King’s Gambit: Powerful Chess Opening Weapon for White!


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Before we get to the King’s Gambit, I hope that you have watched our previous video lessons: one about the chess opening traps in the Center Game, and the other about the Fajarowicz variation in the Budapest Gambit. If you have not watched those video lessons yet, I recommend that you do so now.

In these two lessons, we saw some brilliant attack and interesting traps in these openings; some of them are even from the top-level games. We also learnt how some tricky moves can decide the game in just a few moves. Therefore, it is important that one studies this topic thoroughly.

That said, I’m happy to inform you that we’ll be launching a course about this topic – chess opening traps. The course will be released on Friday, 14 August. Stay tuned! 😊

Next Live Stream on YouTube

Our guest coach IM Mateusz Kolosowski will be doing his second live stream on the RCA YouTube channel on Saturday, 15 August at 6 pm UTC. (check timings here). Further details to follow.The King’s Gambit is a chess opening that arises after the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.f4.

King's Gambit

White’s Main Plans in the King’s Gambit

White offers the f-pawn to divert Black’s e-pawn. If Black accepts the gambit, White has two main plans.

1) The first plan is to play d4 and Bxf4, regaining the gambit pawn with central domination.
2) The other plan is to play Nf3 and Bc4, followed by 0-0, when the semi-open f-file created after a pawn push to g3 allows White to attack the weakest point in Black’s position, the pawn on f7.

Drawbacks for White

A drawback for White is that he weakens his own king’s position, exposing it for Black to deliver the annoying Qh4+ (or …Be7–h4+). With a black pawn on f4, White cannot usually respond to the check with g3, but if the king is forced to move, then it also loses the right to castle.

Interesting Games

Our Academy Manager Angelos Kesaris has prepared a video lesson for you, in which he analyses some of the interesting games from this opening. He explains how powerful this opening is for White, especially for games with shorter time-controls; i.e. blitz and rapid games.
 

 
You can download the PGN of these games below:

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