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(a) 7 Bc4 Ng4 8 Bb5+ KfB gives Black fully equal chances. (b) It has long been known that grabbing a pawn is dangerous here 12 Nxd5 cxd5 13 Qxd5 Qc7 14 Qc5 (14 Qxa8 Bf5 ) 14 . . . Qb8 15 b3 Bf5 16 Bd3 Rc8 17 Qa5 Rc3 18 Bxf5 Rxe3 19 Be4 Qf4 with good play for the pawn, Ivanchuk-Hodgson, Amsterdam 1996. White has declined the pawn with 13 Bh6 Bxh6 14 Qxh6 Qa5 15 Kbl e5 16 h4 Rb8 17 Bd3 (17 h5 Bf5) 17 . . . e4 18 fxe4 Qb4 19 b3 dxe4 20 Be2 Qc5 21 h5 g5 , Podlesnik-Justin, Yugoslavia 1989. (c)...

Double Queen Pawn Openings

. . . d5 2 c4 e6-------------------1 Queen's Gambit 387 Includes Orthodox Defense, Petrosian Variation, Lasker's Defense, Cambridge Springs Defense, Tartakower Variation, Exchange Variation, Ragozin System, Vienna Variation, Semi-Tarrasch Defense . d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c5------2 Tarrasch . d5 2 c4 dxc4 3 Queen's Gambit 443 . d5 2 c4 c6 - 4 Slav and Semi-Slav 454 . f5------------------------------5 Dutch 481 . d5 2 c4 Nc8----------------8 Chigorin's . Nf6 2 c4 e5-----------------7 Budapest 8 Queen's...

Olsen Vs Conquest At Reykjavik 1996

(a) Declining the sacrifice allows Black an easy game, e.g., 3 d5 Bc5 4 Nc3 d6 , or 3 e3 exd4 4 exd4 d5 (b) Impetuous is Balogh's 4 . . . g5 5 Bd2 Nxe5 6 Bc3 Bg7 7 e3 g4 8 Ne2 d6 9 Nf4 h5 10Qe2 . (c) 7 a3 Ngxe5 threatens 8 . . . Nd3 mate. After 8 Nxe5 Nxe5 9 e3 Bxd2+ 10 Qxd2 d6 11 b4 0-0 12 Be2 b6 13 c5 dxc5 14 Qd5 Ng6 14 Bg5 Qe5 chances are even, Kouatly-IUescas, France 1989. (d) (A) 9 . . . b6 10 0-0 Bxd2 11 Qxd2 Bb7 12 Racl d6 13 b4 0-0 14 c5 , Alterman-Blatny, Pardubice 1993. (B) 9 a5 10...

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Here are two strategic ideas behind 2 . . . c6. The first is to bolster the center without hemming in Black's problem child of the Queen's Gambit Declined the light-squared bishop. The second is to be able to support the advance . . . b5 after a later . . . dxc4. This would either guard the pawn on c4 or attack the piece that has captured it, winning a tempo for queenside expansion. The Slav Semi-Slav is a relatively recent addition to Black's queen pawn defenses. It was originated by Alapin a...

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The Classical Variation, 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 Nf3 0-0 6 Be2 cols. 1-42, see above diagram , has managed through the waxing and waning of its viability to accumulate a massive pedigree, culminating in its current feverish popularity. The main line, 6 e5 7 0-0 Nc6 8 d5 Ne7 9 Nel cols. 1-6 , still leads combatants to move 25 and beyond before novelties are sprung. The zenith of fashion for the last couple years is the Bayonet Attack, 9 b4, when Kramnik's taciturn answer to 9 . . . Nh5, 10 Rel cols....

Semkov Marin Berga 1990

a 9 Bd3 Bg4 10 0-0 a6 11 a4 Nbd7 12 Khl Rb8 13 Qb3 Bxf3 14 Rxf3 Re8 , Jaroslav-Martin, Prague 1.995. b 12 e6 fxe6 13 0-0 exd5 14 Nxd5 Be6 15 Bc4 Nc6 16 Bg5 Nf6 17 Ne5 Nxe5 18 Bxf6 Nxc4 19 Bxd8 Raxd8 20 Ne7t Kh8 Petrosian . c 12 f6 13 exf6 Bxf6 14 Qd2 Bxg5 15 Qxg5 Qxg5 16 Nxg5 , Torres-Romero Holmes, Palma de Mallorca 1992. d 14 Nxe5 Bxe5 15 Bc4 Qxb2 16 d6 Rf8 17 Bxf7t Kg7 18 Resigns, Semkov-Marin, Berga 1990. e 15 Nd5 Bf5 16 Ne7t Rxe7 17 dxe7 Nbc6 18 Rcl Re8 , Barsov-Marin, Budapest 1990. f...

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He King's Gambit is part of the mythology of chess. For more than a hundred years this opening has represented a lost golden age, a nobler past of swashbucking sacrifice and gung-ho attack, when few players were unsporting enough to defend correctly. Golden ages have a tendency to evaporate on scrutiny, and the romanticized heyday of the King's Gambit is no exception. But the unro-mantic fact that the opening's successes were very often due to bad technique is of historical interest. The...