learning an new (old) opening
What interests me in this opening is the number of passive sacrifices /silent sacrifices (unsure if I am making up this terminology or have heard it before) where
white makes a move to create a strong attack or set a trap allowing black to capture a piece. This is different from a typical sacrifice where a queen takes a lesser valued piece and is recaptured as part of a mating net or larger combination.
The Muzio Gambit is an example of this passive sacrifice. White gives up a Knight to clear out the square and double his major pieces.
A Shirov's Muzio Gambit Minature
Here is a passive sacrifice trap that Morphy sets for Anderssen to capture his queen This trap amazes me.
Here Capablanca gives up a queen early
of course the Kings Gambit can be declined which as white I am comfortable playing against. Unsure as black which I like to play better to decline it using the Falkbeer or accepting it normally it turns into a Kieseritsky Gambit.
There is tons of theory here and I am having some fun playing through some games.
I am looking through my books to find annotated KG games and came across Koenigs book which tracks historically significant games in the development of both the king gambit accepted as well as declined.
I ran across the game linked below in Keres Power Chess. Here is a case of a passive sacrifice (sacrificing the exchange) by playing 15 g3 a move which Tal analyzed for over an hour before taking the rook. The last part of the game Tal played in time trouble so the ending is not played very accurately.
Bronstein vs Tal Falkbeer Countergambit
I have miles to go on learning this but it should prove interesting !