Board Position
Named after White's gambit on the king's side of the board after initial steps along the "Épine Dorsale". White offers up a King's Bishop's Pawn in move 2 (shown left), to (i) draw Black away from the centre, (ii) try to open up/control the KB-file with a rook after castling, and iii) gain a lead in development.
Once very popular, it is now rarely played at tournament level because White's move is considered too loosening (although it does lead to more exciting play).
The gambit accepted (advisable) by Black enables White to play a variety of further lines (eg. the Muzio, the Quaade, the Kieseritzky or the Allgaier Gambits), but also gives Black a choice of defences (for example the Abbazia, the Cozio). The gambit declined (playable but less popular) includes the Classical Defence and the Falkbeer Counter-Gambit.
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or see move: 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 g5 4 h4 g4 5 Ne5 Nf6 6 d4 d6 7 Nd3 Nxe4
8 Bxf4 Qe7 9 Qe2 Nc6 10 c3 h5 11 Nd2 d5