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Контргамбит Альбина

Контргамбит Альбина

Nov 16, 2016, 2:33 PM 0

After 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 White usually accepts the gambit with 3.dxe5, leading to our challenge position. Black's compensation for his pawn will be an advantage in space.
3...d4 gives you a strong central presence and hampers the development of White's queenside. Your general plan is ...Bg4, ...Qd7 and ...0-0-0, with your g8-knight usually going to e7. If you can win the pawn at e5 while preserving yours at d4, you'll come out of the opening with the better game.
4.e3, challenging you at once in the center, looks fine, but it allows you to grab the initiative with some sharp tactics. White can also try 4.Nf3 or 4.a3.
4?Bb4+ forces White's hand and invites White's response move, because the alternative 5.Nbd2 allows 5...dxe3 with the better game for Black. Then Black's pawn structure would be superior and White's king would be exposed.
White probably considered your bishop move before playing the faulty 4.e3 and saw that he had 5.Bd2 in reply. It looks like it handily neutralizes your check. But White failed to calculate a few moves ahead, overlooking a neat zwischenzug (German for in-between move) that gives you a big edge.
A totally unexpected move like 5...dxe3!! often throws the victim into a state of 'sacrificial shock,' causing him to lose without a fight. In this case Black's bishop sacrifice is completely sound and is more like an investment that he expects to pay big dividends.
6.Bxb4? is not the best but many players would still not realize what you're up to. Besides, other moves are also good for Black: 6.fxe3 Qh4+ 7.g3 Qe4, etc., or 6.Qa4+ Nc6 7.Bxb4 exf2+ 8.Kxf2 Qh4+ gives you a ferocious attack
This pawn is immune after 6...exf2+!. The royal lovebirds are inseparable.
The supreme sofa spud takes a forced constitutional with 7.Ke2 to avoid losing the queen.
7...fxg1=N+! is best. 7...Bg4+ wouldn't win White's queen because of the interposing move 8.Nf3. This observation should lead us to the stunning idea of underpromoting with 7...fxg1=N+!. White must respond to the knight check, which creates the threat of ...Bg4+, winning White's queen by a skewer.
8.Ke1 saves the queen, and the far-flung knight at g1 isn't going anywhere. But can it make its presence felt?
After the alert check 8...Qh4+, White's king must step onto the open d-file.
After 9.Kd2 two fat ducks are roosting on the d-file. However, both 9.Ke2 Bg4+ and 9.g3 Qe4+ were very unattractive.
9...Nc6 tempos the b4-bishop. Black's initiative is terrible to behold.
10.Bc3 is as good as any. In this type of situation the defender's only recourse is to nonchalantly act like everything's in order. Players have gotten off the hook in far worse scenarios.
10...Bg4, winning yet another tempo, will be followed by 11...0-0-0. The awesome firepower Black can direct at White's uncastled king spells 'game over' in a few moves.
If you want to play this double-edged opening, you will also have to familiarize yourself with the more positional lines arising after 4.Nf3 or 4.a3.

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