Thursday, April 19, 2012

Victory with the King's Gambit

The King's Gambit is an opening for white that consists of the moves
1. e4 e5 2. f4. It is an exciting opening that sacrifices a pawn for quick development. In a game of speed chess at versus Luokun1984c2 of England, I used the King's Gambit successfully. Here are the moves of the game along with my commentary:

1. e4 e5
2. f4 Nc6

More common moves for black are exf and d6.

3. Nf3 d6
4. Bc4 Nge7

Black's king bishop is trapped.

5. Ng5 d5

I target f7.

6. exd Nxd5
7. 0-0 e4
8. Nc3 f5

Black protects the e-pawn but the d5 knight is underprotected.

9. Bxd5 Bc5+
10. Kh1 Qf6
11. Bf7+ Ke7

Black fails to see the fork.

12. Nd5+

I fork the black king and queen. Already down a piece, black decides to resign. My ability to take advantage of the exposed king leads to a quick resignation.

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