During the last Corustournament I played with black a very quick game (11 moves!!) against an opponent with a rating of 1791.
I always play the From-gambit against the Bird.
That's the risk. White can transpose to the King's gambit.
But Birdplayers have often a playing style that's not very suited for that.
I play the Kingsgambit myself and there was a variation that caused me a lot of trouble the last 3 years. Only recent I found the solution.
I decided to test if my opponent knew what to do.
2. ... Bc5 (the classical variation)
3. Nf3 Nc6
4. Bc4 d6
Here starts the trouble for white. He has to reckon with Bg4 and Nd4.
c3 prevents this, but moving pawns is not the main reason to play a gambit.
5. ... Nf6
White has now moved four pawns and is not able to castle yet.
6. ... O-O
Black has developed at lightning speed.
It's time to open lines against the enemy king.
Even if that costs some wood.
8. exd5 exf4
Sacrifices the Knight.
White is afraid to take the Knight. But this is worse.
9. ... Re8
10. Ne5 Nxe5
11. Bxe5 Bg4 (see diagram)
And white resigned. The Bisshop can't be saved and the position is a wreck.
So should it be all the time!
1.f4 e5 2.e4 Bc5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bc4 d6 5.c3 Nf6 6.d3 O-O 7.Qe2 d5 8.exd5 exf49.Bxf4 Re8 10.Ne5 Nxe5 11.Bxe5 Bg4
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