Modern Interpretation of the Falkbeer

Modern Interpretation of the Falkbeer

Jul 19, 2011, 11:35 PM |

A more modern interpretation of the Falkbeer is 2...d5 3 exd5 c6!?, as advocated by Aron Nimzowitsch (right image). Black is not concerned about pawns and aims for early piece activity. White has a better pawn structure and prospects of a better endgame. The main line continues 4.Nc3 exf4 5.Nf3 Bd6 6.d4 Ne7 7.dxc6 Nbxc6, with positions analogous to the Modern Variation of the gambit accepted.

I have an ongoing game with thegab03 (2009). I under-estimated his playing strength in our first game after he opened with the orangutan resulting to my crushing defeat after an inventive but not so brilliant piece sacrifice.

This time, I wish to be able to redeem myself. It seems though that he is giving me the opportunity and allowed me to open in the King's Gambit, an opening I used in more than 20 percent of my games since yahoo offered chess online. There is a catch however, he used the most difficult defence to meet in the King's Gambit, the Nimzowitsch countergambit in the Falkbeer.

After a little chat below I was supposed to play my fourth move. However, I forgot whether it is time to do dxc6 or it is necessary to delay. So I went back to the videos, did a few more readings on the opening, and took a few notes which looked like a blog. So I decided to make this blog instead and let the grim reaper wait until tomorrow for my move, yo.

thegab03: Hello there me friend, yo!

sollevy10: revenge. i'll play this one the proper way.

thegab03: Like wise, game on, yo!

sollevy10: falkbeer is the best against the king's gambit. it almost made the kings gambit an obsolete opening. until new moves/theories were developed, according tio the videos of GM Boris Alterman. I checked the online gaming policy that it's okay to use such as a reference in games onlne. For this game, that is exactly what i am gonna do.

thegab03: Yep, also, t'is da only time Fisher lost a KG game, against this opening, that says something in it's a self, yo!

The Falkbeer Countergambit is named after 19th-century Austrian player Ernst Falkbeer. It runs 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4, in which Black sacrifices a pawn in return for quick and easy development. It was once considered good for Black and scored well, but White obtains some advantage with the response 4.d3!, and the line fell out of favour after the 1930s.

Ernst Karl Falkbeer (June 27, 1819 – December 14, 1885 was an Austrian chess master and journalist. Born in Brno, Bohemia,  Falkbeer moved to Vienna to study law, but ended up becoming a journalist. During the European Revolutions of 1848, Falkbeer fled Vienna for Germany.   He played chess with German masters Adolf Anderssen and Jean Dufresne in Leipzig, Berlin, Dresden, and Bremen.

In 1853 he was allowed to return to Vienna. Two years later, in January 1855, he started the first Austrian chess magazine, Wiener Schachzeitung (Viennese Chess Newspaper) which lasted only a few months. Falkbeer went to London where he played two matches against Henry Bird. Falkbeer lost the 1856 match (+1−2), but won the 1856/7 match (+5−4=4). At the Birmingham 1858 knockout tournament he beat Saint-Amant in round two (+2−1), but lost in the round four final to Johann Löwenthal (+1−3=4) to finish second. Falkbeer edited a chess column for The Sunday Times from April 1857 to November 1859. He returned to Vienna in 1864, later writing a chess column in Neue Illustrirte Zeitung (New Illustrated Newspaper) from 1877 to 1885.

Falkbeer is more famous for his contributions to chess theory than he is for individual play. He introduced the Falkbeer Countergambit, still considered one of the main lines in the King's Gambit Declined. Siegbert Tarrasch held the view that Falkbeer's Countergambit refuted the King's Gambit entirely.