The Gambit thread that was recently created has gained some attention, and I have noticed many people feel that gambits are unsound in the opening. This may be somewhat true at GM and Super GM levels, but I don't think which opening you play below the 1800 level makes any difference really. (To support this, I played somebody, just slightly worse than I. I opened with the Hammerschlag, and ended up crushing him.) Beyond this I have been getting amazing results with the King's Gambit. The following game was played on FICS, I'm CMSBones and you can see the ratings of my opponent and I. What I'm asking is that you guys comment on the game, the weak play, etc. done by my opponent or I, and comment on how you feel the opening affected this play. Here's the game...
[Event "rated standard match"]
1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Bc4 Bd6 5. d4 Nge7 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 Kh8 8.
a3 f5 9. e5 Bxe5 10. dxe5 d6 11. exd6 cxd6 12. Bxf4 Rf6 13. Ng5 a6 14. Qh5 h6
15. Nf7+ Rxf7 16. Qxf7 Qb6+ 17. Kh1 Bd7 18. Bxd6 Qd8 19. Rf3 b5 20. Rg3 Qg8
21. Qxg8+ Nxg8 22. Bxg8 Rxg8 23. Re1 Nd4 24. Re7 Nxc2 25. Rxd7 Re8 26. Re7
Rd8 27. Be5 *
Some notes I may add, as I haven't yet annotated this game.
On move 8.black moved quickly and made a slight blunder. This may have made him nervous and from here on he shows little chance for victory.
Move 15, another tactical error by black, proper calculation a couple moves ahead may have been able to prevent this poor exchange from occuring. Then black's 16th move, the check with the queen, seems to only weaken black's defense. If anybody could point out the idea behind that move I would be pleased.
Move 24, what? He trades a pawn for a bishop? His third, maybe fourth extremely bizarre move this game, and the loss is soon to follow.
Move 26. Another error, this move loses quickly and the game is over after my 27th move when he resigns.
This game seems to show poor middlegame play. He played this game like a 1200, but it seems strange to me that somebody rated over 130 points higher than myself would play such a poor game, especially against an opening that so many people jump to call "inferior" or "refuted". So once again, post any mistakes that you find, and give me your comments on the game, please.
I just checked FICS to see if his rating has changed, as maybe he was overrated. It has changed, but it has actually gone up to 1535.