Originally posted by Sicilian Smaug
Is the second pawn offer usually accepted? I came accross this opening for only the first time a week or 2 ago and decided on 3..e5.Game 1807088 other wise surely bxa3 Bxa3 and white has a threatening bishop with black not being able to advance the e pawn without Bxf8 and losing the right to castle.
I've rarely had an opponent accept the second offer of an exchange, probably because there is no real point in Black leaping to offer White that kind of activity when more orthodox developmental moves can be made...apparently Nxa3 is the orthodox position, but logically I can see no reason why Bxa3 isn't preferred, and neither can any of my friends (admittedly we're all hobby players). It's a pretty despised anti-Sicilian opening, but against moderate opposition I've never failed with it.
I think 3. e5 or e6 are the recommended counters to it - but since the people you'd be playing it against would be amateurs like myself, an early introduction of the Queen is far from a bad idea. The irony of the games I've played is that the idea behind it seems to be to generate Queenside activity, but if anything I've found that I generally spend my time frantically developing Kingside to offset the chaos that Black is wreaking on my left flank...
But on the whole, if you even mention the Wing Gambit on this site, you'll hear hoarse laughter from the massed ranks of the 1800+-rated players. But ratings be damned, it's a very entertaining opening to play.