Reviving Ancient Gambits

Reviving ancient gambits is a way of setting opponents unexpected problems which can be quite unpleasant if they’re used to quiet positional games. Alexander Alekhine was really the first to do this in the ‘modern’ era but then there were very few great players who used this tactic until Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer did so in the 1960s. More recently both Nigel Short and Garry Kasparov have done so, but possibly without quite the same relish.

Here’a a great example of Fischer using this approach in a famous game against Reuben Fine.