We already mentioned this gambit in one of the full game analyses. However, if you decide to add this underrated opening to your repertoire, you should be aware of all significant variants that may appear on the board, depending on the opponent’s taste. Let’s say a few words about them.
From’s Gambit: 1. f4 e5
Bird’s Opening, as the first move 1. f4 is called, is most likely mentioned in every chess book for beginners because the move actually starts one of the four possible configurations of the Fool’s Mate:
1. f4 e5 2. g4?? Qh4#
Even if White avoids that, their position is still vulnerable due to the weak diagonal e1-h4 and no escape route for the king. It can lead to a modified Fool’s Mate with a nice queen sacrifice.
The World Champion Emanuel Lasker introduced this move in the game Bird–Lasker, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1892. The idea is to disrupt the already weak king-side by attacking the knight at f3, which could end with another Fool’s Mate’s variant if White isn’t cautious.
The natural development of pieces looks like the best line for Black. The threats to attack across the e1-h4 diagonal are still live, and the position hides one more trap to apply on a careless adversary.
Into King’s Gambit
And, of course, if you chose to play the From’s Gambit, you must be ready for the possibility to transpose the opening to the King’s Gambit:
Despite these risks, the From’s Gambit can be a fun and interesting opening to play for those who want to try something different. It can be particularly effective in blitz or rapid games where opponents may not have time to fully analyze the position. Additionally, the From’s Gambit can be a good surprise weapon to use against players who are more familiar with mainstream openings.