|Moves: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5|
|ECO code: C39|
|Parent: King's Gambit|
The Kieseritzky Gambit has been considered the main line of the King's Gambit for a long time. The continuations that follow this position have interesting strategic possibilities for both sides. It was popularized by Lionel Kieseritzky in the 1840s. It was used very successfully by Wilhelm Steinitz, and was used by Boris Spassky to beat Bobby Fischer in a famous game at Mar del Plata in 1960. This motivated Fischer into developing his own defense to the King's Gambit (the Fischer Defense).
Black's traditional main line response is 5...Nf6, counterattacking e4 immediately. With 5...d6, black intends to return the gambit pawn and attempts to wrest the initiative from white.
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5
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- Fundamental Chess Openings (2009). Paul van der Sterren. ISBN 1-906454-13-2.
- The King's Gambit (2013). John Shaw. ISBN 978-1-906552-71-8.