In the video below, I play a live blitz game on Chess.com. The time control was 10|0. I had the Black pieces.
My opponent opened with the King’s Gambit, which I gladly accepted (2. f4 and White is lost!). Okay, I’m joking obviously, as I have suffered many defeats to the various sacrifices and attacks that White can try, especially in shorter time controls. In postmortem analysis, the comp always finds defenses, but they are not always easy to spot for a human, and one slip-up and Black is toast.
I usually don’t like taking a pawn in the opening, but the King’s Gambit is one exception because I get winning positions right out of the opening almost 100% of the time. Then it is a matter of not falling for tricks, staying cool under pressure, and converting. Easier said than done!
In this game, my opponent seemed a bit new to the gambit, as he didn’t go for some of the more challenging lines, such as an early h4 push or sacrificing a piece to open up the Kingside, and especially the f file. He also didn’t try sacrificing his knight on g4 to get the Queen in quickly. None of these sacrifices are really sound, but they are difficult to play against for sure.
So, did I survive White’s initiative in this game? Take a look and find out!
(Update: Analysis video added below the main game video)
Analysis Video (first I go through my own thoughts, then check with the computer…turns out this was a pretty good game!)