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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 5:51 pm 
I'm in the middle of doing a study of the King's gambit, and there's one move sequence I can't firgure out.
1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. a3!?
The move applies equally to many KGA/KNG variations, including Fischer's. It stops the all-important move g4! How does black get around it?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:23 pm 
Now that reminds me of the Rosentreter-Sorensen variation of King's Gambit Accepted which I once used to favour:

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.d4 g4 5.Nc3 gxf3 6.Bxf4 fxg2 7.Bxg2 d6 8.Qf3

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.d4 g4 5.Nc3 gxf3 6.Qxf3 Bg7 7.Bxf4 Bxd4 8.Bc4

Of course, the former line is rather unsound. The latter holds some potentials, but I could play neither of them with success. Now I have switched to the Salvio gambit (1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.Ne5 Qh4 6.Kf1 Nh6 7.d4 Bg7 8.Bxf4), and now whenever I think of the Sorensen I just laugh it off! :roll: :P


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:09 pm 
Oops. By a3 I meant h3 (a3 is awful). :oops:


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Jerdol wrote:
Oops. By a3 I meant h3 (a3 is awful). :oops:


Just as I thought! No wonder a3 reminded me of the scornful Sorensen! :P

4.h3 seems more sensible and is indeed very interesting! 8)


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TalJechin wrote:
Howdy,

since you're discussing the King's Gambit you might be interested in my new book about it: The Fascinating King's Gambit - A Repertoire for the 21st Century

It only looks at the Bishop's Gambit if the pawn is accepted, because 3.Nf3 g5! is indeed annoying :( while 3.Bc4 g5? is rather nice for white since h2-h4 is much stronger when g5-g4 doesn't threaten a knight on f3.

Sure, 3...Qh4+ is scary if you don't know how to play it, but once you've assimilated a few ideas - it's rather fun to be white! :wink:

For example, one such idea (found by Chigorin btw) is 4.Kf1 g5? 5.Nc3 (note that pawn-c7 is not defended) 5...c6 6.g3! fxg3 7.Kg2! and white gains momentum since Qh4 loses a lot of time after 7...gxh2? 8.Rxh2 Qf4 9.d4, so 7...Qh6 8.hxg3 is best and white is happy! :D

An even better example is when black tries to speed development with 5...Bg7 (instead of 5...c6 above) 6.d4 Ne7 (dealing with the threat Nc3-d5) 7.g3 fxg3 8.Kg2 and since f4 is covered this time, black's queen must retreat with white's forces in hot pursuit...

The other half of the book deals with black's different ways of declining the gambit (plus some transpositions to 3.Nf3 positions or attempts at transposing). Since, as mentioned earlier in this thread, you can't play the KG if you don't know what to do against the Falkbeer! :roll:

For more info on the book see my site: http://hem.passagen.se/tjmisha/countdown.html

/Thomas Johansson


For those of you interested in the KG, TalJechin is not just pushing his own book. It is a great book and brings new life to the King's Gambit. I got his book when it came out and have not had many issues playing the KG's since. Most of my opponents pause for a while whenever they have to face it.

So if you want to play it, get his book it is great.


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 Post subject: "The Fascinating King's Gambit" Thomas Johansson
PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:38 pm 
Hi All,

In Thomas Johansson's "The Fascinating King's Gambit" I have an interesting idea following the moves given below...

1. e4 e5 2. f4 Bc5 3. Nf3 d6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bc4 Nc6 6. d3 O-O 7. f5 h6 8. Nd5 Nd4 9. Nxf6+ Qxf6 10. Nxd4 Bxd4 11. c3 Bb6 12. Qh5 c6 13. g4 d5 14. g5 hxg5 15. Bxg5 Qd6 but now instead of the natural and obvious move 16.Bb3

Page 192 var C) line b2)

I suggest ...

16. f6!

White's attack has, up to now, proceeded at pace but with 16.Bb3 there is an unwanted lull. The Bc4's main purpose, that of pinning the Pf7, has gone so why does white need to save his bishop! By playing the blockade move Pf6 Black's king position immediately becomes critical.

Fritz 8 gives convincing proof that 16.f6! is a very strong move.

Say 16... dxc4 17. d4 .White's follow up idea is to force the g-file fully open by fxg7 and then follow up with Rg1. This idea is so strong that Fritz's two main choices, A)17...Bxd4 (!) to defend against Rg1, and the amazing B)17...Bg4 to drive the WQ to a less dangerous square, both lose a piece!

Let's see.

A) 17... Bxd4 18. Rf1 .Stunning! White's idea is terminal and very simple. White plays Qh4, to support f6 , and then plays, fxg7, Bf6 and mate by Qh8! Now 18... Bb6 19. Qh4. By providing extra support for the key square, f6, White prevents Black using the counter sacrifice of his Q for White R and B at f6. White's preparations have set up the absolutely winning idea of simply fxg7 then Bf6 and mate by Qh8.

B) 17... Bg4 18.Qxg4 exd4 19.fxg7 Kxg7 20. Rg1 +-

Or 16... Qe6, aiming to swap queens by ...Qh3 or ...Qg4,leaves White with an extra pawn in an endgame. 17. fxg7 Kxg7 18. exd5 Qg6 19.Qxg6+ Kxg6.

I trust this is of interest.

Yours
The Careful Cat

"Beware of the dog!" :-)


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