Keoni-Hiva Gambit

by Aarya
(Lahore, Pakistan)

The Keoni-Hiva Gambit is the Deadliest Gambit around. Clyde Nakamura came up with the Keoni-Hiva Gambit as a mirror image of the Franco-Polish Gambit.

The following account is taken from Chessville;
Clyde Nakamura:

The story of the Keoni-Hiva Gambit started with the Franco-Polish Gambit (1.e4 e6 2.d4 b5). I had wanted to create a reversed form of the Franco-Polish Gambit from the white side but after the moves 1.e3 e5 2.b4 Bxb4 3.f4, I was surprised that black had 3…Qh4+ 4.g3. I had realized that I had arrived at the same position as in the Franco-Polish Gambit a move too early.

Thus was born the idea for the Keoni-Hiva Gambit. I decided to use the same ideas as in the Franco-Polish Gambit, but I had to leave out the b4 move. The initial moves for the Keoni-Hiva Gambit that I first experimented with were: 1.e3 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3. It was only after playing many games with this gambit that I realized that there were 2 other starting variations. The Hawaiian names for the 3 main lines of the Keoni-Hiva were provided by Eric Schiller.

Keoni is the Hawaiian nickname of my chess student and Hiva is the mythical place where ancient Polynesians came from. Yes, I do consider the Keoni-Hiva Gambit my most deadliest gambit. It is still a work in progress. There are still much improvements to be made in the various lines.

The kingside attack in the Keoni-Hiva Gambit is very strong. Essentially white sacs 3 pawns for a kingside attack. Being 2 pawns down, white has to play for the win. There is no turning back. If your attack fails then you will lose the endgame. Computer opponents tend to take all 3 of the pawns. Against human opponents you could see more variation in the number of pawns being taken from 1 to 3 pawns taken or even declining the gambit altogether.

The moves for the Keoni-Hiva Gambit is as follows:

Line 1 (Akahi Variation):
1.e3 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3

Line 2 (Alua Variation):
1.e3 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3

Line 3 (Ekolu Variation):
1.e3 e5 2.Nc3 d5 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3

Keoni-Hiva Delayed:
1.e3 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.a3 e5 4.f4 exf4 5.Nf3

Play through the variations and a couple of sample games to get a feel for the Keoni-Hiva Gambit.

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May 30, 2014
Keoni- Hiva 1. e3 1... Nf6?
by: Anonymous

I've played The Keoni a few times with mixed results. But, being a "Gambiteer" I just can't give it up.

How does White deal with 1.e3 1...Nf6 instead of 1... e5,or d5?

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