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Book review: Huebsch Gambit

  • FM FM_Eric_Schiller
  • | Jun 7, 2012
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  • | 33 comments

Gambit Hΰbsch Antidote  or Leurre?

Eric Jego

Collection savoir faire

May 2012

ISBN 978-2-9536013-2-9

$17.12 Euros from http://thebookedition.com/gambit-hubsch-antidote-ou-leurre--eric-jego-p-79387.html

As far as I know, this is the first book devoted exclusively to this gambit (1.d4 d5 2.Nc Nf6 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4). It is often considered a refuted line of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit via 1.d4 d5 2.e4) but the author argues that it is fully playable This book is well-researched, with the author even providing titles, rating, and whether the game is classical, rapid or correspondence for each game

Anyone wanting to play the gambit will want to get a copy right away, but others will first want to know if the opening is indeed playable. I review the theory of the main line below and while I find Black gaining a small advantage in some lines, I would agree that it is usable in amaur games.s

There are over 100 complete intelligentl annotated games. I haven’t yet mentioned that the book is in French, but I had no problems following the commentary though most of what I know of the language comes from watching Monty Python sketches. The research is complete, the author even hosts a website devoted to the BDG (http://gambit-blackmardiemer.perso.sfr.fr)..

In my encyclopedic Gambit Chess Openings I claimed that Black looks a bit better thought the gambit is not refuted and I still hold that position. The analysis below shows why. However, I would not discourage anyone from having some fun with it and give high marks to the author for his excellent work.



Comments


  • 2 years ago

    ejego

    This book is available in France only, but you can order directly with me. More details here http://gambit-blackmar-diemer.cabanova.fr/ or contact me at ejego@sfr.fr to organize shipping in Lusitania. Around some days in your home after payment.

  • 2 years ago

    Enigma07

    I want to ask can I buy your book in Lithuania ? Is it in Lithuania ?

  • 2 years ago

    ejego

    Dear Master

    It seems my english didn't success in explaining what I mean perfectly in french. I know you didn't tell it is the refutation. But french forums and some abroad forums too... yes ! And titled players too !

    I know you only indicate your analysed line is better for Black. I just show that White had to deviate earlier in this line to go in a better way. And my book shown it because I need to explain each line, and to conclude each chapter, seeing every possibility both for White and Black.

    Veresov is not a line I enter into. But I don't play too much, reason why I specialize myself on only few openings. BDG is considered dubious. Yes. Right. Results are good nethertheless. But high level is playing King's gambit, and it seems that this opening is worse. So, where is the truth ?

    Thanks for your explanation. But chess is deeply complex. And I am sure that agressive openings get much more interest than long known classic openings. So gambit, even dubious stay my goal for a long time.

  • 2 years ago

    FM FM_Eric_Schiller

    @ejego: you misunderstand. I did not say Huebsch refuted BDG, but rathe that Huebsch itself is considered as a line in the BDG complex considered refuted by most authorities. I don't claim it is refuted, but consider it dubius. And Tartakower claime dubious openings are "playable" I think there are more promising lines in the Veresov after 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 than 3.e4.

  • 2 years ago

    ejego

    Thank you for your expertise. I am sure of this !

    But I am surprised that the Hübsch supposed to be the BDG's refutation is not played as much as the classic BDG, by high level player - let's consider 2400.

    To me, I am convinced it is the best try to face a BDG. Because White is finally not also dynamic, don't have a so good initiative and have to manage a different plan certainly less easy.

    It is one of the reason why I am dubious about the reality of the refutation.

    It is often written that demonstrate a refutation is to accept the pawn's gambit. In the same line, why don't systematically enter a Hübsch to demonstrate that GBD is really refuted, if clealy bad for White ?

  • 2 years ago

    FM FM_Eric_Schiller

    Suspect openings can score well if tey are aggressive. Defense is harder than attack and one weak move can ruin your game. That's why when facing a superior opponent it is wrong to play it safe. Aggression brings more success.

  • 2 years ago

    ejego

    considered ... but not shown!

    Some lines are clearly "bad" for White, as Schiller's analysis... and some are "bad" for Black.

    As much as it is so wrong for White, statistics indicate good results for them, hight level player didn't often play the Hübsch but usually prefer a basic BDG... and basic player often loses.

    Can you explain ?

  • 2 years ago

    SuperCourgette

    see first lines of the article:

    As far as I know, this is the first book devoted exclusively to this gambit (1.d4 d5 2.Nc Nf6 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4). It is often considered a refuted line of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit via 1.d4 d5 2.e4)

  • 2 years ago

    IM dinesh501

    BUT this is called Gambit Blackmar-Diemer? 

  • 2 years ago

    night_queen

    hi

  • 2 years ago

    ejego

    To Alexlaw,

    Could you precise how it is clearly refuting. Do you mean that Black has equalized or that Black should win at the end ?

    I advise the pushing e5 and a4, and it is quite equal, no more for Black or White. Master Schiller is accurate with his line.

    But I would like to tell : there is a difference between refuting a line which leave her to a lost endgame and refuting a line which leave the message that White had nothing for the opening line.

    And it is why I ensure White must go another way in the Hübsch, by playing other moves appart sixth and seventh choosing in Schiller's Analysis. Please White, if you read me, give-up 6.c3 and if not, give-up absolutely 7.Ne2 !!! Otherwise you loose initiative and have nothing and you should declare Black wins the opening's variant battle. And this is not what you are searching for when you enter to a BDG, even if Black goes for a Hübsch !!!

  • 2 years ago

    ejego

    Dear Master,

    As mentionned on my analysis, I think playing 6.c3 and (if played) 7.Ne2 are not the better moves to make. It deserves white's goal according to me.

    But if played nethertheless, I advise to follow by a central pushing 10.d5 e5 11.a4 and I have to recognize that long castling would be very risquy to prepare if Black choose 9...Qh4.

    Again I repeat, as white, I won't play this line because your analysis is excellent and white still has nothing for the pawn.

  • 2 years ago

    SuperCourgette

    Explain why you are doubting and you won't be a troll anymore. It's an open discussion [didnt check it myself] :)

  • 2 years ago

    FM FM_Eric_Schiller

    This is your idea.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What do you do on 9...Qh4!

  • 2 years ago

    Rook98

    check out my youtube chess channel @ http://www.youtube.com/user/andrewchessruff

  • 2 years ago

    ejego

    Hi Everybody

    Eric Schiller made me the pleasure to review my book. So I would like to prevent that I am all right with his previous comments... but I am sure that there is a better way to follow as white. Check my analysis. More details in my book :)

    Thanks to SuperCourgette for correcting my BDG link http://gambit-blackmar-diemer.perso.sfr.fr/index.php , to ksideras to precise that this topic is dedicated to the Hubsch gambit, to unknown222 for the sunny comment, and Eric Schiller to the time given for me !!!

     
  • 2 years ago

    MoonB4Sunrise

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  • 2 years ago

    MoonB4Sunrise

    @ spades777

    Forcing Chess Moves, by Charles Hertan, 2008 New in Chess,

    is a very good tactic book!

    http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review637.pdf

  • 2 years ago

    ksideras

    I don't know why an article about an opening book has genereted a discussion on tactics but here are my 2 cents: http://www.chesstactics.org/ (Ward Farnsworth's Predator at the chessboard) is a exellent introduction into the different kinds of tactics with increasing order of complexity. Very systematic work that help's you understand "when" to look for tactics (i.e. uncoordinated pieces, unprotected squares...). Really ment for begginers to intermediate players. For the best training possible however I cannot imagine anything better that tactics trainer here in good old chess.com. The format is just the best out there.

  • 2 years ago

    loeksnokes

    @supercourgette The english translation "The art of the checkmate" is one of my favourite chessbooks.

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