September 21, 2009

King's Gambit

[*See: Chess Openings for Beginners - All Lessons]

The lesson is designed for chess beginners to learn King's Gambit. It includes 3 chess videos (Video 1: King's Gambit - Main Variations | Video 2: King's Gambit - How to Play Part I | Video 3: King's Gambit - How to Play Part II), the textual part to read, and the .PGN file to download and learn real games of chess masters on King's Gambit for the year 2009.

The lesson is divided into the following 3 parts:
I. King's Gambit: Data and Variations
II. King's Gambit: How to Play the Main Lines
III. King's Gambit: Download the .PGN File to Analyze Real Games


I. King's Gambit: Data and Variations

King's Gambit Move Order: 1.e4 e5 2.f4
ECO Codes: C30-C39

About King's Gambit:

King's Gambit is one of the oldest chess openings. King's Gambit belongs to the Open Game openings. It was the most popular one for long time long ago. Today, King's Gambit is being played at the chess master level but not so often. It is usually recommended for Black to accept King's Gambit. Black may get good equal position...

The opening's idea is to divert the Black pawn e5 from the center, open the f-file, and seize the center by moving d2-d4. King's Gambit has at least 125 subvariations, of these the most common 10-15. Today's tendency is to play King's Gambit "more positionally." It is recommended for beginners to learn King's Gambit at first turn...

King's Gambit Main Variations:

Top-level Variations:
• King's Gambit Declined: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 (other than ef)
• King's Gambit Accepted: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 ef

Some Other Variations:
Note: KGD - King's Gambit Declined.
Note: KGA - King's Gambit Accepted.
Note: KKG - King's Knight's Gambit.

• KGD, Classical Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5
• KGD, Falkbeer Counter-Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5
• KGA, King's Bishop's Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 ef 3.Bc4
• KGA, King's Knight's Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 ef 3.Nf3

To learn King's Gambit and its main variations, see Video 1: King's Gambit - Main Variations by clicking the Play button below:




• If the opening video has not shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.


II. King's Gambit: How to Play the Main Lines

The main lines of King's Gambit. Video 2 will show how to play the next variations: 1. KGD: Classical Variation (C30: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 (Bc5)); 2. KGD: Falkbeer Counter-Gambit, 5.de (C32: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.ed e4 4.d3 Nf6 5.de); and 3. KGA: King's Bishop's Gambit (C33: 1.e4 e5 2. f4 ef (3.Bc4)). To see Video 2: King's Gambit - How to Play - Part I click the Play button below:




• If the opening video has not shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.


See in writing the King's Gambit variations, which were shown in Video 2:

• KGD: Classical Variation
1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.c3 Nf6 5.fe de 6.Nxe5 Qe7 7.d4 Bd6 8.Nf3 Nxe4 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0 c5 11.Bc3

• KGD: Falkbeer Counter-Gambit, 5.de
1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.ed e4 4.d3 Nf6 5.de Nxe4 6.Nf3 Bc5 7.Qe2 Bf5 8.Nc3 Qe7 9.Be3 Bxe3 10.Qxe3

• KGA: King's Bishop's Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.f4 ef 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bb3 d5 6.ed cd 7.d4 Bd6 8.Nge2 0-0 9.0-0 g5

Video 3: King's Gambit - How to Play Part II is located on a separate page. To open the page, click the next link below:
See Video 3: King's Gambit - How to Play Part 2


III. King's Gambit: Download the .PGN File to Learn Real Games

Below you can find and download the Kings-gambit.pgn file to see how King's Gambit works in real games at the chess master level. To read the file, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which will explain you how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program. Before downloading the file, please read how the file was compiled and what you will see within it.

The Kings-Gambit.pgn file was specially created in the following way:

• The file includes main variations and displays how to correctly play some of them.
• In addition, the file includes 32 real games played in 2009 on King's Gambit.
• The real games were selected randomly, all players are FIDE rated 2015-2635.

• All the names of the chess players and their ratings were removed.
• The game results and tournament names were removed as well.
• The real games are shown from the beginning to the end of opening phase only.

• At this point, the opening positions were analyzed by a computer program.
• You will see the result of the program's analysis, like this...
• "If White finds a best line ..., White will be better at 1.02 pawns."

• The computer program's analysis will help you:
• To analyze each chess opening position.
• To understand how to correctly enter the middle game...

To learn how Kin'g Gambit works in real games, click the following link:
Download the Kings-Gambit.pgn File (17 KB)


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