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Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. f4

King's Gambit
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Moves: 1.e4 e5 2.f4
ECO code: C30-C39
Parent: Open Game

King's GambitEdit

White offers a pawn (and temporarily weakens his king side) in order to get the opportunity to play d4.

Black can accept the pawn and play 2...exf4 or refuse it. In the second case, many opportunities are offered to him. The most played are 2...Bc5 and 2...d5. Black could also reasonably play 2...Nc6 a variation that is rarely explored. White is considered to surrender an advantage when black accepts the gambit, and as such the lines of the King's Gambit Declined have become unpopular at the master level.

Theory tableEdit

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation

1.e4 e5 2.f4

2 3 4 5 6 7
King's Gambit Accepted f4
exf4
Nf3
g5
h4
g4
Ne5
Nf6
d4
d6
Nd3
Nxe4
King's Gambit Declined ...
Bc5
Nf3
d6
Nc3
Nf6
Bc4
Nc6
d3
Bg4
Na4
O-O
+/=
Falkbeer Countergambit ...
d5
exd5
c6
Nc3
exf4
Nf3
Bd6
d4
Ne7
Bc4
O-O
+/=
King's Gambit Declined ...
d6
Nf3
 
+/=
...
Nc6
Nf3
f5
exf5
e4
Ne5
Nf6
d3
Qe7
dxe4
Nxe5
Panteldakis Countergambit ...
f5
exf5
 
+/=
Norwalde Variation ...
Qf6?!
+/=
Keene Defence ...
Qh4+?!
g3
Qe7
+/=

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ReferencesEdit

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.
  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.