I just got an ad for the book Taming Wild Chess Openings by Watson & Schiller. I'm not planning to buy the book, but I was intrigued by the table of contents, especially the two lines quoted below (with chess symbols replaced by letters).
Under the heading BAD WHITE OPENINGS:
Boden–Kieseritzky Gambit: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Nxe4 5. O-O
[Title "Boden–Kieseritzky Gambit"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Nxe4 5. O-O
Under the heading GOOD WHITE OPENINGS:
Morphy Gambit: 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nxe4 4. Nc3
[Title "Morphy Gambit"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nxe4 4. Nc3
First, a terminological quibble: where do they get those names? If I remember right, the opening books I read as a child gave the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nxe4 4. Nc3 as the Boden–Kieseritzky Gambit, and did not mention any "Morphy Gambit."
But my real question is, what is so different about these two lines that makes one "good" and the other "bad"? It seems to me that they are quite similar, and very likely to transpose to the same game after a couple more moves. Am I missing some subtlety, or is this sheer carelessness on the part of the authors, who didn't notice that they were writing about the same opening twice?