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Alexei Fedorov vs Michael Adams
European Team Championship (1997), Pula CRO, rd 3, May-08
King's Gambit: Accepted. Rosentreter-Testa Gambit (C37)  ·  1-0



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Oct-28-05  KingG: No comments on this game? Amazing that a even a player of Adams' quality can lose to the supposedly 'unsound' Rosentreter Gambit. Adams probably just plays too passively in this game.

Adams also chickens out on the 11th move with 11. ...Nxd4? returning the piece. He was probably afraid of White capturing on f7 creating threats against his King.

According to McDonald in his truly awful book on the King's Gambit.

<The critical variation is 11...♗e7 12 e5(both 12 ♗h4 ♘g4 and 12 ♘b5 ♔d8 13 e5 ♘e4! are nothing for White) 12...dxe5 (Fedorov gives 12...♘d7 13 ♗xf7+ ♔d8 14 ♖ad1 with unclear play) 13 dxe5 (13 ♗xe5 ♘xe5 14 dxe5 ♗c5+ 15 ♔h1 ♘g4 leaves Black better) 13...♘a5!

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The point is that 14 exf6 is answered by 14...♗c5+! and then 15...♘xc4. White can maintain the pressure with 14 ♗xf7+ ♔xf7 15 ♘e4, but the position is by no means clear.>

Anyway this is certainly a notable victory for Fedorov in the King's Gambit.

Mar-05-06  refutor: <kingg> what's wrong with the mcdonald book?
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  offramp: It was only four pages long.
Jun-29-06  KingG: <refutor> I think i was a bit too harsh on the book when i wrote that. It's not quite as bad as i thought at the time. There are a few lines here and there, and a few comments that are worth buying the book for.

Basically, my big problem with it is it is seems to be almost written from Black's side, and is overly pessimistic about many of the lines from White's point of view. McDonald doesn't seem to make any effort to provide improvements or original analysis for White, and is content to try and refute White's play in all the game he does win(most games he gives seem to be wins for Black!).

Oh yeah, and the book is way too short, and not comprehensive at all.

Basically, this is how McDonald's book can be summed up:

1)If White can survive the middlegame, which is better for Black in most lines, he has decent winning chances in the endgame, which is good for White, even a pawn down.

2)The only KG worth playing is the Bishop's Gambit(but he only gives a couple of pages on it!)

If you contrast it with Johansson's book, The King's Gambit for the Creative Aggressor, where he tries to give good, aggressive lines for White, and writes about the KG with some enthusiasm, which is totally lacking from McDonald's book.

There is no way anyone who picks up McDonald's book will ever want to play the King's Gambit, whereas someone who reads Johansson's book just might.

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  IMlday: 4.d4 is probably the best move but Black needn't play (overplay?) 4..g4 when 4..h6 is less ambitious.
Jun-29-06  KingG: <IMlday> What do you mean by <4.d4 is probably the best move>? Do you mean it's better than 4.Bc4, or that it's actually also better than 4.h4 ?
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  IMlday: Yes, by my understanding 4.d4 is the best move, taking the center. 4.h4 to wreck Black's pawn structure or 4.Bc4 to pile up on f7 are alternatives, but 4.d4 looks best to me.
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  plang: McDonalds book recommends 6..d5. He also recommends 8..Nd4 although white gets a pretty scary attack after this. Adams was clearly caught off guard with this variation. After he returned the piece with 11..Nd4 he had a worse endgame.
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  ToTheDeath: McDonald is an excellent writer whose pessimism about the KG is justified. White is struggling to equalize in many of the main lines.

Even Kasparov who revived the romantic Evans gambit said the King's gambit is rubbish.

May-04-08  KingG: <McDonald is an excellent writer whose pessimism about the KG is justified. White is struggling to equalize in many of the main lines.> Maybe so, but it doesn't change the fact that his book wasn't very good.

Anyway, great game by Fedorov against a very strong player. It's a shame he's given up on the King's Gambit, but you have to admire him for the days when he would play it against the likes of Anand, Adams, Shirov and Ivanchuk.

Mar-01-15  kamagong24: the last knight of the king's gambit
Mar-02-15  morfishine: One of Adams more forgettable games
May-27-16  Christoforus Polacco: @ KingG
The best book is ''King's Gambit'' by Estrin & Glazkov. But you need to understand Russian language... A some.

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