Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Chessgames premium membership fee will increase to $39 per year effective June 15, 2023. Enroll Now!

Sergei Rublevsky vs Christian Gabriel
"Angel Dust" (game of the day Jan-11-2023)
Wch U18 (1992), Duisburg GER, rd 4, Jul-??
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Krause Gambit (C47)  ·  1-0



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 22 times; par: 10 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 1,549 more games of Rublevsky
sac: 9.axb4 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can make these tips go away by registering a free account then visiting your preferences page. Simply check the option "Don't show random tips on game pages." and click the Update Profile button at the bottom.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-28-03  rochade18: Wow, what a tactical firework! I don't know if I was couraged enough to sacrifice my rook with a king on c3.

And after 17...Ke7 then 18.Bg5 Kd6 19.Qf6 and Bf4, right?

Dec-31-05  Whitehat1963: Wild 18th century-style game won by the latest Russian champ. Great fun!
Jun-20-06  Stevens: And people say the Four Knights is boring! Proof that the game is what you make it.
Jun-20-06  borisbadenoff: Up to including 12. Bc4 this is "known ground".
White decided to play the Scotch instead of the Spanish variation of the four knights by 4. d4 normally here black should play 4. .. exd4 with really equal chances for both. But instead plays the 4. .. Bb4 Bogoljubow variation. This allows white to play the for attacking players favorable Krause variation of the scotch.

Up to 8. a3 everything fine here I consider 8. .. Ba5 superior to 8. .. Nxd4 and after 11. Kxc3 it looks like white is down in material but in reality has 2 pieces (the knight is trapped) for the rook.

12. .. Qe7 may look like a good idea but is not. Better to mantain something like equality would be 12. .. bxa4+ So here white is already in a superior position. And 16. .. Qe4 is the first step which black takes on his way to hell. Still better is bxc6.

And after 20. Qd6+ the black queen is lost. 20. .. Ka7 21. Be3+ Qxe3 22. fxe3. And white is a piece (the trapped knight) up

Oct-26-21  Whitehat1963: Currently sits atop the Guess the Move 40 most difficult games list.
Jan-11-23  LoveThatJoker: One heck of a game! I love the tactical echo of first Black having a ...Bb4 and ...Nxc3 configuration, followed by White's Bb5 and Nxc6!

Both exceedingly rare and attractive...a worthy GOTD for this and other reasons as well.


Jan-11-23  goodevans: <borisbadenoff: Up to including 12. Bc4 this is "known ground".>

I can only find one game earlier than this one where that position had been reached, viz. H Angantysson vs I Polgar, 1969. Black (no relation to the famous sisters as far as I'm aware) actually won that game but the idea that such a complex position is "known ground" on the basis of one obscure game is a bit of a stretch.

<12. .. Qe7 may look like a good idea but is not. Better to mantain something like equality would be 12. .. bxa4+>

After either <12...bxa4+ 13.Kd3> or <12...bxa4+ 13.Kd2> the N is still trapped. Okay, it's now protected but it's still trapped. I prefer 13.Kd2 as it avoids any later complications with an eventual ...Bf5+ (as in the game I cited above) and although it blocks in the DSB it does defend e1 for when White's R gets there. But either of these K moves ought to be good for a win via a similar attack to this game as has been the case several times since.

I believe Black was objectively lost some time before 12.Bc4 and that his last chance for anything like equality was <8...Ba5 9.Nxc6 dxc6 10.Qe5+ Qe7 11.Qxe7+ Kxe7 12.Bd2 Bf5> as in Svidler vs A Raetsky, 1989.

Incidentally, the SF annotations award 12.Bc4 a '?' which is just ludicrous.

Jan-11-23  TheTamale: <Whitehat1963: Currently sits atop the Guess the Move 40 most difficult games.> According to Engine, both sides are dead lost by move 12.
Jan-11-23  goodevans: <TheTamale: [...] According to Engine, both sides are dead lost by move 12.>


Jan-11-23  belgradegambit: Actually all of this is “known ground” with lots of analysis in Bruce Monson’s classic book The Belgrade Gambit. The mistake is 8….nxd4?
Jan-11-23  goodevans: <belgradegambit: Actually all of this is “known ground”...>

... which was published over four years after this game.

<The mistake is 8….nxd4?>

As I said, 'his last chance for anything like equality was <8...Ba5...'.

Premium Chessgames Member

click for larger view

12...Qe7 is definitely the best defense, even though it's a losing position.

1) +3.61 (35 ply) 12...Qe7 13.Re1 d5 14.Bb5+ c6 15.Nxc6 Qxe1+ 16.Bd2 bxc6 17.Bxc6+ Bd7 18.Bxd7+ Kxd7 19.Bxe1 Rac8+ 20.Kd3 Nc2 21.Bd2 Nxb4+ 22.Bxb4 axb4 23.Qxh7 Ke7 24.h4 Rg8 25.Qf5 Rc1 26.Qf4 Rc4 27.Qe5+ Kf8 28.Qxd5 Rcg4 29.g3 R8g6 30.Ke3 Re6+ 31.Kf3 Rgg6 32.h5 Rgf6+ 33.Kg2 Rd6 34.Qb5 Kg7 35.g4 Rfe6 36.Qxb4 Rd7 37.Qc4 Red6 38.Qf4 Rd4 39.Qg5+ Kh7 40.Qf5+ Kg7 41.g5 R7d5 42.Qf6+ Kg8 43.Qe7

Premium Chessgames Member

click for larger view

The game annotation gives 12. Bc4?, a question mark. Bc4 is clearly the best move - maybe even should be an ! move.

1) +4.14 (41 ply) 12.Bc4 Qe7 13.Re1 d5 14.Bb5+ c6 15.Nxc6 Qxe1+ 16.Bd2 bxc6 17.Bxc6+ Bd7 18.Bxd7+ Kxd7 19.Bxe1 Rac8+ 20.Kd3 Nc2 21.Bc3 Nxb4+ 22.Bxb4 axb4 23.Qxh7 Ke7 24.h4 Rg8 25.Qf5 Rc4 26.h5 f6 27.Qxd5 Rcg4 28.Qb7+ Ke6 29.Qb6+ Kf7 30.Qc7+ Kf8 31.h6 R4g6 32.Qc5+ Kf7 33.Qc4+ Ke7 34.Qxb4+ Kf7 35.Qc4+ Ke7 36.Qc7+ Ke6 37.b4 Rh8 38.b5 Rgxh6 39.b6 R6h7 40.Qc6+ Kf7 41.b7 Rd8+ 42.Kc4 Rhh8 43.Qc7+ Ke6 44.Kc5 Rhe8 45.g3 f5 46.Kc6 Kf6 47.Kb6 Re6+ 48.Kc5

2) +1.52 (40 ply) 12.bxa5 Rxa5 13.Nc4 Ra6 14.Bg5 f6 15.Be2 Qe7 16.Bh5+ Kd8 17.Qxe7+ Kxe7 18.Re1+ Re6 19.Be3 b5 20.Na3 Bb7 21.Rxa1 b4+ 22.Kxb4 Bxg2 23.Re1 d6 24.Rg1 Re5 25.Be2 Bd5 26.Kc3 Rg8 27.Rg3 h5 28.b4 h4 29.Rxg8 Bxg8 30.Nc4 Re4 31.Nd2 Re5 32.Nf3 Rh5 33.Nd4 Rh8 34.Nf5+ Kd7 35.Ng7 Bh7 36.Bd4 Ke7 37.Nh5 Rf8 38.Nf4 Bf5 39.Nd5+ Kd7

3) =0.00 (40 ply) 12.b3 Qe7 13.Bh6 Qxb4+ 14.Kb2 Nxb3 15.Qxf8+ Qxf8 16.Bxf8 Nd2 17.Bg7 Nxf1 18.Rxf1 d6 19.Nf3 Bf5 20.Nd4 Bd3 21.Rd1 Bc4 22.Kc3 b5 23.Rb1 Rb8 24.Nc6 Ra8 25.Nd4

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
from rochade18's favorite games by rochade18
7550's favorite games
by 7550
7.Qxg7!? leads to complications where no king is safe
from Charming Miniatures by syracrophy
from Grega's 3d coll by Grega
Games to analyse
by SwitchingQuylthulg
One of the wildest games out there
from Calar's favorite games by Calar
Four Knights: Scotch. Krause Gambit (C47)1-0 Tactical fireworks
from Youngbloods Like to Listen to Fredthebear by fredthebear
Four Knights: Scotch. Krause Gambit (C47)1-0 Tactical fireworks
from Not Duct Tape, Not Beer, Not Irish Either by fredthebear
from 1992 WYCC (open) U-18 by gauer
Games to analyse
by Jaredfchess
Four Knights: Scotch. Krause Gambit (C47)1-0 Tactical fireworks
from Attacks a2/a7, b2/b7 and c2/c7 ECO C by FTB by Del ToRo

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC