Drunken Knight Gambit! | Chess Gambits

Today we take a closer look at the Drunken Knight Gambit! The gambit (also known as Paris Gambit, Amar Gambit, or Ammonia Gambit) is a chess opening defined by the move:
1. Nh3?!
This opening is sometimes known as the Ammonia Opening, since NH3 is the chemical formula for ammonia. The Parisian amateur Charles Amar played it in the 1930s, which is why his name is attached to the opening as well. It was probably named by Savielly Tartakower who used both names for this opening, although the chess author Tim Harding has jokingly suggested that “Amar” is an acronym for “Absolutely mad and ridiculous” (Winter 1996, p. 89).
So what are the main ideas?
In the Drunken Knight Gambit, or Paris Gambit, White
– allows Black a firm grip on the center, and
– also gives up material (a pawn).
– White does castle quickly, and
– Gets a decent shot at the black king, which is still in the centre.
Therefore, the gambit is considered dubious… Which is why we play it 🙂

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  1. Nh3 e5 g3 d5 f4 is a line I have played before. If they take the knight and go up a pawn, you quickly castle and get good compensation.

  2. I tried the drunken knight couple times. No-one wants to trade the bishop for the knight. Is there a good way to continue playing the drunken knight without sacrifying the knight?

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