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.

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. Use of the term in chess originated with Ruy Lopez, and comes from the Italian phrase "dare il gambetto," which roughly translates as "to stick out one's leg to trip someone."

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