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Manuel de Agustin vs Artur Yusupov
Linares Anibal op 4th (1997), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-??
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Hinrichsen Gambit (C31)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: I figured 1. e4 e5 2. d4 ed 3. f4!? d5 was a rare Center Game line, only to find it's a rare KGD line instead! But I am unconvinced about 4. e5!?; Black gets a mighty Pd4 easily supported by Nc6/Bc5. Black's play here was gutsy, with both Rook Pawns out in the opening (how often do you see that?), then the aggressive 17 ... Kf7! for attacking purposes. White might have done better with 18. g3, and only if 18 ... h4 then 19. g4, rather than 18. g4!? opening lines toward his King. Note 23. Bxb4?! c5 consolidates the extra Pawn, also he could never trade on f5 (Bxf5) due to the open g file (... gxf5), also ... d3 hitting f2. White was running out of moves but 27. Be1? Ne3 28. Qg3 Rh3 broke down the defense at h2 decisively.

ramadantaher-tpstar0 (Yahoo 5/15/04): 1. e4 e5 2. d4 ed 3. f4!? d5 4. e5!? Nc6 5. Nf3 Bb4+ (5 ... Bc5) 6. Nbd2 Qe7 (6 ... Bf5) 7. Bd3 Bg4 8. 0-0 0-0-0 9. a3 Bc5 10. b4 Bb6 11. b5 (11. Nb3) Na5 12. a4 h5 13. h3 Bxf3 14. Nxf3 g6 15. e6!? f5 16. Ng5 Nh6 17. Kh1 Nc4 18. Qe2 Nd6?! (18 ... Ne3 19. Ba3 Bc5) 19. Ba3 Rde8 20. Bxd6 (20. a5! Bxa5 21. Bxd6) Qxd6 21. a5 Bc5 22. b6 cb 23. ab Bxb6 24. Rfb1?! Qxf4 25. Bb5 Qxg5 26. Bxe8 Rxe8 27. e7? Qxe7 28. Qb5 Qd7 and Black won (0-1).

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  tpstar: yalcinerus-tpstar0 (Yahoo 7/2/04): 1. e4 e5 2. d4 ed 3. f4!? d5 4. e5!? c5!? (4 ... Nc6 5. Nf3 Bc5) 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Be2 Nge7 7. 0-0 h5 8. Na3 Nf5 (partial credit) 9. Ng5 Be7?! (9 ... g6) 10. Bxh5 g6 11. Bg4 Bxg5 12. Bxf5 Bxf5 13. fxg5 Qe7 14. Nb5! Nxe5!? 15. Re1 0-0 16. Bf4 Qd7 17. Bxe5 Qxb5 18. Qd2 Qc6 19. Qf4 f6 20. gf!? Rf7 21. Qh6 Rxf6 22. g4! Bxc2 23. g5 Qe6 24. h3! Rf3 and 1-0 (25. Qg7++).
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  tpstar: <1. Does the line 3 ... dxe4 offer Black decent if not better prospects than the usual 3 ... exd4 and 3 ... exf4?

2. Does the line 3 ... exd4 4. Qxd4 dxe4 as in the following game Heinrichsen vs Metger, 1896 provide decent if not better prospects for both sides than the usual 4. e5 (a move you clearly do not approve of), and 4 ... Nf6 (in response to 4. Qxd4)?>

<InspiredByMorphy> Conceptually I consider this opening under the Center Game, although technically it's a rare line of the KGD Falkbeer Counter Gambit. Opening Explorer On 1. e4 e5 2. f4 Black should play 2 ... exf4, then 3. Nf3 d6 and Black wins.

4. e5!? is a dubious gambit. Black secures a strong Pd4 supported by the Nc6 & the Bc5 which is very hard for White to recover; in this game, he never did. Even better might be 4 ... c5!? consolidating the Pawn plus and Black is for choice. See my second game here as an example.

I would avoid 3 ... dxe4 since after 4. fxe5 the Pe4 is far advanced and easily lost (c3 & Nd2 & Qe2, and if needed g3 & Bg2). Therefore 3 ... exd4 4. Qxd4 dxe4 5. Qxe4+ is best play and leads to an equal game.

Jun-17-08  depraved: <tpstar> Fool that I am, I thought the winning line went 2....exf4 3.Nf3 h6, although I've played the line 2....d5 3.exd5 c6, once with each colour, and won both. Maybe the Falkbeer isn't dead !!

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