Kings Gambit

The Kings Gambit is a chess opening for White. It starts as follows:

1.e4 e5 2.f4

Black moves

kings gambit

If Black captures the f-pawn then this opening is called Kings Gambit Accepted. If the pawn offer is refused then this is called the Kings Gambit Declined.

Kings Gambit Accepted

Black accepted the pawn offer on f4 and captured the f-pawn. Now there are various systems possible.

White moves

kings gambit accepted

The Kings Knight Gambit

Most common is to develop the knight to f3 to stop 3...Qh4+. Possible is also 3.Bc4.

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf 3.Nf3

kings knight gambit
Black moves

3.Nf3 g5
Classical Variation
3.Nf3 d6!
Bobby Fischer Defense

This "waiting move" move stops Ne5. Blacks gets a small advantage after 4.d4 g5 5.h4 (or 5.h3 h6) g4 6.Ng1 Nf6 (or 6...f5 or 6...f3)
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3.Nf3 h6
Becker Defence
3.Bc4
Bishops Gambit

After 3...Qh4+ Kf1 followed by Nf3 White is gaining development time.
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Kings Gambit Declined

Black declines the offered f-pawn and plays his own set up.


1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5
Falkbeer Countergambit

hitting the center and trying to exploit White's kingside weakness.
1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5
Classical Defence

A solid move that stops White from castling. If 3.fxe5?? Qh4+ 4.g3 Qxe+ and rook is lost.
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