Friday, 4 July 2014

The Elephant Gambit

The Elephant Gambit is one of those openings which has the benefit (like the Latvian Gambit) of being almost guaranteed to appear once your opponent has played 1.e4. Of course it has the drawback of not necessarily being completely sound, but like any opening, specialist knowledge may make up for its shortcomings.
I'm not sure if the following game counts as a 'model' game in the opening, but it does demonstrate some of the key ideas (a lead in development and targets on the kingside in return for pawns). And the finish is quite good, as Maroczy tosses all his pieces bar his queen to engineer a checkmate.

Zambelly,K - Maroczy,Geza [C40]
corr, 1897

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