In previous discussions, we have briefly mentioned the Keene Defense (refer to the first article in this blog). However, we have yet to thoroughly analyze the advantages and disadvantages of this particular variation of the King’s Gambit Declined. Let’s delve into a comprehensive analysis now.
In conclusion, the Keene Defense can serve as an unexpected and potentially surprising weapon. However, if White is well-versed in the King’s Gambit strategy, they should be able to navigate the game without encountering significant difficulties. Black must exercise caution and play defensively to achieve at least a balanced position, but the chances of playing for a win are relatively low. It is worth noting that there are certainly better lines of play to explore instead of the Keene Defense.