Originally posted by Double GI've moved away from thinking of myself as a positional player and now I routinely sacrifice material for activity... not just pawns. I think this is essential for one's chess development. I expect the next phase will see more circumspection but for now my play is very aggressive: you are forced to find sharp moves that maintain the initiative. I'm also enjoying my chess a whole lot more. Don't worry about your rating, worry about the development of your style. I bet no strong player has ever not gone through this period of aggressive play.
I'm currently playing in a Cochrane's Gambit themed tournament and I love the wild, reckless games where I'm constantly attacking. I enjoy these edge of the seat type games the most and I've started playing aggressive gambits quite successfully at my local chess club - I've just learned the Evans and Kings Gambits and they're the flavour of ...[text shortened]... otb or does everyone tone it down a bit when they play correspondence chess?
Originally posted by wormwoodYes
there are other kinds?
Originally posted by shorbockYep, usually black plays 4...d5 making it a real gambit, lovely variation and my main weapon against the Ng5 line.
I forgot another one in the same kind (although a little less strong) : what is usually called the 2 knight defence vs the giuco piano should also be called a gambit !
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6
It's not called a gambit, but it should, since now 4.Ng5 wins a pawn. And it's considered a good move i believe, at least sound.