There is a chess variant known as the Queen’s Gambit, especially popular in England and the United States. This opening gambit makes it much harder to determine the outcome of a game, because there are so many variables that could change the course of events. This article will examine some of the things you need to check for as you play this underrated chess variant. Keep reading for more information on this opening strategy and check your understanding using our QG resources below.

The Tighter The Closer It Gets To The End Game The Better

When you have an ending in sight, it’s usually the case that the earlier it arrives, the better. This is doubly so for the Queen’s Gambit, as players have realised that even in positions where it seems like a drawish opening, they can still have material advantage. The main point to make here is that even if you’re not sure if you’re going to win or lose, you should still prepare to win. Don’t get too relaxed, even if you’re a bit ahead, because the truth is, you could lose in a lot of different ways in this opening. The more you tighten up your defence, the better it is for your overall game. It’s also important to note that this is one of the rare openings where you don’t want to be all-in, as getting checkmated is one of the possible outcomes, so even though you’re ahead, you don’t want to put all your chips on the table just to win.

The Bishop Is Critical

When the King and Queen are protected by their bishops, it’s usually a sign that things are going to go well for the side bearing the gambit. The bishops give the illusion of protection to the monarchs while allowing the other pieces to roam free, looking for attacking and supporting opportunities. The problem with this arrangement is that when one player sacrifices a knight for a bishop, the other player gains an overwhelming attacking advantage, which can lead to checkmate. This is why knights are usually the first to go in the early stages of a gambit, allowing the opponent to set up more complex defences. After the sacrifice, it’s also very common for the king and queen to be driven back to the start, so even though you might have an advantage now, it’s not guaranteed to last. This is why the bishops are often seen as a critical piece in this opening and it’s important to remember that when one is sacrificed, it usually means the end of the game. This is doubly relevant if the game continues beyond the end of the normal time control. In these situations, a draw is usually enough to satisfy both players, as it leaves the door open for a re-match, but it doesn’t always have to. The key is for both players to be satisfied with the result and not want to continue playing. Remember, chess is a game of psychology as well as strategy, so you have to decide whether you want to risk it all in a single hand or not.

Mate On The Loose

One of the things that make the Queen’s Gambit so interesting is that, even in favourable positions, it has a tendency to bring about mate. If you want to see an example of this, all you have to do is look on YouTube and search for ‘queen’s gambit mate’. This will bring up a whole host of videos that show the perfect mate on the board. Even in these examples, where the position seems fairly balanced, one side or the other will have a huge advantage, depending on the position of the pieces. This can lead to some extremely spectacular plays, where one side manages to completely overwhelm the other by playing a series of checkmate moves, back to back. The important lesson to take away from this is that mate is always a possibility, which is why it’s so important to keep your eyes open and make sure you’re not overlooking any possible mating opportunities. You might end up surprising your opponent by leaping over a chessboard to claim the glory that is a winning marriage proposal.

More Than Meets The Eye

The Queen’s Gambit is frequently used as a springboard for some extremely creative and elaborate strategies. One of the most eye-catching examples of this is the Sicilian Defence, where black sacrifices a piece to gain an attacking platform against the white king. However, this is only one method of attack and there are literally hundreds of others that could be used to unravel a white king. Some of the more unusual moves that could be used in this context include;