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 Apr 02, 2012 - 04:12 PM - by Michael
* King's Gambit Solved?

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A major supercomputing rig and a lot of time equals... the solution for one of Chess's famous openings.

Assuming perfect play, the King's Gambit is a draw... but easily can be lost if one move is missed early on.

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4. We now know the exact outcome of this position, assuming perfect play, of course. I know your next question, so I am going to pre-empt it: there is only one move that draws for White, and that is, somewhat surprisingly, 3.Be2. Every other move loses by force.
I imagine that within the next 5 years, most other gambits will also be solved. After all, solving KG only took 4 months of computer time.
 

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