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The King’s Gambit was considered one of the most sharpest and dangerous chess openings about 100-200 years ago. Nowadays, it’s kind of forgotten, and we think that it really deserves to be brought back.
Yes, maybe you should not play it when you play a really strong opponent like Magnus Carlsen. But it works like crazy against club-level opponents! Additionally, most chess players are not very familiar with this opening. Even if they are familiar, there’s a sideline that you can use to surprise your opponents.
You can play 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 – in this case, you will get your opponents out of their opening knowledge and get a powerful resulting position. Watch the following video lesson where GM Igor Smirnov has explained the overall idea of this opening for White, and you can use it to win your opponents.
00:00 Intro to the King’s Gambit
00:45 Surprise weapon against your opponents
00:58 General idea of King’s Gambit
01:42 Anand surprised
03:05 An idea to remember for White
04:28 Can you find the winning move?
08:10 How to earn money with chess?
09:48 2nd line – 3…Qh4+
11:21 Why shouldn’t you worry about your king?
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