more in kings gambit where should i find those opening?
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #3


    I love this opening ^_^
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #4


  • 9 years ago · Quote · #5


    i want to learn about this opening.
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #6

    chessfanforlife isnt working......Yell
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #7


    Whats the purpose of this openning?
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #8


    the kings gambit is more accepted than the queens gambit but i still dont get the point of kings gambit
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #9


    kings gambit is claimed to be a positional play by white deprieving black off with its e5 pawn,white gains control of the center
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #10


    I prefer Queen Gambit. It is less dangerous in my eyes
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #11


    The purpose of this opening is to gain control of the center by diverting Black's epawn with 2. f4.  You play as follows: e4 e5 f4.  Now if Black plays exf4 (King's Gambit Accepted), then normal play by White includes either Bc4 (Bishop's Gambit) which invites Qh4+ Kf1, and White loses the right to castle, but it is not terrible at all, since 1. after Nf3, the queen has to move, 2. after d4, black's f-pawn is under attack and White has a strong grab of the center, and 3. the king is not as poorly placed at f1 as it looks.  White can also play Nf3 to prevent Qh4 and prepare d4, but this allows d5, a decent counterattack by Black at White's center.  So the preference is up to you, depending on what kind of play you like. 

    Many King's Gambit players have a strong sacrificial style, choosing initiative over material.  They will attack with all they have quickly at Black's king, sometimes sacrificing two or three pieces with the aim of checkmate. 

     A few lines are as follows:

    e4 e5 f4 exf4 Nf3 g5 (Black aims to keep the pawn on f4) h4! (to counterattack the pawn structure) and g4 is obliged (if gxh, then Rxh and White has many serious threats against Black's kingside) and then White can play Ne5 (the Kieseritsky Gambit) with a more positional nature, or Ng5 (the Allgaier) with a plan to sac the knight on f7 and pull the king into the center of the board.

    After Nf3, Black can also choose d5 to open the board and attack White's center.

    Black can also choose e4 e5 f4 d5!?, the Falkbeer countergambit designed to cramp White's position after exd e4 (if fxe??, then Qh4 and White needs to start praying). 

    You may ask why White, in any sane state of mind, would want to expose the king so early with f4.  If you are going to play an opening, you have to understand its imbalances.  The king is unsafe if you cannot keep him safe.  World champions have used this opening successfully for decades.  As a matter of fact, this opening used to be a top level choice until around the 60's I believe, when Fischer wrote a supposed bust to the King's Gambit.  The idea is that Black obtains a satisfactory position by relinquishing the held pawn at the right moment.  The thing is that when this opening was at its prime, people weren't worried about getting back that f-pawn...they wanted the king from move 1. 

     So if you are going to try the King's Gambit, get a book on one of the lines and spend some time with it.  Like any other is like a relationship - the more time you spend with it, the better you get to know it and understand it.

  • 9 years ago · Quote · #12


    using king's gambit opening is quite is just like a sudden death war in the ancient be aware of it!!!
  • 8 years ago · Quote · #13


    It's a great opening, and I win more often than not with it. I allways play 3.Bc4

    to prevent d5, and am prepared to move my king to f1, it is not a nice opening to play against, and I do much better against someone I know who is rated about 600-700 higher than me, as he is disconcerted by it.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #14


    game xplorer can help u with stuff like this.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #15


    For Beginners:

    If you ever play against the Kings Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.f4 avoid Qh4+ it loses time White plays 3.g3  Black retreats the Queen White brings out his pieces he can get a strong attack going that's tough to stop.

    There are better lines to meet the opening like the Falkbeer 2.d5

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #16


    automatically white controls the center squares

    3. d4




    yes!! very powerful....

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #17


    I was always losing to this kings gambit opening as black, but now I have ficsher defence at hand....kings gambit accepted fisher defence kicks white's boootey!!

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #18


    i like this.... and i want to learn more in kings gambit. Where should i find those opening...?

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #19


    Definitely a good opening playSmile

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #20


    i prefer queens gambit

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