Originally posted by cmsMaster
I just ran through my playchess games (blitz and standard) to see how I scored with the King's Gambit against the accepted variation and against the declined. All of my PC games with the accepted KG use the Bishop's gambit and my record with it is 6-4-1 (W-L-D). Pretty good, but not amazing or anything. However when my opponent declined the gambit I sco ys think? Is declining the gambit just that much worse, or did my opponents just play worse?
Well first and most importantly how did you generate that statistic and what is its relevance?
1) how many of your KGA/KGD games were actaually won/lost BECAUSE of the opening? -- a blunder at move 50 is no indication that you are strong/weak at any particular opening - and to include the game in your sample well, quite frankly distort your results.
2) how does this compare to other Openings -- QGA/QGD is you record better/worse (and by how much) than KGA/KGD.
3) whats the Black/white ratio? -- how well do you play as Black? -do you even accept the gambit as black?
4) ratings, small sample size, and all other considerations.
if you have followed (2) and still found the KGA/KGD still scores significantly higher you must consider when that is the reason for this -- perhaps the QGA doesn't score so well for you because (on average) your openants are of a higher rating?
once you done these things you should have a meaningful statistic you can draw conclusions from it, which may infact help you work out what you need to improve