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Re: The Fascinating King's Gambit
Reply #33 - 02/01/05 at 20:09:58
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I just wanted to remark, that RJ Fischer only busted the King's Knight Gambit. After publishing his famous article he realised that White has an improvement on move 3.
When a certain Kasparov signed in for a swiss tournament somewhere in The Netherlands, the organizers paniced, as they were not prepared to give him proper accomodation. Were they relieved, when they learned his first name - Sergey.
  

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Re: The Fascinating King's Gambit
Reply #32 - 02/01/05 at 18:14:41
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TalJechin, I sure hope your book arrives soon!!


So do I, so do I! Cheesy

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Anyway he examines the line 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Nf6 (or 3...c6 4.Nc3 Nf6 though he doesn't indicate that these lines are analogous) 4...c6!


Well, he does mention that they transpose, which hardly needs saying as it is rather obvious isn't it?

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5.e5?, 5.Qe2 and 5.Qf3 while in fact White's only playable moves are 5.d4 and 5.Bb3!


Actually, I think 5.Nf3 is also playable as is 4.d3 and to my surprise even 5.Qf3, thanks to an unexpected transposition... (and no, I don't mean 5...d5 6.exd5 Bd6 7.Qe2+.)
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Re: The Fascinating King's Gambit
Reply #31 - 02/01/05 at 17:37:23
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GM Emil Sutovsky recently played this variation against Nisipeanu. In New In Chess Magazine issue 7/2004 he comments the game. Here are the first few moves:
1.e4 d6 2.Nc3 e5 (2...c5 is a closed Sicilian or open but White chooses!; 2...Nf6 3.d4 e5 is more Philidor stuff, but White can play 3.f4!? when 3...e5 is a KG declined and 3...c5 a Sicilian Grand Prix, but Black has missed out on the Tal gambit as well as ...e6 and ...d5 lines)
3.f4! exf4 4.Bc4 Now it is a Bishop's gambit.
Sutovsky (as did IM Lawrence Day who played 4.d4 in this position) dislikes 4.Nf3 which he claims leads to a bad version of the classical gambit (Fischer defence). Actually this is not so, but let's just leave people thinking that and score a few easy points (Btw this demonstrates clearly that even GMs are oblivious to recent theory as ling as it has not been in Informator or the week in chess).
4...Qh4 5.Kf1 Be6 6.Qe2! This also occurred in Fischer-Evans, USA 1963. After Fischer had "refuted" the King's gambit...food for thought.

On another note I read McGrew's recent column and was very disappointed. I tried to contact him and ask if there was going to be a follow-up to the article with the real games, so far without luck.
Anyway he examines the line 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Nf6 (or 3...c6 4.Nc3 Nf6 though he doesn't indicate that these lines are analogous) 4...c6! and now:
5.e5?, 5.Qe2 and 5.Qf3 while in fact White's only playable moves are 5.d4 and 5.Bb3!   Angry

TalJechin, I sure hope your book arrives soon!!
  
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Re: The Fascinating King's Gambit
Reply #30 - 02/01/05 at 10:54:37
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Well, a few years ago Kasparov managed to trick me with that 1...d6 idea... Wink

So in the chapter on tricky transpositions I recommend 2.Nc3 to avoid the Philidor as 2...e5 3.f4 would still be a KG. Play usually end up in an Austrian Attack or a Closed Sicilian. But it also frequently enters the great unknown...




Btw, it was Sergej Kasparov, an IM from Belorussia, not GK. Grin
  

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Reply #29 - 02/01/05 at 08:58:46
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Lest that last post appear somewhat churlish, cutting out the Petroff, the Latvian, the Elephant etc. as well as not having to learn something good against 2...Nc6, is already a worthwhile achievement!

Personally, though, I would rather play the main lines of the Philidor than that endgame.
  

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Re: The Fascinating King's Gambit
Reply #28 - 02/01/05 at 08:55:15
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Incidentally, The King asked earlier "does this mean I don't have to worry about the ... Philidor ...?", to which TalJechin replies that this is indeed the case.

Not necessarily true, though, as White still has to worry about 1.e4 d6 2.d4 e5!? and 2...Nf6 3.Nc3 e5!?, when there is an argument that White's best replies are 3. and 4.Nf3 respectively, transposing to the Philidor.

Of course, it is also possible to argue that White should chop on e5 and d8 and try to win the endgame (and he does undeniably have a slight plus), but I am not sure this is the way most KG-eers will wish to go ...
  

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Re: The Fascinating King's Gambit
Reply #27 - 02/01/05 at 06:14:41
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Thanks Vieto!  Cheesy

Not much to do about the cover, it's probably not only because the cover is thin since it's also very wide...
  

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Re: The Fascinating King's Gambit
Reply #26 - 02/01/05 at 03:44:02
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I received my copies yesterday, it's a very good book with a lot of original analysis as expected!  Smiley
My only remark is about the cover quality : it's very thin and doesn't put back correctly when you close the book.
But this doesn't change the quality of the analysis, very good job TalJechin!  Wink
  
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Reply #25 - 01/31/05 at 19:57:45
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I received an email from Trafford that my book had been shipped on Jan.25th.  Should be here any day now.  Probably will arrive at the same time as my new super-computer and team of grandmasters I've paying to disect the analysis in the book.  On second thought they can buy their own book and I can't afford another computer.
  
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Re: The Fascinating King's Gambit
Reply #24 - 01/31/05 at 07:23:12
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Can't remember when I ordered it, but allowing for printing and delivery I seem to remember estimating it would arrive first week of February, so fingers crossed ...
  

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Re: The Fascinating King's Gambit
Reply #23 - 01/31/05 at 05:54:45
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2 copies ordered the 13/01, not yet received  Cry
  
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Re: The Fascinating King's Gambit
Reply #22 - 01/31/05 at 04:56:02
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So, has anyone, except me, seen the book yet?
  

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Re: The Fascinating King's Gambit
Reply #21 - 01/30/05 at 21:34:23
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3. Bc4 is a strong move, probably better than 3. Nf3.   My most promising student, now age thirteen, has been playing this way for the past several years, always with good chances for White.  We have prepared exensive notes on this system, but it's a great bonus to have this very interesting book.

The very best thing about the KG is that, unlike so many gambits, it is positionally well-founded.
  

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Re: The Fascinating King's Gambit
Reply #20 - 01/27/05 at 05:27:30
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Thanks for the reply TalJechin.  That's true, there are plenty of dodgy books churned out by titled players.

I wasn't suggesting yours was like this, I had just never heard of you or seen any of your previous work.

Anyway, I am seriously considering buying your book - it sounds very appealing to have an all purpose reply to 1...e5
  
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Re: The Fascinating King's Gambit
Reply #19 - 01/26/05 at 08:45:53
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Johansson's first book on the KG was good. My impression is, that his book on the Bishop's Gambit is even better; more than one step forward in developing theory.
  

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