Black's early queen swap against the Bronstein Gambit
Jun 30, 2015, 7:38 PM 0
I never consulted a book about the 1. d4 Nf6 2. g4 gambit. Its ideas are easy to see — get the center early, and the g-file late — so when an FM opponent played 5...e5 in an early trial, I sorta freaked. "Uh oh," I thought, "if a strong player goes for this, then it must be a strong defense." I played natural moves, and when I was on the verge of gaining sufficient compensation for the pawn around move 10 or 12, I thought: "Something is amiss. FMs wouldn't let me do this if it were good," so my overestimation of my opponent cost me then, and later (while I relied on that first dumb loss as experience).
Eventually, I got around to seeing 5...e5 as just another defense, and not one to be scared of. Days ago, my whimsical Bc1-d2 turned out well against a correspondence opponent who accused me of cheating, and then I got another chance in a blitz game.