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mattdw ♡ 70 ( +1 | -1 )
Speculative gambits! So what are the most speculative/interesting/dynamic/sharp gambits you know? Which openings would be suitable for a maniac?! }:D My current opening repetoire consists of the first few moves of some of the sharp openings that forum members introduced me to a while back in a thread I made (thanks!), it has really allowed me to get some very interesting games going and has helped my analytical thought processes and tactic recognition by subjecting me to many complex situations (to me anyway). I am basically looking for some even more extreme openings! (if they exist) Things along the line of the Halloween gambit would be ideal, the more action the better! :)


helenlupset ♡ 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Ime supprised you havnt tried the kings gambit yet, it seems perfect for you.
kewms ♡ 65 ( +1 | -1 )
In Eric Schiller's book, "Standard Chess Openings," he suggests an all-gambit repertoire:

Goring Gambit: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3
King's Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2. f4
Smith-Morra Gambit: 1.e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3
Albin Counter-Gambit: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5
Schara Gambit: 1.d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 cxd4
Benko Gambit: 1. d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 (The Benko is actually somewhat respectable, so may not belong on this list!)

He warns that such a repertoire is great for sharpening your tactical skills, but perhaps not so great for actually winning games.

You might also look at the games in the Budapest Gambit minitournament now going on. (Which you can find from my games list, as I'm playing in it.) The Budapest is 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5


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ionadowman ♡ 31 ( +1 | -1 )
You might like to know... The Milner-Barry Gambit against the French Defence: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bd7 8.0-0 Nxd4 9.Nxd4 Qxd4 10.Nc3 Qxe5 11.Re1 etc. White gets a lot of pressure for the material deficit.
Position after 11.Re1:
ionadowman ♡ 81 ( +1 | -1 )
King's Gambit... You might like to explore different aspects of the King's Gambit:
1. Keres Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nc3
2. Bishop's Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4
3. The Muzio Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.0-0! gxf3 6.Qxf3
4. The Double Muzio Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.0-0 gxf3 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Qxf3 Qf6 8.e5 Qxe5 9.d4 (and if 9...Qxd4 10.Be3!)
5. The Allgaier Gambit: 1e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ng5 h6 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 (e.g. 7.Bc4+ d5 8.Bxd5+ Ke8 9.d4 or instead 7.d4 the Allgaier-Thorold)
6. The Kieseritzki Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g4 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 (e.g. 5...d6 6.Nxg4 h5 7.Nf2 Nf6 8.d4 Bh6 9.Nc3 Ng4 10.Qf3 Ne3 11.Bxe3 fxe3 12.Nfd1 Bg4 13.Qg3 Qf6 14.e5, say, is a possible line. Another is: 5...Nf6 6.d4 d6 7.Nd3 Nxe4 8.Bxf4 ...)
7. Instead of 3...g5, Black can play 3...c3 (Fischer's move) or 3...h6 (Becker) or 3.Nf6 or...
8. 3...d5 (a relative of the Falkbeer countergambit) 4.exd5 Nf6 and White can try 5.Bb5+, 5.c4, or Nc3.
9. The Falkbeer Countergambit: 1e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd4 (not 3.fxe4 Qh4+!) e4 (or 3...exf4)
10. The Lesser Bishop's Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Be2
11. The Breyer Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Qf3
12. And finally... The King's Own Gambit (a.k.a. the Tumbleweed):
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Kf2!! Black can respond with 3...Qh4+ and it's all on.
ionadowman ♡ 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Sorry... Fischer's move is 3...d6 (can't think what happened there...)
mattdw ♡ 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks! Thanks for all the suggestions, it's much appreciated! :) I'm working my way through them to see which ones I like the look of - I think the muzio/double muzio could be quite exciting!
mossberg4570 ♡ 37 ( +1 | -1 )
Double Muzio Careful wth the double muzio. After 9. d4 Qxd4 is a forced win for white, but 9. d4 Qf5 is a lost game. Black will fill the f-file with pieces faster than white can bring pressure, and having given up two pieces, it's over.

The fact that you gamble everything on your opponent not knowing the refutation is, ultimately, unsound.

The single muzio's a lot of fun, though.

loreta ♡ 2 ( +1 | -1 )
Enjoy! 1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3
brunetti ♡ 0 ( +1 | -1 )
With Black :)
ionadowman ♡ 105 ( +1 | -1 )
There are two possible sequels To loreta's opening [the Danish Gambit]
4.Nxc3 or 4.Bc4 [cxb2!? 5.Bxb2]
Unfortunately, Schlechter has put a crimp in the latter line:
4.Bc4 cxb2
5.Bxb2 d5!
6.Bxd5 Nf6
7.Bxf7+ Kxf7
8.Qxd8 Bb5+
9.Qd2 Bxd2+
10.Nxd2 c5! mobilising his q-side pawn majority.

On a completely different tack, you might try the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (a great name for an opening, especially when spoken!).
1.d4 Nf6
2.f3 d5
3.e4 dxe4
4.Nc3 exf3 [Bf5 is playable]
5.Nxf3 [or 5.Qxf3 might even be better here.]
The move order can vary e.g. 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.f3 exf3 4.Nxf3 etc...

If anyone plays the Dutch Defence against your QP openings, the Staunton Gambit can cause a certain amount of anguish and pain:
1.d4 f5
2.e4 fxe4
3.Nc3 Nf6
4.f3 ... [or you can go berserk and try 4.g4!? following up even if Black plays 4...h6 with 5.g5]

If you are Black, and some chap gives you the Bird, the From Gambit is a good retort:
1.f4 e5
2.fxe4 d6 [a line I've played a couple of times on GK. One went like this...]
3.exd6 Bxd6
4.Nf3 Nf6 More common is 4...g5, apparently...
5.d3!? 0-0
6.e4 Ng4
7.d4!? ...[ 7.h3 Bg3+]
8.Nxh2 Qh4+
9.Kd2 Nxh2
10.Kd3 Qg3+
11.Be3 Nxf1
12.Qxf1 f5
13.Qe1 fxe4+
14.Kc4 Qd6
15.Qh4 Qc3+
16.Kb3 Be6+
17.Ka3 Qa6+
18.Kb4 Nc6+
0-1 ... Mate follows after 19.Kc3 Qa5+ 20.b4 Qxb4#
m-cat ♡ 33 ( +1 | -1 )
e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 Nc3 Nf6 Nxe5- the muller schulze gambit.

a slightly weaker version is the chicago gambit- e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 Nxe5.

Both lead to very good attacks. You do give up a knight for a pawn, but thats like being down two pawns, as you are in the Danish gambit. And, in my opinion, these gambits are stronger than the danish can ever hope to be.
chrisp ♡ 24 ( +1 | -1 )
Blackburne-Hartlaub gambit makes for entertaining games...

1. d4, e5
2. dxe5, d6

Lots of playable gambits out there though, many mentioned above.

Personal favourites include Kings Gambit, Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, Latvian Gambit.

mattdw ♡ 29 ( +1 | -1 )
More thanks! :) Thanks again for even more! I'm slowly going through them and seeing which ones I like, so far the vast majority seem like they are exactly the kind of things I'm looking for. I should be able to have a gambit answer to almost anything now! Thanks.
schnarre ♡ 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Try The Fred Gambit : 1. e4 f5
King's Gambit, Eisenberg Variation: 1. e4 e5, 2. f4 exf4, 3. Nh3

...if you're feeling adventurous.
mattdw ♡ 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Queen pawn counter gambits? Are there many good gambits to play against 1.d4? So far the ony one mentioned was the Blackburne-Hartlaub gambit by chrisp. Thanks!
ionadowman ♡ 76 ( +1 | -1 )
A couple to consider: The Budapest: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5!? I've been thinking about giving this a try, but at present know almost nothing about it.
The Benko: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 ... Very much a positional gambit, and very sound, yet leads to interesting play. One of my favorites. I still have Benko's Batsford book on 'his' opening, written shortly after the Skoplje Olympiad (1972)...
Incidentally, this arises from the dear old Benoni (or Modern Benoni), one of my all-time favorite openings, which is a very tactical line, though not a gambit withal. However, except for the Benko (which almost plays itself in the early stages), it is a very difficult line to play.
The Blumenfeld Countergambit is related to the Benko, but is less soundly based:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 b5
Something to chew on there, methinks!
ccmcacollister ♡ 9 ( +1 | -1 )
d4Nf6c4b5!? / THE ... Kurjatko_Gambit of course!
sough ♡ 21 ( +1 | -1 )
This isn't really a gambit but it's also a b5er and speculative too. How about 1.d4 c5 2.d5 b5! Sort of a brutish attempt to get a benoni with a b5 already there. Not something I'd play but interesting for how extremely little it's been played.
buddie ♡ 23 ( +1 | -1 )
d4 gambits for White I like the Tolush gambit:
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4 (can sometimes get it from a QGA as well).
Another anti-Slav gambit is the "Marshall" gambit:
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4. e4 dxe4 then really surprise your opponent with 5.f3 instead of the book 5. Nxe4
mattdw ♡ 16 ( +1 | -1 )
Mossberg4570 After 9. d4 Qxd4 in the double muzio is it actually a forced win? I had a quick search on google and couldn't find anything about that being the case.
tugger ♡ 26 ( +1 | -1 )
i often use a variation of the smith-morra gambit, it's crazy but i've had some fantastic results with it...

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. c3 dxc3
5. Bc4

it works very well...
shadowfighter89 ♡ 56 ( +1 | -1 )
Half-Danish rather than Danish Main Line To Loreta:

I recommend the Half-Danish Variation of the Danish Gambit:
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3

The main line (4.Bc4) is definitely too risky against a well-prepared black player, due to Schlechter's response, as Ionadowman described it =^_^=

The Half-Danish Variation is better: it's more solid and very sound, even though some players consider it as inferior to the main line...

Alekhine played this line succesfully.

It is my favourite "open game" opening when playing white, along with the Göring Gambit by transposition via 4...Nc6 5.Nf3
spurtus ♡ 3 ( +1 | -1 )
Very very simple Blackmar Diemer Gambit...