Gambits

Gambits are chess openings where one player intentionally gives away a “free” pawn in return for some other advantage, usually a gain in time or a more attacking position. The gambit player doesn’t expect to get the pawn back immediately. Instead, the player of the gambit gets a slightly better position in terms of having more activity, developing pieces more quickly (time advantage), or having a more attacking position. The person accepting the gambit pawn will probably have a more defensive game but will win in the endgame with the extra pawn if they can survive the middlegame.

Gambits for White in the King Pawn Openings include:

Gambits for Black in the King Pawn Openings include:

Gambits for White in the Queen Pawn openings include:

Gambits for Black in the Queen Pawn openings include:

Other Gambits for White include:

Other Gambits for Black include:

Most gambits offer up a pawn, but there are a few “Two Pawn Gambits” and “Piece Gambits” (sacrificing a piece).

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