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Re: The best variation to refute the Halloween Gambit
Reply #4 - 07/11/14 at 11:23:47
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Thanks Vas.
So here is one Tabiya of 5...Nc6 & 8...Bc5!? with 9...0-0  in the Halloween Gambit:

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White has several options here :

* 10. Ne4 Re8 11. Bd3 Qxf6 12.Qe2 Qd8 is interesting
* 10. Na4 Re8+ 11. Be2 d6 12. Nxc5 (12. f5) 12... dxc5)
* 10. fxg7 Re8+ 11. Be2 d6 seems bad for white
* 10. Qh5 is playable

There is also 9...Qxf6 that is interesting:

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So maybe this 8...Bc5 variation is not strong enough to be called solely the best variation versus the Halloween Gambit.

I actually guess now that this line is the most annoying for white:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nxe5 Nxe5 5. d4 Nc6 6. d5 Ne5 7. f4 Ng6 8. e5
Bb4 !

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White has to take the knight on f6 and here black 9...Qxf6 seems best.



PANFR: 10.Na4 Re8+ is good as it allows ...Bg4 in some lines. Moreover is there is no Bishop in c5 later(Na4 played), then Kf2 is possible instead of the pinned Be2.
  
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Re: The best variation to refute the Halloween Gambit
Reply #3 - 07/10/14 at 23:01:49
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10.Na4 Re8+ seems a tad cooperative. Why not 10...Bb4+ 11.c3 Bd6 immediately? White's position looks like a mess.
  
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Re: The best variation to refute the Halloween Gambit
Reply #2 - 07/10/14 at 22:30:29
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I've played almost 40 games online (blitz/ bullet) with 7...Bd6 with a nice plusscore. White is surely fighting for equality.
  
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Re: The best variation to refute the Halloween Gambit
Reply #1 - 07/10/14 at 21:09:09
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Since you are interested in this variation, I think I can help you with all the correspondence chess games I've found (though probably of not very high quality) after 8...Bc5:



You probably have to look at this 10.Na4!?...
Unfortunately, I don't have enough time to analyse this position (after 10.Na4).  Wink
  
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C47: Best variation to refute the Halloween Gambit
07/10/14 at 17:10:31
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While looking at the Halloween Gambit, I was not 100% satisfied with "official refutations" available, until I found out this particular variation:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nxe5 Nxe5 5. d4 Nc6 6. d5 Ne5 7. f4 Ng6 8. e5
Bc5!

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Then follows:

9. exf6 O-O 10. fxg7 Re8+ 11. Be2 (11. Ne2 Qh4+ 12. g3 Qh5) 11... d6

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This line is quite forcing and after 11 moves black is better with the attack.
I strongly believe in this variation and would be pleased to have your feedback on it.

« Last Edit: 07/12/14 at 20:03:26 by Smyslov_Fan »  
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