Thursday, 16 May 2013

The end of a variation

I've been having a look at the Boden-Kieseritzky Gambit, and I am wondering if it is all over for this variation. The Gambit starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nxe4 5.O-O It can also arise after 4.O-O Nxe4 5.Nc3, while 5.Nxe4 is met by the 'fork trick' of 5. ... d5.
After 5. ... Nxc3 6.dxc3 Black has to worry about Ng5 ideas, and normally defends with 6. ... f6. This is the line given in most books I've read, but an overlooked possibility is 6. ... h6 It obviously prevents Ng5, but does allow White some other tricks. One of them is the immediate capture on e5 with 7. Nxe5 Nxe5 8.Re1 It looks as though Black must return the piece, but after 8. ... Qe7! 9.f4 Nxc4 Black surrenders his Queen in return for a rook and two bits. In the only game I have found using this line, this was more than enough for Black, who went on to win quite quickly.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with 7.Qd5? At worst White gets his pawn back after 7...Qe7 8.Re1 d6 9.Nd4 Bd7 10.Bb5 Nxd4 11.Bxd7+ Qxd7 12.cxd4