Saturday 13 June 2020

Nut Bag Openings

As someone who has played the Traxler all my life, you may think there is no line that can be drawn in terms of my opening choices. However, the Nakhmanson Gambit may just be that opening. There seems to be a renewed interest in the opening, due in part to some videos being posted on youtube, although it seems to have been played a number of years ago. The opening starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.Nc3?!?! If Black plays 6. ... dxc3 then 7.Bxf7 is the follow up. White is down two pieces but the idea is that exposed Black king is a target for the White queen.
However, if Black plays the correct move it isn't clear that there is enough compensation for White. Nonetheless, if Black is unprepared White does have a chance at scoring a brilliant win, as this game shows.

Chan,Wei Xuan Timothy (2264) - Sepp,Olav (2448) [C56]
WMSG Blitz Team 1st Beijing (9), 13.10.2008

1 comment:

Shane Lawson said...

Funny, but for the first time I have been receiving recommendations on YouTube about this opening gambit!