Gambits Without Any Theoritical Knowledege – An Important Tool

Some of my students are keen to learn different kinds of openings. I follow Nigel’s model while teaching openings to my students; I select openings which produce different kind of pawn structures. I have already written an article on this but this time I would like to be more productive.

Normally we advise our students that you must choose active moves or you should go for piece activity, but what is the best way to teach them this? Here I came up with an idea to introduce gambits, without any theory, as I think that gambits are a powerful tool to get a better understanding of piece activity and active positions.

Right now I am enjoying my ‘Diwali’ vacation in India, so rather experimenting on students (:)) I did it on myself. I started to play openings on the internet in quick games, particularly the Kings Gambit, without knowing any theory. And the results are surprising.

Why should we play gambits without any theoretical knowledge?

  • Previously it was not in my nature to look for a sacrifice only for piece activity, sometimes I did but that was only an accident. But after playing this gambit for a couple of days I often sacrifice pawn for a position or piece activity. Most of time it was wrong but my opponents were not able to prove it.
  • It also helps you in developing your fighting spirit in worse positions.
  • I think players who are less creative (like me but not as a coach) should play gambits, and often in gambits you face do or die positions. To handle these positions you need creative mind.
  • Normally beginners and amateur games end positively or negatively due to a tactical stroke, and it is said that tactical players can play gambits better. But I think it can be applied the other way round.

Only time will prove whether to go on with above idea or not, and if I fail I will find something better.

Ashvin Chauhan