Originally posted by XanthosNZ
How to play a gambit:
1. Pick a piece.
2. Any piece.
3. But only among your pieces.
4. Find somewhere it can move where it will be taken.
5. And you can't take back.
6. Move it there.
You've gambitted a piece.
More realistically, try this.
1. Look at the position, are there any tactics? If so play them, the ones that threaten or achieve mate are usually better.
2. Look at it positionally. Are your minor pieces better/worse than your opponensts, how about your pawn structure. Is there an easy way to improve this.
3. Can I take the initiative and at least conduct the game instead of following?
Thats the basis of my planning. Naturally I have to be able to get something for my gambits. The benko is a long lasting initiative. The kings gambit is less of an initiative, but it is a classical center and the possiblity of a king-side attack should black misstep (this goes both ways).