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Re: A rare gambit in the Caro?
Reply #2 - 06/30/07 at 10:57:54
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MNb wrote on 06/29/07 at 23:14:15:
How could you ever, ever get rid of the green books by Rolf Schwarz? Of course he is completely outdated in the main lines, but he is excellent for the less popular stuff.

I regret it to this day, MNb Cry, I loved Schwartz' books but at the time I was married with small kids and building up a professional career.  As a result, I had to give up chess and after a while, sold all of them books as part of a housecleaning exercise...

Thanks for your input, which as usual is very useful.  It looks like this gambit is quite playable, whether Black accepts it or not.  I'll definitely get Schwartz' book on the CK, it may be the start of a new collection of his books Wink
  

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Re: A rare gambit in the Caro?
Reply #1 - 06/29/07 at 23:14:15
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1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Bd3 Nxe4 6.Bxe4 Bf5 =(Suetin).

4...Bf5 5.Bd3 Qxd4 6.Nf3 Qd8 (Qd5 7.Qe2 Nf6 8.c4 Qd8 9.0-0 with an active position - Suetin) 7.Qe2
a)7...Bxe4 8.Bxe4 f6 9.0-0! Nxe4 10.Qxe4 e6 11.Bg5 Be7 12.Rad1 Qc7 13.Rfe1 0-0 14.Bf4 Qa5 15.Be5 (Trifunovic);
b) 7...e6 8.Bf4 Nd7 9.0-0-0 Ngf6 Persitz-Porath, Israel 1961, 10.Nxf6+ Qxf6 11.Bg5 Qg6 12.Bxf5 Qxf5 13.Qd2 (Suetin) with the initiative in both cases;
c) 7...Nf6 8.Bd2 (8.Nxf6+ gxf6 9.Bxf5 Qa5+ 10.Bd2 Qxf5 11.0-0-0 Nd7 12.Be3 Qa5 with an extra pawn, Fajarowicz-Blümich, 1930) Bxe4 9.Bxe4 Nxe4 10.Qxe4 e6 11.0-0-0 with some compensation for the sacced pawn (Trifunovic).

How could you ever, ever get rid of the green books by Rolf Schwarz? Of course he is completely outdated in the main lines, but he is excellent for the less popular stuff. I clearly remember, how good he was in the Anderssen-Richter Attack 5.Bxf6 against the French. That has netted me a lot of points before I met someone who really knew how to play against it (I evt. won that game as well, after being lost in the opening).
  

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A rare gambit in the Caro?
06/29/07 at 16:07:16
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In the Caro Kann, after

1 e4 c6; 2 d4 d5; 3 Nc3 dxe4; 4 Nxe4 Nf6; 5 Bd3 Qxd4; 6 Nf3 Qd8; 7 Qe2,

White has at least a comfortable lead in development for the pawn.
It can also be played after 4 ...Bf5, and in the French Rubinstein after the rather rare 4 ...Nf6.

After 4 ...Nf6, it's called the Alekhine Gambit (ELO B15).  Eric Schiller in his Gambit Chess Openings gives only the first 5 moves.  His comments are rather positive for White, e.g.  "This is a fine gambit to use (against the CK)".  But then he concludes "Black looks a bit better" and "Few dare to play it".  No comment Roll Eyes

Nowhere else have I found any mention of it, although a quick scan in my database shows it's being played regularly, if not at the highest levels. Long time ago I used to have the opening books by Rolf Schwartz, and the ones on the CK and the French covered this gambit to some extent.  If I remember correctly, Schwartz felt the gambit was quite playable, at least in the CK version.

Can anybody tell me more about this gambit? If it's playable, I might get Schwartz' book again which apparently is still available at schachversand.de

Thanks.
  

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