I just love that Halloween style!

I just love that Halloween style!

Jun 21, 2017, 5:04 PM |

Here's a quick game in the Halloween gambit where black makes a common inaccuracy that I was able to capitalize on thanks to my preparation!


1. e4 e5

2. Nf3 Nc6

3. Nc3 Nf6

4. Nxe5?!



My favorite dubious gambit begins.


4. ... Nxe5
5. d4 Ng6

6. e5 Ng8

7. Bc4 Be7??



The standard move for black here is Bb4!! which is considered to be the mainline and possibly the Achilles heel of the entire line.



Then black is doing alright after 8. Qf3 Bxc3 9. bxc3 Qe7



Notice that it is very difficult for white to find compensation for the gambit (although I've had some success with both 10. a4 and 10. 0-0)


8. Qf3 f6

9. Qd5!!




Now it looks like black is ruined. There is one try to save the game.


9. ... d6


Opening a path for the king to escape.


10. Qf7+ Kd7

11. e6!




Recently I made the mistake of playing 11. Be6? in this position which allowed black to slip away and he eventually was able to drum up counter play and score a win against me. This loss allowed me to find the better move e6! and the subsequent ending to follow!


11. ... Kc6

12. d5+



12. b4 is not awful, but d5+ is much better leading to a very neat mating idea. Now white will trap the king on the queenside where none of his pieces can help him.


12. ... Kc5

13. Be2 Nf4??



Unfortunately black didn't have anything better. Now it's a forced mate in 3.


14. Be3+ Kb4

15. a3+ Ka5

16. b4#




To learn more about this very fun (and seriously dubious) gambit download the pdf by Paul Keiser at: http://www.zimbeckchess.com/UON13HalloweenGambit.pdf


I have a lot of fun and success playing this in blitz formats against unsuspecting and unprepared opponents! Seriously, give it a shot!