Although the validity of the move 2. … f5?! can be doubted, I cannot overlook one of the oldest responses to the King’s Gambit, where Black declines the offered pawn with a sacrifice of their own. This counter-gambit is already mentioned by Gioacchino Greco in his collection of fifty games, which he compiled in the first half of the 17th century.
The Panteldakis Countergambit is defined by the following opening sequence:
Given that this defense is not among the strongest ones, which is common for openings where Black imitates White’s moves, it should come as no surprise that all the example games I will present below were won by White. Let’s examine them.
Lastly, in a simultaneous exhibition held in 1964, the future World Champion Robert James Fischer showcased a remarkable triumph, forcing the opponent’s king into a relentless march across the board to its demise.