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.


  • 7 years ago · Quote · #41


    Me and my friends had a two month period of opening a King's Gambit.  We usually played either 3. Bc5 or 3. Nf3.  Both worked really well and fun games were had on both sides of the chess board.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #42


    turbine you got to be kidding me

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #43


    I play against the King's gambit frequently.  I simply play 1. e4 e5 2. f4 Bc5.  This bishop is very annoying as it prevents white from castling easily.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #44


    i find the divation very beneficial especialy on my part since 1e4 e5 2d3 loses the control of the centre.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #45


    how do you handle 3d4 h4???

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #46


    I've heard of it before and won many games with the kings gambit.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #47


    I've heard of the kings gambit and won many games with it.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #48



  • 7 years ago · Quote · #49


    This is definitely a awesome opening, but I prefer 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #50


    b.spassky was surprised when b.fischer used it in on one of their champioship games in manila, philippines. too bad i havent got that game but i guess d chessworld begun 2 ponder on that gambit when bobby won d game...

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #51


    I don't get it. 17. Why not Qh7 instead of Bh7.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #52


    On move 17. Why not Qh7 instead of Bh7

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #53


  • 7 years ago · Quote · #54


    Why white move 17.Bh7+ ?? Just play 17.Qh7#.

    Does anyone know the best strategy for black against King's gambit?

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #55


  • 7 years ago · Quote · #56


    good reading

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #57


    You had mate with 16...

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #58


    i like playing this gambit it leads to lots of tactics and strategy truly a fun chess opening i am addicted.

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #59



  • 6 years ago · Quote · #60


    I don't know about you guys....

    but I am not interested in this kind of openning at all!

    In this text we read that this openning seriously weaken the position of the Black pieces, but I don't think so!

    The position of the black pieces will not be seroiusly weaken by white king gambit!

    That's stupid! so what? Sacrefice a pawn at the beginning of the game to have more control in the center? Central control is a complex situation and there is a lot of other ways that Black can gain control of the center after white King Gambit!

    do you really think that you can disable central control of your opponent just by sacreficeing a pawn? I don't think so.....

    Moreover, you will mar your pawn defence line in front of your king by king gambit openning!

    it's my opinion .... maybe because I am not a sacrificial chess player.

    anybody agree with me?

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