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Ricardo Calvo vs Svetozar Gligoric
7th Torneo del Vino (1977), Montilla ESP, Aug-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense (C34)  ·  0-1



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Nov-30-02  Sylvester: Gligoric's assessment is that 5...g4 virtually forces the piece sacrifice because white has nothing promising.
Nov-30-02  pawntificator: White is supposed to develop his bishop on move 4, not push another pawn yet! Well, that's what I usually do.
Nov-30-02  Sylvester: Do any top GMs play the King's Gambit anymore?
Dec-01-02  Kenneth Sterling: Fischer and Spassky did, also Larry Evans. I cannot speak for the present.
Dec-01-02  Kulla Tierchen: Bronstein is a knight of the King's Gambit of long standing.
Dec-01-02  Ghoul: <Do any top GMs play the King's Gambit anymore?>

Judit Polgar!

Dec-01-02  PVS: If 4. Bc4 h6, then what?
Dec-02-02  Kulla Tierchen: 5. d4 g5 6. 0-0 transposes into the old Hanstein Gambit. As white, I would prefer something like 5. b3 Nc6 6. Bb2 Nf6 7. Nc3 Be7 8.Qc2. Here the better tactical player has good chances.
Dec-02-02  Vilkacis: Paul Keres was an earlier exponent of the King's Gambit.
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  Honza Cervenka: 12.Qc3 seems to be much better than 12.Nd2.
Dec-02-02  Sylvester: Gligoric agrees. He says 12. Nd2 will not cause black much trouble and that 12. Qc3 is better.
Dec-02-02  PVS: So perhaps the young man was correct after all. Some of us, at least Honza Cervenka, do analyse at the grandmaster level.
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  Honza Cervenka: King's gambit is quite often played for example by Mark Hebden, Alexei Fedorov, Heikki Westerinen, Jon Loftur Arnason and (of course) Boris Spassky. But sometimes many other GMs try King's gambit included Ivanchuk, Morozevich, Nunn, Short, Shirov, Adams, Illescas Cordoba etc.
Dec-02-02  drukenknight: I think white plays exactly as he should in the opening. But what happens on move 12? Why not give check on b3?
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  Honza Cervenka: 12.Qb3+ is possible but it is not better than 12.Qc3 as after 12...Be6! white cannot play 13.Qxb7? for 13...Bc5+ 14.Kh1 Nf6 15.Qxa8? Bd5 and black wins. White has to play then 13.Qc3 what means that black gain a tempo (Be6) in comparison with 12.Qc3.
Dec-02-02  PVS: I think one can question white's tenth move. Why another sacrifice? Is not Qb3 better?
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  Honza Cervenka: White can play 10.Qb3 but it seems to be a little bit slow. 10.Bxf7+ is quite logic and not bad.
Dec-02-02  drukenknight: isnt 10 Bxf4 even more logical and actually good?
Dec-02-02  drukenknight: HC this is the problem with the Qb3+ line you propose; you propose a plan for black that involves a combination of moves to trap whites Q whereas white is apparently clueless and plays w/o a plan, moment for moment and suddenly you spring a surprise on the Q.

white isnt so foolish as to get his queen caught in a poison pawn trap:

12. Qb3+ Be6 13.Qxb7 Bc5+ 14. Kh1 Nf6 15 Qxf7+

would be fine and better than the alternative 12 Qc3. But thats only one way; a slower plan.

Moreover you propose a line in which white has no plan; whites plan is to unload pieces off the f file since the R is aligned with blacks K/Q. YOu start putting the Q on b7 which is fine if white wants to carry through but not fine if he is going to delay decisive action. White gets caught between two plans, which is what is happening in the line you are proposing.

white could just as well have played:

12. Qb3+ Be6 13. Bxc7

exposing blacks Q early on. This line is probably stronger but I have only been looking at it for a few minutes.

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  Honza Cervenka: 1) 12.Qb3+ Be6 13.Bxc7 Bc5+ and white will get a mate in few moves.

2) 12.Qb3+ Be6 13.Qxb7 Bc5+ 14.Kh1 Nf6 15.Qxc7+ (Qxf7+ is a typo) 15...Nbd7 and black has decisive advantage as he is up with material as well as with development.

Dec-23-04  InspiredByMorphy: <Honza Cervenka> Thank you for your informative posts. I found them of utmost interest.

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