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King's Gambit try for black

  • #1
    I am curious about the line below. I just played it and my opponent didn't know what to do. It seems like an okay line for black to make some players uncomfortable and take them out of the lines they might of memorized early.
    The main lines are no doubt better but this seems like a good try to catch people off-guard against 4.Bc4 and it seems to slow white down a bit. Thoughts?


  • #2

      The idea, of course, is to deflect the bishop's aim from f7, and maybe give up a pawn in order in to get c6 and d5 and gain a tempo in the process by kicking the B. Game explorer on this site has a win by black with this line in a game between two 2300 players. It turns up more often in the 3.Bc4 line. The famous "immortal game" (there's so many 'immortal' games, the earth is in danger of game overpopulation - some of these games better start dying off happy.png) between Anderssen and Kieseritzky is one of them:

        Kieseritzky had better luck a few years earlier...........

        Of course, I have to throw in one of my own goofy blitz games, This is the 3.Nf3 line, with a couple more moves interpose......


  • #3

    This line, the KGA with 3.Bc4 Qh4+ 4.Kf1 b5, is called the "Bryan Countergambit". I don't know how it gets this name. The only Bryan I know is William Jennings Bryan, and he's not known for his chess abilities.......

  • #4

    Very interesting. Thanks for the games and ideas.


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