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Can you show us how the mackenzie gambit starts with a chess diagram?
Morphy Defense the Mackenzie Variation was demonstrated in 1973 in a game of Garry Kasparov vs. Shorat Muratkuliev, 1. e4 , e5 2. Nf3 , Nc6 3. Bb5 , a6
4. Ba4 , Nf6 5. d4 , exd4 5. d4 , exd4 6. e5 , Ne4 7. 0-0 , Be7
Mackenzie Variation for black leaves lots of possibilities for control of the center.
Lots of experienced players gain from a good gambit, giving a pawn , or more, to gain position, nothing like a good sacrifice as long as it achieves its goal.
Interesting views, todays gm s do not have the style of the old gm s . The games tempo and attack strategy are different.
The importance of getting a good opening can not be denied.
The Ruy Lopez opening is seen at top levels of play.
Its good to see e4 openings still popular in play at top tournaments.
Difficult to improve old ideas.
Although it is named after Mackenzie, 5.d4 was played by Morphy, Anderssen, Bird, and others before George Mackenzie started playing it. Here is one of Mackenzie's games.
I have also played 5.d4 many times, with excellent results, but no more.
If Black knows what he is doing (8...0-0), white must work hard to equalize.
So pfren , no more of d4 on 5th move, I am cautious on gambits very often.
Yes Bill you must be another fan of MacKenzie, his style and sharp play.
The move d4 I dont believe is the Variation it is the advance of the e pawn that sacrifice of the d4.
So many openings played for years still being used in tournaments today.
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