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Rudolf Rezso Charousek vs Ignatz von Popiel
Budapest (1896), Budapest AUH, rd 3, Oct-07
Scotch Game: Haxo Gambit (C45)  ·  1-0


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Nov-10-04  InspiredByMorphy: Would 9. ...Ne5 have been better for black?
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  tpstar: <InspiredByMorphy> For the Italian Gambit, 6. c3 is often met by 6 ... Bg4 = Opening Explorer yet Black can grab the Pawn and live with 6 ... dc 7. Qb3 Qd7 = Opening Explorer

Your idea of 9 ... Ne5 attempts to chop wood but doesn't prevent 10. Nd5 exploiting the pin; neither does 9 ... Be6? 10. Bxe6 & 11. Qxb7 winning outright. Therefore ... Qd7 looks better, defending c6 while avoiding pins on the Nf6. But as Black I prefer 5 ... Nf6 transposing to the Max Lange after 6. e5 d5.

Nov-10-04  Kean: Macdonnell liked to play 4..Qf6 against the Scotch Gambit, but Morphy said the Bc5 or Nf6 are better; even Bb4+ was the usual in those days.
Nov-10-04  InspiredByMorphy: <tpstar> Thanks for the input. Do you ever play this gambit? Or do you prefer blacks side of it?
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  tpstar: <IBM> I used to prefer Black's game here, but a few humbling crushes at club changed all that. Now I like the Two Knights with all its branches, or 3. Bb5 as White. Of course, my all-time favorite opening is the Black side of 1. e4 e5 2. f4 ef ;>)
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  plang: This game was one of Pandolfini's columns about a year ago. I found Charousek's moves very difficult to pick. 17 b3 is the obvious move and the only one that Pandolfini mentioned. However, I selected 17 b4 with the idea of 17..Bb4 18 Rd4..Ba5 19 Rc4 which looks at least as good for white as the game continuation. I am probably missing something.
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  wwall: 7...Qe7 misplaces the queen and it gets attacked. Better is 7...Qd7.

After 10.Nd5, Black cannot play 10...Qxe4 since 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Nxf6 forks queen and king. If 10...Nxe5, then 11.exd5 Qd7 12.dxc6.

12...Nxb3? looks bad. Better may be 12...gxf6 13.Qc3 Nxc4 15.Nxf6+ Kh8 16.Nxf8 Nxb2 17.Qxb2.

If 17.b4 instead of 17.b3, then 17...Bxb4 18.Rd4 b5 19.Rb1 a5.

17...Ne5 looks weak as White can exchange and open up the d-file. Perhaps 17...Nb6.

20.Rfd1 and 21.Re8+ looks strong.

My source shows that after 25.Ne3, Black played 25...Bb7. After 26.Rxd6+, Black resigned.

Charousek tied with Chigorin for 1st place in this event.

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