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Are there any gambits where I HAVE to decline?

While it's not generally given as part of the explicit definition, the term "gambit" usually refers to an offer of material that can be accepted. If it can't be accepted, then it's a trap. ...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

This is kind of out there (virtually nobody plays it as white and even fewer allow it as black) but there is a rather crazy queen sacrifice line in the Grand Prix: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

A commonly known knight sacrifice by white is the Fried Liver Attack: [FEN ""] [ECO "C57"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5?! (5... Na5 {The main line.} 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 {...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

The Cochrane Gambit: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7 This is relatively sound gambit, Topalov has played it against Kramnik. The Traxler Gambit: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 ...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

The 'Halloween Gambit' or 'Müller-Schulze Gambit' is a knight gambit in the (often characterized as dull) Four Knights Game: [FEN ""] [White "Blokje"] [Black "Platypussy"] [StartPly "7"] 1. e4 e5 2. ...
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Does blitz change the relative value of position vs material?

It just seemed obvious to me that gambits would work better with faster games, for the same reasons as given in the comments - it's harder to defend than attack, etc. I tried looking at several ...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

The Perenyi Gambit is an important theoretical variation that has been favored by GMs like J.Polgar or A.Shirov. White sacrifices at least one piece, and often two: [FEN ""] [ECO "C57"] 1. e4 c5 2. ...
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How can the Danish Gambit be exploited?

The Danish gambit isn't very popular these days because of the Schlechter Defense. The idea is to take the gambit pawns but return them quickly. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4 cxb2 5. Bxb2 ...
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What defines the name of a gambit?

There is no general rule in naming openings or opening lines in general or gambits. Sometimes it’s the inventor, sometimes the place they lived, they were born, they played the line the first time, ...
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Opening positions where declining a gambit is a blunder

Sure, for example the Halloween Gambit. This is not a sound gambit at top levels of play, but if White plays it, Black must accept. The alternatives are even worse. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 ...
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How should I play after, or refute, the Tennison Gambit?

It looks like your position fell apart pretty early on, a symptom of poor opening theory. Your King and Queen were exposed to attack within the first few moves, and White ruthlessly exploited that ...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

Not sure if this is considered a gambit, but one of the lines of the Steinitz variation of the Caro Kann defense involves white sacrificing a knight: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR ...
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How can the Danish Gambit be exploited?

If you are feeling more ambitious then the bizarre looking 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 Qe7!? is recommended by Viktor Bologan (former 2700 player). Having looked into it a bit, I believe him when he says ...
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Let's beat the Benko Gambit!

I play Benko as black and am a FM. The most trouble I have in quick games is with declined cxb5 a6 b6 line. Without the a line open I just do not have the play that Benko player craves. Also, I ...
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Why don't people play the Englund Gambit?

A part of it has to be that white doesn't have to keep the pawn. [FEN ""] 1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 Nc6 3. Nf3 Qe7 4. Nc3 Nxe5 4.Nc3 is actually the most popular move in lichess database. Black ...
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Are there any gambits where I HAVE to decline?

Yes. In this line in the Dutch Defence black cannot take the offered bishop [fen ""] 1. d4 f5 2. Bg5 h6 3. Bh4 g5 4. e3 gxh4?? 5. Qh5#
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Gambit openings for black recommendation?

Two gambits that your opponents would likely play into a fair amount, and are defined by move two, are the Latvian Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5, like a reversed King's Gambit) and the Albin Counter-gambit ...
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Is there a refutation of the Muzio gambit?

First of all, I should point out that it's actually simplest to avoid the Muzio altogether with Black; i.e. meeting 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 g5 4 Bc4 with 4...Bg7 (the Hanstein Variation) or 4...Nc6! (...
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What are the ideas behind the Blackmar-Diemer gambit?

I've used BDG countless number of times and won virtually everytime over weaker players. This is a dangerous opening if Black simply plays normal development moves, quite tricky to play in a 5-minute ...
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Is a gambit still a gambit if it's calculated through to the end?

No, it's not a gambit; a gambit is 'just' a sacrifice which is part of (well-known) opening theory, nothing more, nothing less. But, technically, what you describe is not even a real sacrifice, but a '...
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What to play if someone ignores your King's Gambit?

Well, it is funny that 4.Nc3 is then the most popular move, with 4.d4 a distant second. In practice though, 4.d4 scores a very high 73.3% for white, compared to only a typical 56.7% for 4.Nc3. In ...
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Opening positions where declining a gambit is a blunder

Some gambits whose best response is to accept. 1 e4 c5 2 d4 cxd4 4 c3: Sicilian Defence, Smith-Morra Gambit 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e5 3 dxe5 Ng4 4 Bf4 Nc6 5 Nf3 Bb4+ 6 Nbd2 Qe7: Budapest Gambit 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 ...
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Are there any gambits which yield an advantage for the side down material?

While it's a gambit by Black, what about Tal's gambit? Black is scoring 55% in 228 grandmaster and elite correspondence games after 1 e4 c5; 2 f4 d5; 3 exd5 Nf6. I'd call Black doing better than 50% ...
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What is the most sound, yet still sharp, gambit?

The Evans Gambit is probably one of the most sound. It's still occasionally played at GM level and most of the critical lines are rarely if ever tested. The Vienna Gambit and Blackmar–Diemer are ...
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How can you deal with gambits/traps opening, assuming you don't know the theory of the opening yet?

There are two approaches, accept the gambit or decline the gambit. Accept the gambit. Follow the usual best practices for calculating paying special attention to safety checks. Decline the gambit. ...
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What is the difference between Blackmar Gambit and Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, or are they the same?

To recap some history from the Wikipedia page on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit: Armand Blackmar was an American 19th century player who played the gambit 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.f3, which was referred to ...
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Omega Gambit For white

Is it too dangerous for white? Yes. what are the ideas for white? Try to use your open lines and get good piece play, I suppose. Black is already better, though (up a central pawn with no ...
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Unusual replies to Scandinavian Defense

Spielmann Gambit [Event "?"] [ECO "B02"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/ b - - 0 1"] [Setup "1"] 1. e4 d5 2. Nc3 (2...d4 {Probably the best move} 3. Nce2 {And probably the only reasonable ...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

The Frankenstein-Dracula variation of the Vienna game features a Rook sacrifice by Black (effectively an exchange sacrifice however, since the Knight will not escape). [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3....
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What defines the name of a gambit?

Depends- there's no real rule outside of "convention" and when a name's settled on by the community at large, it tends to stay that way (as openings in general). Often, it'll be named after ...
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