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.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: