Questions tagged [gambits]

A gambit is an opening where one player sacrifices material - usually a pawn, but sometimes multiple pawns or even a piece - in order to gain some positional advantage, e.g. a lead in development or more space.

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Does blitz change the relative value of position vs material?

The way I see it, true gambits trade material for position, which in turn could give you opportunities to regain more material. However, in blitz play, you are less likely to notice those ...
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Why don't people play the Englund Gambit?

[FEN ""] 1. d4 e5 I have been playing this gambit for over 8 months with extensive analysis and have come to the conclusion that it is a very playable opening and, in many cases, black can ...
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Straightforward refutation of the Stafford gambit

I recently found the the following line that completely neutralizes the Stafford gambit, and lets white keep the pawn with a healthier structure and a calm game ahead with plenty of winning chances. [...
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Who is the Ross Gambit named after?

Recently in an infamous online charity simul, against Vishy Anand's Zukertort opening 1. Nf3, Indian billionaire Nikhil Kamath played the dubious 1...e5?, the so-called "Ross Gambit" by ...
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Are there any gambits where I HAVE to decline?

I know popular openings like the Queen's Gambit can be accepted with an initiative for white. Is there any gambit where accepting it would lead to a forced mate for the player that accepted it?
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Has anyone had positive results using the Ruy Lopez Norwegian variation nightingale gambit?

There is a variation of the Ruy lopez that I have recently played and made two sacrifices and ended up with a very good game, and I wanted to know if anyone else could or have tried it? Here is the ...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

My impression of the word "gambit" is the sacrifice of a pawn or several pawns at the opening stage of a chess game. However, based on the definition on Wikipedia, a gambit (from ancient ...
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How to proceed after declined Queen's Gambit?

I am a intermediate-level player. How can I proceed after a declined Queen's Gambit, as White?
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How to avoid falling into unfamiliar traps in the opening stage?

I will be playing with a player in a few days and his level (1400ish) is slightly lower than mine (1500ish). However, he is very familiar with dubious gambits and opening traps and I can easily lose ...
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Stafford Gambit Accepted - Qe2 - What to do?

Today I have been playing some new lines I haven't tried before. I am quite fond of the Petrov (Russian) Defense and I found some interesting lines particularly the Stafford Gambit seemed to peak my ...
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Gambit openings for black recommendation?

I recently started to learn chess, but I play mid to advanced Chinese chess. So to get the most out of transferable skills, I would like to avoid positional/pawn play, but prefer aggressive openings ...
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Center Game: Von der Lasa Gambit

I am looking at this game and saw this opening. [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Qh5+ g6 6.Qd5+ Kg7 7.Qxc5 The 3.Bc4 is new to me. I think people usually play 3.Qxd4. So, ...
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Most Gambits Declined in a Single Game

Bit of an odd question that has arisen from a game that I played today. In the game it started of with the Queens Gambit (which appear to be the flavour of the month due to Netflix). I usually dont ...
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Is there an aggresive opening for black if white does not accept the Traxler's counterattack?

I want to play sharp, complicated Traxler games in bullet. To do this, I must play the Two Knights Defence. The problem is that rarely people go for the Fried Liver, and usually I play the Four ...
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What is a gambit?

I am a chess beginner, having played over 500 games. However, I never understood gambits, despite the fact that I am very good at openings. I always play the Queen's Opening, King's Opening, or the ...
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Pawn gambits "For The Win"

Possibly confirmation bias, but I often find a game I've won involved the loss (intentional or otherwise) of a pawn, which has opened up a file for rook attack, particularly on b/g files. Is there ...
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Are gambits a good way to improve tactical awareness (for strong amateurs)?

As gambits are all about activity, initiative, and attack, should I start playing gambits to increase my awareness and all these things?
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What defines the name of a gambit?

What defines the name of a gambit? To be obvious, if someone were to use a gambit often (of their own theory), you would name that gambit after them or so, right (like the Ruy Lopez opening)? How then ...
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The Ryder Gambit

I am learning the Ryder Gambit with a book by FM Eric Schiller called The Ryder Gambit Accepted updated in 2011: A Chess Works Publication so I can play it in tournaments. Is it worse than the Danish ...
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The Mosquito Gambit

[FEN ""] [startply "5"] 1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 Qh4 3. Nf3 I reached this position after following the line for the Englund Gambit. Lichess says that this is known as the Mosquito Gambit. Is it a joke ...
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Aggressive response to 1.d4? [duplicate]

As black, against 1.d4, which aggressive response do I have? I looked at queen's gambit accepted, queen's gambit declined, king's Indian defence and the Slav defence. But all of this options appear to ...
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Beat the Polish defence

I was playing a game against a FIDE master which started with the Polish defence, Spassky gambit: 1. d4 b5 2. e4 Bb7 3. Bxb5 f5 [White "Bad_Bishop"] [FEN ""] 1. d4 b5 2. e4 Bb7 3. Bxb5 f5 What are ...
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What is the idea behind Schuhler Gambit?

The Schuhler Gambit is a line in the Sokolsky Opening. [FEN ""] 1. b4 c6 2.Bb2 a5 3.b5 cxb5 4.e4 White gives away their b-pawn here. Stockfish claims this actually gives a small advantage ...
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What is the most sound, yet still sharp, gambit?

I have played chess seriously for a little over a year and my style is an aggressive one. I started off playing really dubious gambits (at least in my opinion) like the King's Gambit and the Latvian ...
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Lisitsin gambit vs From's gambit

The Lisitsin gambit usually involves a bishop on d3 and a knight on g5. From's gambit has only a bishop on d6, but the gambit-accepting side has less development than the Lisitsin. How would this ...
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What proofs for refuted gambits are there?

I've stumbled upon this article a while ago, and I've also seen refutations for the Muzio Gambit (Joseph Kling & Bernard Horwitz - Chess Studies on Endings of Games). I'm wondering what other ...
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In the open Catalan, should Black hold onto their pawn?

In the open Catalan, Black can hold onto the c4-pawn with b7-b5 and a7-a6. If so, then the queenside will have to be severely weakened. I think that this approach is reasonable and playable, but many ...
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Lisitsin Gambit Traps

I've started to play the Lisitsin Gambit (1.Nf3 f5 2.e4), and this opening works well for me. However, I have analysed my games and found I have neglected to take advantage of several traps. What are ...
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Double Grob-Coca-cola Gambit?

I was using the opening explorer on Chess.com when I came upon the following line 1.g4 g5 2. f4 (Coca-cola gambit)!? How did this opening get its name? It sounds like Coca-cola walked up to Fide and ...
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List of bad gambits?

There are many good gambits, from tactical ones such as the Fried Liver Attack, the Evans Gambit, or the King's Gambit, to positional ones such as the Volga Gambit. But there are many bad gambits, ...
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The Urusov Gambit

The curious Urusov Gambit seems something of a gimmick. A great article on it appears here [Event "Urusov Gambit"] [Site "Tehran IRI"] [Date "2016.10.28"] [Round "4.20"] [White "Mashmooli, Kian"] [...
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Are there any gambits which yield an advantage for the side down material?

For this question I'm interested only in gambits that: Are real gambits. That is, the side that's risking the material actually ends up down material + cannot count on winning the material back. This,...
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How should I play after, or refute, the Tennison Gambit?

I played a game as Black in which I fell victim to a gambit trap and soon resigned. Stockfish labled it as the "Tennison Gambit." [FEN ""] 1. Nf3 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Ng5 Nf6 4. d3 ...
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Do the new chess AIs play gambits?

Do the new chess AIs, such as Alpha Zero and Leela Zero, play gambits? By gambit, I do not mean a merely nominal gambit like the mainline Queen's Gambit, but rather a genuinely speculative offer of ...
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Which gambits have been most successful?

Besides the Queen's Gambit (which isn't really a gambit anyway), which gambits have been most successful as far as winning percentage and usage at high levels of play?
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Why is this gambit also known as the Maltese Falcon Gambit?

Why is the Gibbins-Wiedehagen Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.g4) also known as the Maltese Falcon Attack (or Gambit)? Is there any specific reason for that?
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Idea behind e-pawn sacrifice in Open Sicilian: Najdorf, Freak Attack (6. Rg1)?

There are 10 games in my database with this variation played on a high level and the White score is +6-2=2, almost always White is the elo-wise weaker player. The highest rated White player to employ ...
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What to play if someone ignores your King's Gambit?

So I'm an (unranked, but ~1500 on lichess) amateur who's been working on developing my opening strategy for some time, and I've basically been using the King's Gambit for a variety of reasons: It is ...
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What are the ideas behind the Blackmar-Diemer gambit?

I have a new chess student who likes risky openings. We conducted an exercise where we played the first 4 or 5 moves to see which openings come naturally to him. He chose the Scandinavian Defence and ...
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Does playing gambits improve your tactical skills?

I once heard that you can sharpen your tactical skills by playing gambit openings? If this is true, obviously you would and should improve your game. Does anyone have any information or proof of ...
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King's Gambit - Falkbeer Countergambit

I like to play blitz games online (mostly 3, occasionally 5 minutes per player). When I play those, it is usually for enjoyment and getting into wild games - romantic chess, if you will. This ...
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Why 4... Nxb4 is not played in Evans gambit?

4... Nxb4 is never played on chesstempo database for +2200 players games, being Bxb4 the most popular move. I don't find any significant change after capturing the pawn with the knight unless after 5....
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Book on Black openings

I recently finished Neil McDonald's "Starting Out: 1.e4!". Now I would like to learn some Black responses. Could someone recommend a book at similar level to Neil's, but focus on Black? I'm not sure ...
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Are there any "underground" openings or gambits?

Playing a lot of blitz online, from time to time I meet quite strong players who regularly use very dubious lines that can have some shock or practical value in blitz or bullet chess, such as these, ...
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What are some advantages/disadvantages of accepting/declining gambits?

Most of the time I see gambits are declined, but what are the advantages or disadvantages of accepting or declining gambits? I know this depends on the type of gambit, but I am looking for a more ...
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What is the Colorado Gambit?

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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What is the reason for using gambits on defence?

As I understand it, gambits are used in aggressive play, such as in the King's Gambit and Queen's Gambit ... But: What is the reason behind playing gambits on defence, such as in the French ...
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How can the Danish Gambit be exploited?

When dealing with gambits, especially ones where your opponent could have a lot more active pieces to pressure you. Is declining the best approach? A friend of mine usually always wrecks me with the ...
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What is the theoretical consensus on the Roscher Gambit?

Edit: My mind played a trick on me after the fact. As Akavall notes in a comment, the Chadaev-Carlsen blitz game that I mention below actually proceeded 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nf3, a different gambit ...
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King's Gambit, Wagenbach Defense 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 h5

Has this gambit (6.Ng5!) been played? (I only found games with 6.Ne5.) Is it any good? Is it the refutation of Black's silly 3...h5 (the Wagenbach Defense)? [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 h5 4.d4 ...