Rare Systems of the King's Gambit Accepted

Jul 25, 2014, 12:47 AM |

Rare systems in the King's Gambit Accepted

This blog entry (translated by myself to English from the blog of Chess.com user: Matematikisto, attempts to transcribe a book by Paul Keres. I will use green font to add comments by Matematikisto. I apologize for any mistranslations or misunderstandings.

After the moves 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4, White still has other possibilities besides 3.Nf3 and 3.Bc4 , possibilities that are played quite rarely, so I'll just mention them quickly.


 Part 1

3.Be2 d5

Here are other posibilities:

Following the main line:



Part 2



A continuation Breyer recommended, but due to Maróczy's analysis has almost disappeared from common practise. Breyer's idea is discussed in the following variation. 


Where White gets in return for his sacrificed material a pressuring position. Less strong is 3...d4 because of:
And now Black, with 10...Bf5 11.Nxf4 a6, could gain an advantage:

3...Nc6 4.c3

Responding as Black against White's 4.Ne2, you could get a nice game with 4...d5, but relatively better and recommended by Tartakower is that White plays 4.Qxf4. For example:

This line with pawn captures has many possibilities, but Keres decided to be faithful and review these possibilities briefly.

Black is better, as shown in the following examples:

Part 3


An old continuation analogous to the Steinitz Gambit, which, thirty or forty years ago (taking into account that this book was written in 1968 -- Keres talks about the early 30's) was often used by the distance player Willemson, a resident of Pärnu.
It had to be taken seriously, but it's not free from objections.
It is also not recommending another attempt at the Gambit (Pay attention to this line because it is not uncommon to find in fast games online.)

However, the move in the previous game: 9.dxc5 was later refuted, as pointed out by chess.com user: Hadron, and shown in the following game. Thank you!
Here is the variation:

Returning to 3.Nc3

This sacrifice, rich in prospects, is not the only good continuation for Black, as shown by the following variants:


We return to the sacrifice variation of Nc6

Now it is difficult to counter the threat 9...Nxf3 10.gxf3 Bxf3+ 11.Kxf3 Qh5+ winning the queen.

The end.