The Cunningham Gambit

Cunningham at the beginning of ihe 18th century, was for a very long time considered not totally correct, but its popularity during the post-war years of the 20th century, made 3 jS.e7 into one of the most fashionable replies to the King's Knight's Gambit. The most rcccnt research reveals, however, that it is not so simple for Black to achieve equality with this move. Editor's note Alexander Cunningham (1654-1737) was born in Scotland. A diplomat and historian, he...

Kings Gambit

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A) 10 ic6 1 d2 > xd2 12 xd2 Vxc2 I 13 A*c2 h5 14 Sac and White has secured some advantage, Schmidt-Bagchinsky, Pregue 1943. b) 10 )d7 II g3 M6 12 Ag2 when White has a good game. On 11 g3 Keres has jmproved on Philldor s 11 d5 tfith 11 Ah6. 11 xd2 White's position is better after a) 11 d5 12 Qxe4de 13 Ste5,or b) 11 fS 12 Ag5 xg5 13 Vxe7+ & xe7 14 hg (Kcrcs). 13 Axe2 e6 After 13 Af5 14 Shfl > d7 15 & fc4 4> f6 16 Ab5+ Ad7 17 2ael+ & d8 IS Ag5 White got a strong attack in...

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A 16 Qd7 17 Sxf5 and now al) IT QeS 18 de Axf5 19 ef with the threat of 20 f6 a2) 17 c6 18 2f7. b) 16 I h7 17 ef h8 IS Ae3. t is because of this possibility that the whole variation s thrown into doubt. Considerably worse are a) 9 de 10 )xe5 Axe5 II Wh5+ 4*7 12 de Vd4+ 13 hJ Qc6 14 fg6 tfxc5 15 Axf4 gf 16 2ael g.5 17 Wxc6+ & I8 18 d5 19 - xf4' > xe6 20 Qxc6- & c7 21 b) 9 d5 10 g3 g4 11 fch4 D 12 Qg6 Sh7 13 Wd3 (A Rabinovich). 7 5V 6 Yet another excellent riposte. Vfarshall-Teirhmsnn,...

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So far Fischer-Evans, US Ch, New York 1963-4. Now Black could have equalised with 10 dc 11 dc & d7 12 toc4 toxcS 13 toxc5 Wxe5 14 Ad2 d5 (Fischer). Editor's note The game actually wersl 10 d5 II Wd3 to*6 12 tort tobA 13 Wdl 0-0-0 14 c3 toa6 S h4 g4 16 toh2 h5 17 toxtt ttxh4 (better 17 & bS) 18 & gl tohe 9to( Wc 20 toxbS 2g8 21 fg3 2g6 22 toil Bg5 23 Ac3 tocl 24 mi 2g8 25 & fe2 f6 26 cf Wxf6 27 Axh6 Ld6 28 2fl e6 29 Af4 2de8 30 2h6 J.xf4 31 Wxf4 We 32 216 & e6 33 We5 tog 34 WxeT...

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In Cheremisin-Estrin, Moscow 1959, Black obtained the advantage after 9 b5 Ae 10 Axf4 toc 1 c7 Sb8 12c3 Ad7(evensimpler is 12 Af5 ). Now on 10 Af5 there follows 11 HTf2 or 11 *Pe3 with the better position for White whilst 10 Axe5 11 de Ag4 loses for Black after 12 Wd2 Axdl 13 ef Ah5 14 fg+ & xg7 15 Ah6+ & g8 16 Wxd5 Ag6 17 Ac4 etc. This is stronger than 9 Ac4 Af5 10 0-0 Axc2 11 Qc5 b5 12 Ab3 Axb3 13 ab b4 14 xd5 15 & xf4 Axc5 16 de xf4 17 Axf4 id7 with equal chances (Estrin). Or 9 Af5...