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1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.O-O O-O 9.Qe2 Ne4

6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.O-O O-O 9.Qe2 Ne4

10.Bd3 is a Great Gambit 10.Bd3 Bxc3 11.bxc3 Nxc3!!! 12.Qc2 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Nd5

  • This is where the Gambit shows its power
  • Blacks Knight at d5 can be booted by the mobile center dual.
  • Whites knight can come into e5.
  • White bishop menaces from a3.
  • And Blacks c pawn is menaced by Whites Rooks.
  • 10.Bd3 Bxc3 11.bxc3 Nxc3!!! 12.Qc2 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Nd

    If 14.Ba3! Re8 15.Rab1 Qc7

    If 14.Ba3! Re8 15.Rab1 Qc7

    See Game1 below

    [Event "?"] [Site "Buenos Aires ch-ARG"] [Date "1947.??.??"] [White "Sanguinetti,Renato"] [Black "Corte"] [Round "17"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D19"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O O-O 9. Qe2 Ne4 10. Bd3 Bxc3 11. bxc3 Nxc3 12. Qc2 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 Nd5 14. Ba3 Re8 15. Rab1 Qc7 16. Qb3 b6 17. Rfc1 Nd7 18. e4 N5f6 19. e5 Nd5 20. Bd6 Qb7 21. Qc2 h6 22. Qxc6 Qxc6 23. Rxc6 Rac8 24. Rbc1 Rxc6 25. Rxc6 Nf8 26. g3 Ng6 27. Kf1 Nge7 28. Bxe7 Rxe7 29. Rc8+ Kh7 30. Nd2 Rc7 31. Rxc7 Nxc7 32. Ke2 Kg6 33. Ne4 Nd5 34. Kd3 f6 35. Nd6 a6 36. Kc4 Kh7 37. f4 Kg8 38. a5 bxa5 39. f5 Ne3+ 40. Kc5 a4 41. fxe6 Kf8 42. exf6 gxf6 43. Ne4 1/2-1/2

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    if 14. Rb1 a5

    14. Rb1 a5

    [Event "zt 1.1"] [Site "Mondariz ESP"] [Date "2000.??.??"] [White "Van Wely,L"] [Black "San Segundo Carrillo,P"] [Round "3"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2643"] [BlackElo "2500"] [ECO "D19"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O O-O 9. Qe2 Ne4 10. Bd3 Bxc3 11. bxc3 Nxc3 12. Qc2 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 Nd5 14. Rb1 a5 15. Rxb7 Na6 16. Rb1 c5 17. Bb2 Nab4 18. Qe2 cxd4 19. Nxd4 Qd7 20. e4 Nf6 21. Rfd1 Qxa4 22. Ra1 Qe8 23. Ra3 Qe7 24. Rg3 Rfd8 25. h4 Rac8 26. Ra1 Rc5 27. Raa3 Nh5 28. Rg4 g6 29. Qe3 Qc7 30. Rg5 Nc2 31. Nxc2 Rxc2 32. Be5 Qc5 33. Qxc5 Rxc5 34. Bc3 f5 35. exf5 exf5 36. Bxa5 Ra8 37. Bb4 Rc1+ 38. Kh2 Rxa3 39. Bxa3 Rc2 40. g4 fxg4 41. Rxg4 Rxf2+ 42. Kg1 Ra2 43. Bd6 Kf7 44. Rb4 Ke6 45. Bc5 Kf5 46. Rb7 Rc2 47. Ba7 Kg4 48. Rxh7 Ng3 49. Bb8 Kh3 50. Bxg3 Kxg3 51. Kf1 1/2-1/2

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  • You don't have to take the pawn right away
  • You could also play it 15. Ba3 Nb4 16. Bxb4 as game below
  • [Event "?"] [Site "Rio de Janeiro"] [Date "1979.??.??"] [White "Ivkov,Borislav"] [Black "Hebert,Jean"] [Round "2"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D19"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O O-O 9. Qe2 Ne4 10. Bd3 Bxc3 11. bxc3 Nxc3 12. Qc2 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 Nd5 14. Rb1 a5 15. Ba3 Nb4 16. Bxb4 axb4 17. Rxb4 Na6 18. Rb3 Ra7 19. Rfb1 h6 20. Qc3 Qc7 21. Qb2 Rb8 22. h4 c5 23. Rb5 cxd4 24. Qxd4 Raa8 25. Ne5 Rd8 26. Qc4 Qxc4 27. Nxc4 Rac8 28. Ne5 Nc5 29. a5 Rd5 30. Nf3 Rcd8 31. Nd4 g6 32. Rc1 Nd3 33. Rd1 Rxb5 34. Nxb5 e5 35. Nc3 Kf8 36. Kf1 Ke7 37. Ke2 Nc5 38. Nd5+ Kf8 39. Nb6 Rxd1 40. Kxd1 Ke7 41. f3 1/2-1/2

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    14...g6 15.Ba3 Re8 16.Rfc1

    14...g6 15.Ba3 Re8 16.Rfc1

  • 16...Nf6 vacates the d5 square for the queen to protect the c pawn
  • If 16...Nf6!? 17.Ne5 Qd5
  • If 16...Nf6!? 17.Ne5 Qd5

    See Game below

    [Event "?"] [Site "Buenos Aires ol"] [Date "1939.??.??"] [White "Rotunno,E"] [Black "Petrov,V"] [Round "1"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A46"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O O-O 9. Qe2 Ne4 10. Bd3 Bxc3 11. bxc3 Nxc3 12. Qc2 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 Nd5 14. Ba3 Re8 15. Rab1 b6 16. Rfc1 Nf6 17. Ne5 Qd5 18. Qc3 Ne4 19. Qb2 f6 20. Nc4 Rd8 21. f3 Ng5 22. Qe2 Nf7 23. Rd1 Nd7 24. e4 Qh5 25. Ne3 c5 26. Qc4 cxd4 27. Rxd4 Nc5 28. Bxc5 Qxc5 29. Qxc5 bxc5 30. Rc4 Rd3 31. Ng4 h5 32. Nf2 Ra3 33. Rxc5 Rxa4 34. Nd3 e5 35. Rc7 Nd6 36. Rd7 Ne8 37. Nc5 Rc4 38. Ne6 a5 39. Rbb7 Rb4 40. Ra7 Rxa7 41. Rxa7 Rb6 42. Re7 Rb8 43. Ra7 Rb6 44. Re7 Rb8 45. Ra7 a4 46. h3 g5 47. Rxa4 Kf7 48. Nc5 Rb1+ 49. Kf2 Rb2+ 50. Kg1 Ng7 51. Ra7+ Kg8 52. Ra8+ Kh7 53. Ra7 Kg8 54. Ra8+ Kf7 55. Ra7+ Kg8 56. Ra8+ Kh7 57. Ra7 1/2-1/2

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    If 16...f6 17.e4 Nf4 18.Qe3 Ng6 19.h4 then I like 19..Nh8!! as opposes to 19...h5
  • I give both types of games below
  • If 16...f6 17.e4 Nf4 18.Qe3 Ng6 19.h4 Nh8!!
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    Nh8!! is cooler then 19..h5 see game below

    [Event "?"] [Site "Tbilisi"] [Date "1978.??.??"] [White "Polugaevsky,Lev"] [Black "Romanishin,Oleg"] [Round "7"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D02"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 dxc4 4. Nc3 c6 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O O-O 9. Qe2 Ne4 10. Bd3 Bxc3 11. bxc3 Nxc3 12. Qc2 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 Nd5 14. Rb1 b6 15. Ba3 Re8 16. Rfc1 f6 17. e4 Nf4 18. Qe3 Ng6 19. h4 h5 20. e5 f5 21. Bd6 Nh8 22. Ng5 Nf7 23. Nxf7 Kxf7 24. Qf4 Kg8 25. Rb3 Qd7 26. Rg3 Na6 27. Qh6 c5 28. Rcc3 Rad8 29. Rxg7+ Qxg7 30. Rg3 Rd7 31. Rxg7+ Rxg7 32. Qxh5 Rd8 33. Qh6 Re8 34. d5 exd5 35. e6 Nc7 36. e7 Rexe7 37. Bxe7 Rxe7 38. Qg5+ Kf8 39. h5 c4 40. h6 c3 41. Qf6+ 1-0

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    if 19... h5 20.e5! f5?? is wrong because of 21.Bd6

    19... h5 20.e5! f5?? is wrong because of 21.Bd6

    Black does not want this position see game below

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      Modern theory favors 16...a5!!

    16...a5!!

  • If white tries to boot the knight it goes to b4
  • 17.e4 Nb4 18.Bxb4 axb4 19.Rxb4 c5!!!

    17.e4 Nb4 18.Bxb4 axb4 19.Rxb4 c5

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    But if 17.Ne5 (then 17... Qc7!!!is best)
    17...Nb4 is wrong

    But if 17.Ne5 Qc7!

    17...Nb4 as here has problem see below

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    16...a5 17. Ne5 Qc7 18. e4 Nb4 19. Bxb4 axb4 20.Rxb4 c5

    21.Qb5 has some complications as in game below

    21.Qb5 has some complications

    in game below

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    21.Qb1 may be a stronger as in game below

    21.Qb1 may be a strong

    See beloe

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