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Gambiteers gazette


Issue 1, February 2014

Welcome gambiteers

Hello to all Gambiteers, and welcome to The Gambit Players (TGP). TGP is a place to Unite, Explore, Learn, Progress, and Educate.

• We Unite by getting together on forums, matches, vote chess, and by simply saying hello •

• We Explore by trying out new things in our games and searching around on what people have said previously in forums to see what this group has to offer •

• We Learn by trying new things, conversing with each other, accepting when we make mistakes, and trying something new again •

• We Progress by not giving up in what we do, not giving up on others who wish to learn from us, and sharing our experiences and knowledge with each other •

Table of contents

Welcoming Overview

Members please participation

New Admins

House Rules

History of Ghulam-Kassim Gambit

Ghulam-Kassim Gambit explored

Puzzles (Ghulam –Kassim Gambit)

History of Staunton Gambit

Staunton Gambit explored

Puzzles (Staunton Gambit)




Eager to join the fun, and support the group?

Check out these pages regularly for games/matches to join

Team matches in progress and to join:



These matches are regularly looking for eager Gambiteers to support the team, and this is an excellent chance for players to try out and learn about gambits, for we regularly have new thematic matches to join in on. Also, the occasional 960 match for those who really like testing their game theory knowledge/instinct and rely less on traditional openings.


Vote chess games to join:



Take this opportunity to play side by side with your fellow Gambiteers against other teams, to test our knowledge, skill, and innovative problem solving to achieve victory while learning and bonding as a team. Talk through every move and see why our wonderful teamwork has placed TGP with the Vote Chess ranking in the top 50!



New logo

This Newspaper is in need of a logo (a picture or symbol) to represent both the paper and TGP. Please send in your ideas for a newspaper logo either in this forum or to Phantomjester. The logo Ideas will appear in the next edition of the Gambiteers Gazette.

Rules for logo entries:

Nothing inappropriate

(That includes sexual, graphic, foul language, etc. If you’re unsure if it is allowed send it to Phantomjester instead of posting it in the forums and we the admins will decide)

Nothing Illegal or copyrighted


Voting on next month’s gambit


This is the forum to vote on the gambit of the month for March, so hurry up before the votes are tallied. If you have a gambit you would like to do, we encourage you to do it J



Hello, just call me VP for short. I play Vote chess, and the openings I specialized myself in are: Najdorf (mostly with black), Morra-Gambit (with white), Alapin (as black against the morra), Nyezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack, Canal Attack and the Ruy Lopez for 1.e4. Nimzo-Indian and Queens-Indian for 1.d4. I have played OTB for about 15 years and participated at a few tournaments, and managed to have a little trophy-collection of 5. I actively play only the Morra-Gambit among all gambits, so ask ahead if you got any questions regarding it. See you guys and gals around :)



Hi, my name is Alex.  You can find me in most of  The G@mbit Pl@yers vote chess games.  I'm particularly interested in fairly new gambits: the Sicilian Najdorf Perenyi, Semi-Slav Botvinnik, Semi-Slav Shabalov, etc.  I have a big collection of chess books, so if you have any questions about theory, feel free to ask away.



Hello world, my name is Chris. I enjoy playing chess for the sake of having fun and learning. Aside from reading a beginners book on the rules of chess when I was little, I've never really studied the game. I became a member of TGP to improve upon my knowledge of chess and to fix my biggest weakness (openings). You may occasionally see me making comments on the vote chess games, I tend to spend far too much time contemplating the moves not considered as much, to learn why not, or in the rare cases to suggest them when I cannot find the faults in such moves. I hope to be able to bring a wonderful newspaper so everyone in the group can learn together and grow closer. I like trying new things and being silly, so I hope we can laugh and learn together as a chess community :)



We ask that everyone please respect and accommodate to our group’s rules so we can all have an enjoyable experience:

• Be respectful to everyones opinions. Disagreements are what allow us to learn and understand things from perspectives other than our own.

• In vote chess, please hold your votes for the next move to make until there are only 12 hours left or until the captains call, unless there is only one legal move to make. By doing this we can be a team united, and debate the merits and flaws of each move everyone is hoping to make. This also gives everyone a chance to study the board and study the suggestions everyone is making, the game is afterall more fun when we are all learning.

• In team matches, please play your games. We are both a team that has fun and competes to be the best, so our team is only being hurt when our members don’t make a move and get timed out. (We don’t want to give our opponents free points). Also, that spot in the team match could have been seated by a member that did want to play.

• Don’t be afraid to speak. We love it when our members join in on the conversations in the forums or start their own topics, and the more people that join in, the better the conversationsJ And please state your opinions on what to make the next gambit of the month.

Helpful information

To our actively participating members, if you have yet to notice, the gambit of the month occurs not only in our vote chess games but is also in our team matches. It is not a bad idea to learn from the VC games and apply that knowledge to your matches, and to take that first hand expeirence from the matches and help out the conversations in the VC games.


HISTORY (Ghulam-Kassim Gambit)

There unfortunately is not much known about the creator of the Ghulam Kassim Gambit, but there was a bit about his chess life. From a translated wikipedia page, “The Indian master took a leading position in a correspondence match between the chess clubs of the cities Madras and Hyderabad in part. Die Partien wurden in den Jahren 1828 und 1829 gespielt und beide von Madras gewonnen. The games were played in 1828 and 1829 and won both of Madras. Sie zählen zu den frühesten Fernschachpartien überhaupt und sind ferner die ältesten notierten Partien aus Indien. They are among the earliest correspondence games ever and are also the oldest recorded games from India.

An der Seite Ghulam Kassims, der die Partien für Madras leitete, stritt James Cochrane (um 1770–1830), ein Angestellter des Madras Civil Service . On the side Ghulam Kassim, who ran the games for Madras, argued James Cochrane (around 1770-1830), an employee of the Madras Civil Service . Der Letztgenannte wurde oft mit dem britischen Meister John Cochrane verwechselt, der sich zufällig zu der gleichen Zeit in Indien aufhielt. The latter was often with the British champion John Cochrane confused, who happened to be in India at the same time.

Ghulam Kassim und James Cochrane veröffentlichten 1829 ein 63seitiges Buch unter dem Titel „Analysis of the Muzio Gambit, and Match of two Games at Chess, played between Madras and Hyderabad“. Ghulam Kassim and James Cochrane published 1829 63seitiges book entitled "Analysis of the Muzio Gambit, and match of two games at Chess, played in between Madras and Hyderabad." Dieser Band umfasste die kommentierten Fernpartien und einige Eröffnungsvarianten , enthielt vor allem jedoch eine ausführliche Analyse zum Muzio-Gambit . This volume included the annotated remote lots and some opening variations , mainly contained, however, a detailed analysis of the Muzio Gambit . Diese Publikation wird vielfach als erste Eröffnungsmonographie der Schachliteratur angesehen. This publication is often the first opening monograph of chess literature considered. Der Name von Ghulam Kassim wird an erster Stelle als Autor genannt. [1] The name of Ghulam Kassim is called in the first place as an author.“


The king’s Gambit accepted: ghulam kassim gambit (our gambit of february)


Don’t forget to join the VC game with this, the King's Gambit Accepted: Ghulam Kassim Gambit, our decided gambit of this month.

The King’s Gambit Accepted

The first part of this gambit is the Kings gambit accepted form. This gambit is in addition to the kings gambit, allowing the black pawns to push even further. This gambit is an alternative to the Muzio-gambit, that allows for a better response to counter attacking the advanced pawns.


The purpose of this risky gambit is to give white a strong central control. It allows white to develop quickly on the kings side while making the black King’s side development dificult. Because the nature of the gambit almost guarantees the loss of the knight, this is not a gambit that should be followed through with defensive or passive moves.

The Ghulam Kassim Gambit

When playing Ghulam Kassim Gambit, the keys to the game are;

• Strong relentless offense (your down a knight so you can’t relax)

• Keeping the black king from castling queen’s side (once they get their king protected, the early disadvantage becomes an even bigger problem for you)

• White plays d5 to allow for a full assult. (this opens the path for the dark squared bishop, we already freed the other bishop, the queen can move and if we castle, a common move, we also have the rook)

• Never forget that your king is in a very tight spot, don’t give your opponent a chance to exploit that.

• Black will usually take the knight, hoping to pin or pressure the king. (that makes our position tricky, though that can be an advantage, when you know what your opponent is planning to do, planning for it is all the easier)

• Furthermore, Black will often play to keep those advanced pawns active, planning to use them to end the game or apply pressure.


PUZZLES (Involving the Ghulam-Kassim Gambit)

These are games that give depth to the potential of the Ghulam-Kassim Gambit, and why we who are The Gambit Players, picked this for the Gambit of the month.


It is easy to see the fast pace attack that white is giving to either A) get a checkmate or B) take out blacks pieces. This is the style of play necessary to make an effective use of the Ghulam Kassim Gambit.


In this game black is so underdeveloped that most of their back rank pieces never move. Though their king moves a lot which is good for white in that the king became unable to castle and therefore was very exposed to whites developed pieces.


2 other common strategies are to sacrife the bishop for the f7 pawn and force the black King out, as well as use the center pawns to attck pieces that are trying to protect the king.


Even though white put up a strong offense, black kept up the defense until white gave up seeing the black king thoroughly safe and white being without a queen.





HISTORY (Stuanton Gambit)

STAUNTON, HOWARD (1810-1874), chess-player and editor of Shakespeare, born in 1810, was reputed to be the natural son  of Frederick Howard, fifth earl of Carlisle [q.v.l He was neglected in youth, and received little or no education. He is said to have  spent some time at Oxford, but was never a member of the university. On coming of age he received a few thousand pounds  under his father's will. This money he rapidly spent. He was devoted to the stage, and claimed to have acted in his early days  Lorenzo to the Shylock of Edmund Kean. When thrown upon his own resources, he sought a livelihood from his pen. The main  subjects of his literary labours were chess and the Shakespearean drama.


Staunton played chess from an early age and soon acquired a skill in the game which has not been equalled by any British-born  player. Alexander Macdonnell (1798-183.')) q. v.], who could alone be regarded as his rival, is now regarded as his interior by  competent critics. For some twenty years a great part of Staunton's time was spent in playing the game and in writing upon it.  From 1836 he frequented the Divan, Huttmann's, and other public chess resorts. Four years later he first became known as a  player of distinction, and between 1840 and 1851 he made his reputation. During 1841 and 1842 he engaged in a long series  of matches with Cochrane, and in the majority was victorious. A match at Paris with the champion of Europe, St. Amant,  followed in 1843, and Staunton's victory gave him a world-wide fame as a chess-player. Carl Meier, among others, published an  account of this engagement (Zurich, 1843). In 1846 Staunton defeated the German players Horwitz and Harrwitz. An account of  his match with Mr. Lowe in 1848 was published by T. Beeby. In 1851 his powers showed signs of decay, and in the great  international tournament of that year he was beaten by Anderssen and by Williams; to the latter he had given odds not long  before. In 1852 he met one of the greatest players of any period, Baron von Heydebrand und der Lasa of Berlin, and was  defeated by a small number of games. He rarely played in public matches again. George Walker, a rigorous critic, credited  Staunton's play with 'brilliancy of imagination, thirst for invention, judgment for position, eminent view of the board, and untiring  patience.'


Meanwhile Staunton was energetically turning his knowledge of the game to account as a journalist. In 1840, the year in which  his supremacy as a player was first recognised, he projected the monthly periodical, 'The Chess Player's Chronicle," which he  owned and edited till he sold it in August 1854. About 1844 he took charge of the chess column in the 'Illustrated London News,'  which had been commenced two years earlier, and he conducted it till his death. For some time he also edited a chess column  in the 'Era' newspaper.

Staunton compiled for Bonn's ' Scientific Series ' some valuable manuals on the game. Of these 'The Chess Player's  Handbook' (1847; 2nd edit. 1848) long deserved, and still longer retained, the reputation of being the best English treatise on  its subject. 'The Chess Player's Companion' (1849) included a treatise on games at odds, and so far was supplementary to the  'Handbook." but it was mainly devoted to the record of his own games. 'This still remains a work of the highest interest, and a  noble monument for any chess-player to have raised for himself. The notes are in general as much distinguished by their good  taste as by their literary talent and critical value.' 'The Chess Tournament' (1852) contains the names of the international  tournament of 1851 and some others; of this a German rendering appeared at Berlin. A defence of (he London Chess Club (by  'a member') from the strictures passed on it by Staunton in this volume was issued in 1852. 'The Chess Praxis' (1860) was  another supplement to the 'Handbook,' carrying on chess theory for some twelve years later, and containing many well-selected  games.

Staunton's name was conferred on the set of chessmen which are recognised as the standard type among English-speaking  peoples. His 'Chess Players Text-book' was issued in 1849, without date, to be sold with the Staunton chessmen.

Staunton's ' Chess: Theory and Practice' was left in manuscript at his death, and was edited in 1876 by R. B. Wormald, who  succeeded him as editor of the chess column of the ' Illustrated London News.'


He died  suddenly from heart disease at his house in London on 22 June 1874. He married, about 1854, Frances, widow of W. D.  Nethersole, a solicitor, who was some years his senior. She died about 1882.


The St. George's Chess Club possesses a medallion-portrait, as well as a lithograph depicting the match in 1843 between  Staunton and St. Amant.


[Information kindly furnished by the Rev. W. Wayte; Chess Player's Chronicle, 1874-5, pp. 117, 161-2 ; Athenaum, 1874, i. 862 ;  Illustrated London News, 4 July 1874, with portrait-]


Thank-you batgirl for this amazing lesson on Howard Staunton, for those who wish to read the whole forum on him by batgirl (which I would suggest since it is wonderfully done) check-out this link



The Dutch Defense

Staunton Gambit is a chess opening characterized by the moves:

1. d4 f5 (the Dutch Defence)  2. e4!?

White sacrifices a pawn for quick development, hoping to launch an attack against Black's kingside, which has been somewhat weakened by 1...f5.

Black can decline the gambit with 2...d6, transposing to the Balogh Defence; or 2...e6, transposing to the Franco-Hiva. But accepting the pawn with 2...fxe4 is considered stronger than transposing to either of those offbeat defenses.

The Staunton Gambit

The Staunton Gambit is used against the Dutch Defense: 1.d4 f5 2.e4.  It can be seen as a sounder relative, of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.e4) since 1...f5 does not contribute to Black's development and leaves the black king slightly exposed, 2.e4 aims to take advantage of this.

The Staunton Gambit is good for dynamic equality, and provides White with a dangerous attack if Black is not prepared for it.  White tries to take advantage of Black's weakened kingside


Main lines of play;






PUZZLES (Involving the Staunton Gambit)


These are games show the tricks and traps of this versatile gambit. These display the early advantages of this gambit and how easy it is to fall into this gambit’s traps. With white so developed, there are a lot of traps to look out for. Even though these might not be simple “traps” the fact that white is further developed makes every move of black’s very difficult
























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