Aggressive Opening Gambits for White
It’s been a while since we have explored some of the best chess gambits for the White players (you can see the last article clicking here). But now we will explore the 3 most aggressive chess gambits that white can play.
Do you want to crush your opponent? Then here you will learn how to do it!
GM Damian Lemos will help us to discover which are the most aggressive chess opening to choose if we want to win quickly. The three options are e4-openings and can be played against 1…e5 players. Choose your favorite and start winning!
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The King’s Gambit
The King’s Gambit is the king of the gambits… Yeah, no originality here.
But it’s the truth. The King’s Gambit has been played for centuries. And although it has become out of fashion, it hasn’t been refuted (and probably it will never be), as it’s well-founded in positional concepts.
The idea after 1.e4 e5 2.f4!? is to distract the black central pawn to the side of the board, leaving White with a big pawn center. After 2…exf4 White has two options, both explored in the video.
The King’s Bishop Gambit (3.Bc4) is probably the best option. True, Black can now force the white king to move with 3…Qh4+, but the queen is misplaced and it will take time to place it in a better square.
White take full advantage of the exposed queen in the position on the right.
Here White played 7.g3! apparently sacrificing a second pawn. But the idea is to answer 7…fxg3 (which is almost forced) with 8.Kg2!, and now 8…gxh2?? 9.Rxh2 loses the queen!
Moreover, White is threatening 9.hxg3 winning the queen too. So Black is forced to play 8…Qh6 9.hxg3 Qg6, losing a lot of time.
White has full compensation for the pawn sacrificed after 10.Nf3, as he has almost finished development and has a big pawn-center. Meanwhile, Black hasn’t moved any piece in the queenside, and his king isn’t secure in the center or in the kingside.
If you aren’t comfortable with the white king in f1, GM Lemos also suggests the other mainline, i.e. 3.Nf3. White avoids the check on h4, but the knight is exposed to …g7-g5-g4. In fact, after 3…g5 Damian recommends you to sacrifice it!
The Muzio Gambit starts after 4.Bc4 g4 5.O-O gxf3 6.Qxf3. White hasn’t material compensation for the knight.
But he has completed the development of his kingside pieces and has all his active pieces aiming at the weak f7-pawn. If the f4-pawn disappears Black will be in real danger!
The Evans Gambit
The Evans Gambit is definitely one of the best chess gambits for white. In this case, after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 (the other mainline, 3…Nf6, is discussed in the next game) 4.b4!? White sacrifices a pawn to win a few tempos.
White’s idea is to follow up with c3 and d4, taking control of the center. And Black can’t avoid it!
White also gets more freedom for his pieces, which can be easily developed to their best squares. As it is positional-grounded, this gambit usually allows White to get long-lasting compensation for the pawn. And Black usually doesn’t get an easy-to-play position, which “helps” him to make mistakes.
The following position is a typical one originated from the Evans Gambit.
In this position, Black still is a pawn up, but he has some problems finishing his development. The Bc8 is jailed, and the d-pawn can’t move without being lost. Meanwhile, White has more space and more active pieces.
What should White play in this position?
If you found the winning combination (yes! there is one!) you can click on the diagram and found the detailed analysis in the video.
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The Fried Liver Attack
The last of the most aggressive chess gambits, the Fried Liver Attack, can only be played if Black isn’t careful enough. But, from experience, that will be the case in 9 out of 10 games!
After the opening moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Black’s best move is 5…Na5 (although 5…b5!? and 5…Nd4!? are also playable). But beginners will always play 5…Nxd5?!, which allows the crushing Fried Liver Attack with 6.Nxf7!.
White’s idea is to answer 6…Kxf7 with 7.Qf3+, which forces 7…Ke6. Black’s king is in a horrible position now!
Watch the full video to study all the variations to be prepared to play it in your own games!
Gambits for Black
What if you find yourself playing black? What if you simply want to improve your skills on the other side of the board? GM Simon Williams, aka the GingerGM, dives deep into the risky opening chess move, the Black Lion opening, in his course on Chessable. If you’re ready to become a well-rounded player, we recommend this to be your great first step.
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- What are the Best Chess Opening Moves? – The Definitive Guide
- 5 Best Chess Traps in the Italian Game
- The Smith-Morra Gambit – Smash the Sicilian Defense in Style!
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