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Yury Shulman vs Robert Hess
"Crazy Like a Foxwoods" (game of the day Mar-29-2008)
Foxwoods Open (2008), Connecticut, rd 6, Mar-22
King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense (C34)  ·  1-0



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Mar-28-08  t3hPolak: This is probably one of my favorite KGA games ever.
Mar-29-08  KholdStare: Wow, Yury for the win.
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  al wazir: 26...Bh3 would have given black a better game. If 27. gxh3, then 27...Rxg1. If 27. Nf3, then 27...Rxg2+, winning the ♕. If 27. Bf1, then I think the continuation would be 27...Qb6 28. Nf3 Qg6 29. gxh3 Rxf3+ 30. Rxf3 Qxg1+.
Mar-29-08  grasser: <al wazir> Why do you feel white has to back the Knight up? After 26...Bh3 27.Bf1, Qb6
28.Rxf7 seems solid enough.
Mar-29-08  Turbo.Abraham: I hate facing the King's Gambit as black. I know that the theory favours black, but I dont know the theory. I love the feeling of advantage but not knowing what to do with it. As for the subsequent losing to tactical fireworks, I cant say the same.
Mar-29-08  MostlyAverageJoe: <al wazir: 26...Bh3 would have given black a better game>

Consider this response: 27. Rxf7 Rxg2+ 28. Rxg2 Rxg2+ 29. Ke1 (moves effectively forced after white plays Rxf7):

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Now black can take the Q, but white will win it right back:

29. ... Rxd2 30. Rf8+ Qd8 31. Rxd8+ Kxd8 32. Kxd2

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and white ends up with extra pawn, a threat of winning another one by Nf7+, and more active king.

This said, the rapid forced exchange leaves little chance for mistakes (for players > 2400), so perhaps indeed black would've been better off here :-)

Mar-29-08  sallom89: sick...
Mar-29-08  takchess: RE: I know that the theory favours black

Do we actually know this to be true ? Or is this the next opening soon be revived at the highest level?

As Jaenisch said "The Kings Gambit is a monument to human ingenuity"

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  Phony Benoni: <takchess: As Jaenisch said "The King's Gambit is a monument to human ingenuity".>

That is not necessarily a compliment

Mar-29-08  jovack: really nice game
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  playground player: I've been playing the King's Gambit lately. I have a lot to learn about it! This game here doesn't look much like the classic KG Accepted games of the 19th century--but it does indicate there's still plenty of life left in this ancient opening. And plenty of fun, too.
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  al wazir: <grasser, MAJ>: There's a lot in what you say.
Mar-29-08  alayo: I thought that 25...Rg4 was better for black than 25...Rg3, which did not really do anything for black's position, whereas 25...Rg4 would open up the queen's access to the g3 square.
Mar-29-08  takchess: Games Like Y Shulman vs R Hess, 2008

White has fairly good success with this line which is discussed in Gallaghers winning with the King's Gambit.

Mar-29-08  Poisonpawns: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 = and easy to play
Mar-29-08  ajile: <takchess: RE: I know that the theory favours black

Do we actually know this to be true ? Or is this the next opening soon be revived at the highest level?

As Jaenisch said "The Kings Gambit is a monument to human ingenuity">

Bobby Fischer claimed he had busted the King's Gambit with his d6 line.

1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf5 3.Nf3 d6

Also the Falkbeer Counter Gambit with ..d5 is thought to equalize easily also.

1 e4 e5 2 f4 d5

Some info on the KGA:

Mar-29-08  vuchamchi: can someone plz explain why black resigned here?
Mar-29-08  zoat22: he resigned cuz he is down 3 pawns
Mar-29-08  screwdriver: Black is down 3 pawns and he really has no counter shots. White is threatening NH7 forking the rook on f8 and the queen on F6.
Mar-30-08  takchess: Interesting to note that Shulman playing the King's Gambit in this Database is 13-1-8 with the only loss coming to a kings gambit declined.
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  kevin86: A strange opening with an ironic finish.

Black's bizarre series of pawn sacs expose white's king,but he never found a way to attack it. At the finish,he found himself three pawns down and out of hope.

Strange:the endgame seemed to start at move one.

Feb-25-09  WhiteRook48: what's the point of 8...f2+?
Jun-03-09  RonB52734: <what's the point of 8...f2+?>

To my amateur eye, if White takes the f2 pawn with the Queen, Black can trade off DSBs and regain the pawn advantage. If White takes with the King, obviously, the White King is exposed and loses the opportunity to castle. Alternatively, if Black leaves the pawn on f3, he stands to lose it.

So it's like the old adage: the best answer to the question "Why did you make that move?" is "because it was the best of the alternatives."

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