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Bayle vs Jean Martenot
corr (1981) (correspondence)
Englund Gambit Complex: Englund Gambit (A40)  ·  0-1



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  Sneaky: I've fallen for this trap TWICE ... never again.
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  Benzol: 8.♕xc3 ♕c1# is very nasty, so White must lose a rook with 8.♘xc3 ♕xa1+.
Dec-20-06  who: I played this exact game today. He similarly resigned on the 7th move. The 1.d4 e5?! isn't bad. I think the best response is 2.d5 and go for a Benoni. Otherwise, the tactical complications are too big and it seems like a waste to book up on something this rare.
Dec-21-06  who: Sorry. In my game white played 4.Bf4. Same idea though.
Jun-07-08  MUG: It's an easy trick to fall into as Whites moves seem so natural. Probably best is to return the pawn with 4.g6 (instead of Bf4 or Bg5) then after 4...Nxe5 5.Nxe5 Qxe5 Bg2 sound development with 7.0-0, 8.Nc3 and 9.Bf4 should give White a good game.

Whites last chance to save himself in the above game is to play 6.Nc3.

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  FSR: Either 5.Bd2 Qxb2 6.Nc3! (box) or 5.Nc3 Qxb2 6.Bd2 transposes to the main line. I wonder if the novelty 5.Nbd2 has any merit? Or 5.Nc3 Qxb2 6.Nd5!?
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  FSR: Expanding on my previous comment, I had the thought that White might be able to completely bust the Englund with 5.Nc3 Qxb2 (5...h6 6.Bc1!) 6.Nd5! (threatening mate in one!), e.g. 6...Bb4+ 7.Bd2! Bxd2+ 8.Nxd2 Qxe5 9.Nc4! and now Black is in big trouble after 9...Qe4 10.e3! or 9...Qd4 10.Nxc7+ Kd8 11.Qxd4! Nxd4 12.Nxa8 Nxc2+ 13.Kd2 Nxa1 14.Nd6! Nh6 15.e3 Ke7 16.Nb5.

Alas, Black can improve with the thematic 8...Nb4! threatening both ...Nxd5 and ...Nxc2+, winning White's queen. If 9.Nc4?! (9.Nxb4 Qxb4 is best), 9...Nxc2+ 10.Kd2 Qd4+! 11.Kxc2 Qxc4+ and Black escapes.

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