How to counter the King's Gambit

Lichess Game of the Month: August 23

How to counter the King's Gambit in a rare and interesting way!

The King's Gambit, the aggressive opening which survived the Romantic Era of chess found many supporters over time, even former World Champions Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen played it successfully. If you're afraid as Black of the opening, there might be a chance that you will find a rare and interesting counter which you can apply in your own games by studying this month's Lichess Game of the Month.

By September 5th, several of your best games of August were shared via our forum post, via Mastodon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Telegram.

Our team went on and carefully checked all suggested games and found that the game of @TheMageBlade was outstanding and also a practical use for all readers. Congrats!

Lichess moderator FM Jens Hirneise alias jeffforever had a deeper look into the brilliant game:

We will announce the voting for the next Game of the Month September tomorrow on October 1st. Conditions to submit your Game of the Month August: Only standard games (no variants), only submit one game per user (additional games will be ignored), and must have been played September 2023 only! Stay tuned to our forums or any of our socials for the next announcement.

On October 1st, you will be able to submit your games for September in the "General Chess Discussion" forums or via our socials.

How did you like the Game of the Month and the contest itself? Let us know in the comments.