I recently heard of an opening called the "Colorado Gambit". My chess opening is pretty weak and my friend suggested I might try it. What is Colorado Gambit and what is the reasoning behind the moves?

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    1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 f5?! is the Colorado Gambit. If your opening is pretty weak, I would definitely not recommend even studying the Colorado Gambit. You will spoil your game.
    – Wes
    Jul 29 '14 at 13:52
  • Thanks. Well, do you have any better opening?
    – Abhishek
    Jul 29 '14 at 13:55
  • study the games of Capablanca and Lasker and see the openings they played. You will learn a lot from them. chessgames.com/player/jose_raul_capablanca.html chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=19149
    – Wes
    Jul 29 '14 at 13:56
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1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 f5?!

This is the Colorado Gambit.

If you are looking for a good solid opening, try looking up some of the following:

This is more than enough for the beginning. All the best!

  • in my days you didn't need rep to post links, is it a new rule?
    – Lynob
    Aug 17 '14 at 10:57
  • Maybe it was done in order to avoid spam? Either way, I edited my post and added links for all openings, so its not a problem anymore.
    – vs97
    Aug 17 '14 at 11:00
  • @Fischer You need 10+ rep to put more than two links in a post. As Vas87thRD says, it's to prevent spam. Aug 17 '14 at 16:51
  • @DavidRicherby okay, when was the rule invented?
    – Lynob
    Aug 17 '14 at 18:38
  • @Fischer No idea. Try asking on Stack Exchange Meta if you can't find it by searching. Aug 17 '14 at 19:48

First, an off-beat opening like this isn't going to help you improve. You might get some cheap wins but you aren't learning anything.

However, I've never seen this gambit and am fairly intrigued by it. The natural moves that you're likely to see (e5,Nc3,d3) score really bad for white. White can only really play 3.exf5 after which 3...d5 wins the pawn back, gives black an equal share of the center and a lead in development. The resulting pawn structure reminds of a mirror-image Boleslavsky structure in the Sicilian in that black could get receive a very good endgame if he could get e5 in and trade it for white's d-pawn. I'm not sure how all the tactics work out (especially after 5. Bb5) but it looks interesting enough to take a look at especially given how little theory there is in 1...Nc6.

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