Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 4 : How to Spot Gambits in a Chess Game

Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 4 : How to Spot Gambits in a Chess Game


The next opening is an opening that used to
be played quite a lot at one time. But, is much more rarely played now. But, it is significant
in that it is probably the oldest of the so called gambits. And, when you come to look
more deeply into the openings in Chess you’ll find that gambits form a very big part of
it. A gambit is basically just a sacrifice of usually of a pawn, in the hope of getting
a stronger position in return. And, usually the pawn that is lost is very quickly recovered
anyway. Now, in this king’s gambit the again the center king pawns were moved to the fourth
row. And, then the distinguishing feature was that white would then play this move.
Now, one I think very undesirable aspect of this and probably the reason why this opening
is no longer very popular is that it immediately takes away one of the key offending pawns
from the king. Especially, when if you remember when the king castles to here. But, nevertheless
it was played and it’s worth looking at. And, typically in this situation the gambit can
either be declined or accepted. Declining would mean, playing something like this simply
not going for it. Or, accepting it would indeed mean taking the pawn. The gambited or as it’s
sometimes called the poisoned pawn. So, we come to here and then probably the next move
for white would be possibly this move. And, thereafter very shortly this pawn would be
developed so that he now has an attack and has a way of recovering this pawn here. And,
as I say the underlining idea is that it does get the pieces out quickly.

8 thoughts on “Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 4 : How to Spot Gambits in a Chess Game

  1. Declining it with Bc4 is much better than the pawn move, as it allows a trap if the pawn is taken(recovering the pawn and a rook) or if declined, the bishop still carves a nice diagonal that stops kingside castling and usually requires two tempi to get rid of.

  2. With the exception of Nf3, f4 is perhaps white's best continuation after blacks e5 move. Bobby Fisher played the Kings Gambit very well as did others. You mainly see it at the top level of play because most club and lower rated players don't like pushing their f pawn especially if they plan on caslting King side. But there is nothing wrong with f4 if you know what you are doing.

  3. The King's gambit is actually becoming more popular again, it's being very advertised on chess.com, and it is the favorite opening for white of many grandmasters! It's more powerful than people think, and it's very easy to underestimate. It turns into a tactical jungle!

  4. @dragonheadofthewest Because if you've played grandmasters (like I have), you'd know that immediate aggression does not always work. The King's gambit 'sets the opponent up'; That's why it's called a gambit (or gift).

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