Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...h5
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
|Moves: 1.e4 h5|
|ECO code: B00|
|Parent: King's Pawn Opening|
Goldsmith Defense/Pickering Defence/Rook Gambit/Reversed Kadas VariationEdit
The Goldsmith Defence, also known as Rook Gambit, is an uncommon and a weak response to 1. e4. This is a rather useless move that does nothing to control the centre and seriously weakens Black’s kingside. It threatens to bring the h-Rook into the game but can be easily stopped with d4, and White is already in control of the centre and has a better activity on pieces.
Overall, this defence is not good and is never seen in serious play, but this opening can be funny and useful for trolling in a chess game.
1. e4 h5?!
- Modern Chess Openings: MCO-14. 1999. Nick de Firmian, Walter Korn. ISBN 0-8129-3084-3.