||One of the rarer Queen's Pawn side-defences,
Black's aggressive king's pawn counter-gambit
(move 2b, left) is sometimes tried by
combative players hoping to catch an opponent off-balance.
|Although perhaps the soundest of the queen's pawn game "gambit
gambles" (M.C.O, Griffith & White), it can nevertheless tend to be
inferior (favouring White, with less draws than average) if White meets the
White accepts the gambit and then, with careful play, tends to gain a
lasting positional advantage after castling in
move 8wb (right). One example variation
demonstrates a smothered mate however.