Cunningham avoids Misplaced Bishop misplaces King

May 9, 2011, 11:29 AM |

The game is in King's Gambit Accepted, Modern Cunningham Defense (McCormick Defense).

According to Wikipedia the Cunningham Defence (3. Nf3 Be7) is Black's most aggressive option (in KGA); it can permanently prevent White from castling after 4.Bc4 Bh4+ 5.Kf1 (else the wild Bertin Gambit, or Three Pawns' Gambit, 5.g3 fxg3 6.0-0 gxh2+ 7.Kh1, played in the nineteenth century). Based on an article here at entitled, What is New in Theory?, the Cunningham no longer enjoys a good reputation because it misplaces the bishop on h4. In modern practice, it is more common for Black to simply play 4...Nf6 5.e5 Ng4, known as the Modern Cunningham.

I played at with a bet of 200 cubits in 5/3 blitz. Black met my KGA with the Modern Cunningham, which, based on's game explorer is known as  C35: King's Gambit: Accepted, Cunningham Defense McCormick Defense.

Instead of misplacing the bishop, black misplaced his king. See image above, it looks like black's king intends to mate white's queen. It was the other way around however, white's queen dragged black's king to her home for the checkmate. The game ended in 13 moves.