Top 5 Aggressive Chess Openings For White

Aggressive Chess Openings For White

Implementing proper ideas and moves is very important in chess. Most chess players invest lots of time for the opening since it’s a vital part of the game. If we can start with some attacking openings, many times it can provide a slight edge if played well.

The most aggressive chess openings for white are:

  1. King’s Gambit
  2. Evans Gambit
  3. Urusov Gambit
  4. Cochrane Gambit
  5. Max Lange Attack

If you have deep knowledge of the opening, it can create wonders in the chess game. Getting an advantage in the opening phase is very much important since it can impact the whole game result.

A better opening advantage can help the players to get a better position in the middle game and end games. Most of the top chess players use powerful cloud engines to prepare the chess openings lines, which clearly indicates the importance.

let’s look at each of these aggressive openings for white in detail.

King’s Gambit

King’s Gambit is an old aggressive chess opening that starts with the moves 1. e4 e5 2. f4. The white tends to sacrifice a pawn, which eliminates black’s central pawn and also helps white pieces to develop the pieces fastly.

Here black can accept the king’s gambit by playing exf4, this variation is the most interesting part which has lots of aggressive moves for both white and black. After exf4, white continues by playing 3. Nf3 g4 4. h4. Another common variation for black is playing d6 after Nc3. Most of the players tend to give back the black pawn of f4 and continue with further piece development.

Boris Spassky was one of the legendary players who played this aggressive chess opening. “Kings Gambit”. The game is shown here

The game explains how aggressive King’s Gambit is. Even after loosing pieces, white managed to win the game very easily. The Kings Gambit has got lots of variations, in order to play this opening you should have a solid understanding of different variationsOpens in a new tab..

Evans Gambit

 Evans Gambit is an aggressive variation of the Giuoco Piano. In Evans Gambit White offers a pawn to divert the black bishop on c5.

Evan’s Gambit gives up an early pawn in exchange for rapid development and center control. Black can either take the pawn on b4 with the bishop or can retreak the bishop. If Bxb4 is played, the moves goes like 5. c3 Ba4 6. d4 exd4 7. Qb3.

Black have one more option by retreating the bishop to e7. Most of the experts recommend playing Bxb4 instead of taking the bishop back.

Check out a sample Evans Gambit game

While playing Evans gambit you should understand the move order ad concepts very clearly, if we miss any moves it may give severe consequences. The openings can surprise beginner or novice level players, since most of the players wont be prepared too depth in this opening.

Check out the video that explains about Evans gambit

Urusov Gambit

Urusov Gambit is a Kings Pawn opening where the moves are 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d4. The opening itself is so tricky that black can jump into sometactical mistakes. This opening is quite surprising for most players.

The most recommended move for black is exd4, followed by Nf3 for white. If black goes for 3. .. Nxe4 4. dxe5, this gives white a solid opening advantage, rapid piece developments and center control.

Check out the video to understand the opening in detail.

Cochrane Gambit

Cochrane Gambit is a Kings Pawn opening that got a surprising knight sacrifice. The moves comes like this 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 and now 4.Nxf7!?

Here black is forced to capture the Knight at f7. In this position black gains 2 pawns compensation, an exposed king and rapid development of pieces with tempo like Bc4+.

Its very much clear that most players wont prepare this variations a lot, which gives a slight advantage for white. This variation can become a nightmare for opponents.

Check out the video on Cochrane Gambit to understand its various ideas.

Max Lange Attack

Max Lange Attack is tactical aggressive opening in chess. Its one of the sharpest opening variation, that is highly risky for black. The moves are 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 e5xd4 5. 0-0 Bc5

Most people are not aware of the modern theory of these variations. Check out the sample game shown to see how aggressive the opening is

The video below explains different variations of Max Lange Attack in detailed


Chess openings should be played precisely to get proper advantages. Consider these points in mind while playing aggressive openings

  • Proper knowledge of different chess variations
  • Calculate well before making any piece sacrifice

Harikrishnan A

I am an International Fide Rated player with 10+ years of experience.

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