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Earl Cravens vs Klaus Kluge
Trio 190 email (1996) (correspondence), IECC email
Elephant Gambit: General (C40)  ·  0-1



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  whiteshark: <5.Nf3??> w-teh-fook?
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  fredthebear: <whiteshark: <5.Nf3??> w-teh-fook?>

If memory serves correctly, that 5.Nf3?? move was once played on Gilligan's Island, but it dates back to the Barnum and Bailey Circus. I think they now call it the Elephant Gambit White Knight Countergambit of the South Pacific warehouse in Hollywood. Apparently no Black player has ever tried the declined variation.

It's been awhile so my memory might not be entirely factually correct on the matter. Perhaps Tiny Tim, Tim Harding, Bill Wall, Stefan Bucker, Bob Uecker, Bob Hope or the Professor can shed more light on this.

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  wwall: An email game. Clearly, White wrote the wrong move down. He wrote 5.N-B3 (probably written in elefont) and Black assumed it was 5.Nf3 instead of 5.Nc3. Anyway, the losing move is 7.h3? (this move is irrelephant) as the proper way to play the Elephant Gambit White Knight Countergambit is 7.Bg5. See my 500 Elephant Gambit Miniatures, found in the trunk of every chess book dealer. However, elephants really don't play chess. they play squash.

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