Originally posted by hempster
crikey no wonder i am no good at this game.
i don't know what name my opening moves are called
i don't know what a gambit is .
there are so many name for moves and i know none.
i use the Rex factor move.
i play i move if i win good on me..if i lose i try to learn from it..that's it folks
A gambit is when you sacrifice pieces for position. The most extreme version is probably the Danish Gambit:
White has thrown away three pawns for one, but in terms of development white is well ahead. The Bishops are attacking the king side along the diagonals, the Queen has every direction at her disposal, the Knights can be brought out quickly, and if you are able to castle, all the major pieces have free reign around the board. In contrast, black has been moving the same pawn each time so has not begun developing.
So it is a gambit because white must make an attack now that is good enough to checkmate, or at least regain more material than they have lost.
Blacks best moves here are Bb4 (puts pressure on the King and develops a piece) or d5 (gambits back a pawn while opening the Bishops diagonal)
The names of openings aren't too important, but knowing their strengths and weaknesses is...
Hope this helps