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Antony Rode vs Kim Pilgaard
Cappelle-la-Grande Open (2003), Cappelle-la-Grande FRA, rd 5, Feb-25
Danish Gambit: Accepted. Schlechter Defense (C21)  ·  0-1



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Mar-28-04  ruylopez900: Nice game. Too bad Black was 400+ pts on White. I'm looking for a Danish Gambit game with roughly even players to check out its merits. 10.Nh3 seems suspect to me, 10.Nge2 seems better.
Mar-28-04  iron maiden: RL900, if you ever find a Danish Gambit with even players, let me know; I'm looking into it these days too.
Jul-12-04  patzer2: White seems to have missed a theoretical chance to equalize with 7. Bxf7+!? Play could continue 7...Kxf7 8. Qxd8 Bb4+ 9. Qd2 Bxd2+ 10. Nxd2 Re8 with equality, per Kasparov and Keene in BCO.
Jul-13-04  acirce: If White has to look for ways to equalize in move 7, what does that tell about the opening?
Jul-13-04  patzer2: As with most gambits, the Danish (Scandinavian) is risky and speculative. Against a well prepared opponent, White does well to achieve equality with it.
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  tpstar: Point of order. The Danish Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. d4 ed 3. c3) springs directly from the Center Game. The Scandinavian Opening (1. e4 d5) is also known as the Center Counter. Here's one sound defensive strategy = J Mieses vs Chigorin, 1902
Jul-15-04  patzer2: <tpstar> With your excellent suggestion here and the three alternative plans pointed out in the posts at Srnivas vs Ravikumar, 1984, it appears Black has at least four good plans for winning against the Danish.

Thanks for the point of order. I stand corrected that the Scandinavian or Centre Counter (1.e4 d5 2. exd5) is not the Danish (1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 or 1. d4 e5 2. e4 exd4 3. c3) or the Centre Game (1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Qxd4 or 1. d4 e5 2. e4 exd4 3. Qxd4).

Note that an interesting option when faced with the Scandinavian or Centre Counter is to offer the Blackmar Diemar Gambit to the second player with 1. e4 d5 2. d4 dxe4 (2...e6 -- French or 2...c6 -- Caro Khan or 2...e3 QGD) 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3). One pretty example of the wild tactics available to White in the Blackmar Diemar is E J Diemer vs J Kotek, 1956. However, be forewarned that Black has scored well in recent years as theory has advanced in the second player's play in this opening, as for example in B Schuman vs D Gurevich, 1993 and Dominguez Rodriguez,R vs D Komljenovic, 2002.

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