King’s Gambit

The King’s Gambit is a long-standing and ancient gambit for White in the King Pawn Openings that has stood the test of time. Although it is not commonly played, it is satisfactory in master play, and gives a good game in club play.

Diagram: King’s Gambit

Black can decline the gambit in various ways (King’s Gambit Declined) with satisfactory play for both sides, or alternatively Black

can offer their own counter-gambit with the Falkbeer Counter Gambit.

Counter-gambit: The Falkbeer Counter Gambit is a line for Black against the King’s Gambit, where Black does not accept the gambit, but instead offers a Black pawn instead.

Diagram: Falkbeer Counter Gambit against the King’s Gambit

Transposition: The King’s Gambit can arise by transposition if White plays the Bird’s Opening (1.f4), then Black responds with a From’s Gambit (1..e5!?), and then White can decline that gambit and instead transpose to the King’s Gambit by “2.e4”.

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