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Craig Pritchett vs Michael Basman
British Championship (1986), Southampton ENG, rd 9, Aug-06
Borg Defense: Borg Gambit (B00)  ·  0-1



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  patzer2: This game provides a jumping off point for examining the potential in the defense 1. e4 g5, especially after the reply 2. d4. Basman as I recall has made some contributions to opening theory in the pirc and modern defenses, and against a strong master acquits himself very well in this game.
Jan-08-04  WhoKeres: I have to admit I understood very little of this game. It seems that Pritchett just expected a quick crush and when that didn't happen Basman's pawns got rolling and it was all over. Still, I doubt that black can hope to equalize with this line against solid play by white.
Oct-02-04  Apocalypse79: I think black's technical attack begins from 7.Bxc3+ .... white' defence was collapsed ...
Jun-03-12  master of defence: Why not 3.Bxg5?
Jun-03-12  Shams: <master of defense> 3.Bxg5 Bxd4 trades a center pawn for a wing pawn.
Jun-03-12  Cushion: <shams> 3...Bxd4?? 4. Qxd4 and black is lost. After 3...c5 though black has a lot of compensation and is actually winning the pawn back, i.e. 4.Be3 Qb6
Jun-03-12  Shams: <Cushion> I'm just hallucinating everything today. I saw the position as 1.b4 reversed!
Jun-03-12  master of defence: <Cushion> After 3...c5 4.c3. Now what?
Jun-03-12  master of defence: And please, see my forum and answer my questions, because nobody answered yet.
Jun-03-12  waustad: How much did they have to drink before playing this one?
Jun-03-12  Shams: Well, it's a dubious gambit for sure. 15 games in the db:

Apr-30-13  TheTamale: Here would be the score if I played against IM Basman.

White: The Tamale
Black: Michael Basman

1. e4 g5


Apr-30-13  Abdel Irada: <TheTamale: Here would be the score if I played against IM Basman.

White: The Tamale
Black: Michael Basman

1. e4 g5


And then you would be assimilated.

Apr-30-13  Abdel Irada: It is always surprising to Borg neophytes to discover how ineffective Nf5 turns out to be.

Before they meet the opening in live play, they're always full of cocky assurance that the "weakness" of that square will be fatal; what they get wrong is "fatal to whom." In practice, the square can be viewed almost as bait, and when the trap is eventually sprung, White generally finds himself with a weak pawn on that square.

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