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 Post subject: Avoid the main lines - Return your extra piece?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:42 am 
A few days ago I played some blitz games with the Halloween Gambit on chess servers and my opponents tried to avoid the main lines by giving their extra piece back. I don't think this policy is very successful as you may see from the following short games:

White: chessfips
Black: kongoman

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nxe5 Nxc6 5. d4 (the standard position in the Halloween. Now the main lines start with 5. - Nc6 or 5. - Ng6) 5. - Bb4? 6. dxe5 (when I asked my opponent why he hadn't tried to keep his extra piece, he replied that he didn't want to run into theoretical variations) 6. - Nxe4 (Black seems o.k., but ...) 7. Qg4! d5 8. Qxg7 Rf8 9. Bd3 Nxc3 10. a3 Ba5 11. 0-0 Ne4 12. Bxe4 dxe4 13. Bg5 (this was the idea of 9. Bd3 and exchanging the knight. Black is lost after only 13 moves.)
13. - f6 (the only move) 14. exf6 Qd7 15. f7+ Qxf7 16. Qe5+ Qe6 17. Qxa5 Rf5 18. Qd2 Bd7 19. Rad1 Bc6 20. Bf4 Rd5 21. Qe3 0-0-0 22. Qxa7 Rxd1 23. Qa8+ Kd7 24. Rxd1+ Bd5 25. Qxb7 Ke8 26. Qxc7 Black resigns.

White: chessfips
Black: Sa-Sa

1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nxe5 Nxe5 5. d4 Nc6 6. d5 Ne5 7. f4 Qe7!? 8. fxe5 Qxe5 9. Bd3 Bb4 10. 0-0 d6 11. Bf4 Qd4+ 12. Kh1 Ng4?? (a typical blunder in a blitz game. White has a good position after 12. - 0-0 13. Nb5 Qb6 14.c3) 13. Bb5+ and Black resigns.

I hope these short games will encourage you to play the Halloween. :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:54 pm 
7 ... Qe7 is an awful move
In the Halloween Gambit black has a material advantage and white a positional advantage, if black wants to play a sac and lose his material advantage, black must have a well-balanced position then.

With ... Qe7, your opponent doesn't keep his material advantage, but you keep your positionnal advantage with a good center and the f file open for your rook after O-O

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