The King's Gambit: Berlin Defense

Feb 8, 2011, 1:34 PM |

Welcome to part two of my ongoing series on the King's Gambit!

Today we will be analyzing the Berlin Defense in the King's Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 Nf6). For this game, I had to pull out my favorite chess player of all time and one of the greatest King's Gambit players ever, Paul Morphy. He squares off against one of history's greats, Adolf Anderssen.

As an added bonus to those trying to improve their game, I have decided to format parts of this game as puzzles so you can practice playing like the professionals. The full game can be seen in its entirety in the bottom diagram.


Morphy sees a nice combination and goes in for the attack.
















As you might have guessed, 9...Be7 would have been a huge mistake leading to 10. Nf6+ Kf8 11. Bh6#.


With all of Black's pieces on the rim, and the board wide open, Morphy looks to cause some damage.
















Here Anderssen misses a good move that could have given Black some possible chances (20...Bg5+  21. Kc3 Be6). Instead, he plays 20...Bxb2 greedily capturing another free pawn.


I hope you all enjoyed the Berlin Defense in the King's Gambit! Part three will feature Robert Byrne in control of the White pieces taking on the one and only Larry Evans. Come and check out the Schallop Defense!