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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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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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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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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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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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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How to blunt the Albin Counter Gambit?

I dislike open, highly tactical games. I wouldn't mind them so much if I won them, but that isn't what happens. I was recently destroyed by the Albin Counter Gambit. I'm curious if there is a known ...
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Let's beat the Benko Gambit!

I play 1. d4 as White and I have success against almost all Black defences, except the Benko Gambit, where I score about 30%. My style is that I like solid, closed, positional games if I can, but I ...
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How to deal with the Cochrane Gambit

[fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nxf7 ?! I'm pretty sure the Cochrane Gambit isn't correct. However, I find it difficult to defend against, as some "natural" moves don't seem to work. Can ...
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How to best respond to an early black Qa5 in the Smith-Morra gambit?

I often play the Smith-Morra gambit. Recently I've been seeing black play an early Qa5, such as [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 Qa5 4. * or [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. Nf3 Qa5+ 4. * It ...
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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 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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Is use of the gambit the main way for black to win?

I always used to hate playing as black. But recently, I have used gambits more, and I feel it's so powerful, e.g. the 1... d5 response to 1. e4. Most of us know that white has a statistical advantage (...
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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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Is a gambit still a gambit if it's calculated through to the end?

I recently gambitted a knight (I call it a gambit as I gave away a knight without being able to take back). However I had calculated through all the possibilities and five moves or so later I have an ...
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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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Scotch gambit: 4… f6

[fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 f6 How should I play from here? This move seems to head off the main ideas of my kingside attack; what is the best way to proceed with the plan of ...
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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 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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Is there a refutation of the Muzio gambit?

Is there a 'refutation', i.e. a defense for black that leads to a guaranteed advantage assuming perfect play, against the Muzio gambit? [StartPly "11"] [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5....
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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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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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How to take advantage of under-development of opposing pieces?

Gambit openings are usually based on sacrificing pieces to have much better piece development. Some gambits, like Queen's gambit, or King's gambit, I can understand the idea. However, I cannot ...
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Is it always better to accept gambits?

Among chess players circulate the idea that any gambit should be accepted. It's an old and popular idea; if you don't want trouble, accept the gambit. Should this be consider a valid principle?
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What is the theoretical assessment of this 4 knights gambit?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3 Nxe4!? Some games have followed 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nc3 d4 7.Nb1 e4 8.Ng1 for example.
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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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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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Unusual replies to Scandinavian Defense

Are there any tricky, unusual replies by White against the Scandinavian Defense? I mean, avoiding 1. e4 d5 2. exd5, since, especially after 2... Nf6, for what I know, most of the tricks are on Black's ...
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How to deal with the Sicilian Wing Gambit?

The Sicilian Wing Gambit is never popular with good players, thus, it is only played as a surprise. But, how to deal with this unexpected surprise? It seems to me that all responses would just worsen ...
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In the Schliemann defense, who does Schliemann refer to?

The Schliemann's Defence or Schliemann–Jaenisch Gambit refers to the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5. f5 is of course a gambit move by black typically known as the Jaenisch Gambit when white ...
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Which gambits get good results if they're accepted, but lead to poor results for the gambiteer if they're declined?

Some gambits are playable whether the gambit is accepted or not, such as the Queen's Gambit, the King's Gambit, the Evans Gambit and the Budapest Gambit. Some are just dubious (the Elephant and a host ...
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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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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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Instructive games with a white h-pawn push in the Smith-Morra gambit?

I like to play the Smith-Morra gambit. Recently, a friend showed me a game where he (as white) successfully played a h-pawn push in the Smith-Morra gambit, which both damaged black's kingside while ...
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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 ...
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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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Should I be afraid of the Slav Tolush-Geller Gambit?

As Black, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3, I like to play 4... dxc4 5. a4 Bf5, but I am afraid to play 4... dxc4 because of 5. e4, the Tolush-Geller Gambit (always followed by 5... b5 6. e5 ...
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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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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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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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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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Definition of Soundness

What exactly does it mean for a gambit to be unsound? I see this term being used a lot but I have yet to come across a precise definition. Is it enough for white to lose the advantage that comes ...
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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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What if White declines the Volga Gambit?

rnbq1rk1/p3ppbp/3p1np1/1ppP4/2P2B2/2N2N1P/PP2PPP1/R2QKB1R b KQ - 0 8 In the above position, Black gets a solid initiative and easy play on the weak White queenside pawns after 1.cxb5 (1. Nxb5? Ne4!). ...
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Jaenisch/Schliemann Gambit

Is the Jaenisch/Schliemann Gambit being played or it has become out of fashion? PS: I am a club player (FIDE ~1800) and occasionally use it to success.
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Deviating from standard Danish gambit

I like to play the Danish gambit opening. Frequently, black won't take the last pawn to complete the standard opening, but instead plays the knight as shown below. I'll generally play Queen to b3 or ...
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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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Danish Gambit - What next?

I was studying the Danish Gambit recently. The Wikipedia page about Danish Gambit listed the first moves as: 1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3... [FEN " "] 1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. ...
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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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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?