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chris21 38 ( +1 | -1 )
Kings Gambit 2...d6 I've been studying the Kings Gambit for ages now and am familiar with most lines. However, none of my books cover 2...d6. I know it can transpose to the Fischer defence which I'm ok with, but sometimes black chooses an alternative route. I find he gets good play after a subsequent Nc6 and Bc5.

Is there a line to punish black playing 2...d6? As I've never seen any GM's use it?

tyekanyk 23 ( +1 | -1 )
If he playes 2...d6 he cannot play Bc5. That's one of the reasons you may never see it in GM practice. I suggest a speedy development followed by a quick attack, the bread and butter of al KG's adherents. I can't give no specifics asI don't play this with either color.
seneca54 37 ( +1 | -1 )
Hi Chris 2. ... d6 is called "Kings Gambit - London defense" its a solid defence, suitable for those players who want to avoid any risk. The advantage of this system is that it hardly needs any preparation as it basic opening ideas are extremly simple. Black wants to overprotect e5 - a similar strategy as in the Philidor Defense.
Hope this helps a little bit

chris21 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for the replys:)

Tykanyk, after an exchange on e5 which always happens, black can play Bc5. Along with Nc6 he seems to control the d4 square well, and in the Kings Gambit playing d4 as white always makes life easier. this is where I'm struggling.

tyekanyk 43 ( +1 | -1 )
I really don't see way there always is an exchange on e5. You should keep the tension by playing Nf3, Bc4, O-O and so forth. Is the exchange on d5 obligated in QG? I think not. Although you are essentialy correct that an exchange will take place and the f-file will be open, but why hurry. Let him waste a move with his bad Bishop, namely Be7 and only afterwards exchange on e5. I really don't see how is this variation giving you trouble. As for the control of the d4 square, just forget about it. Go for the king.