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Howard Staunton vs NN
London 5 (1841)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Muzio Gambit Sarratt Defense (C37)  ·  1-0


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Feb-17-07  Rubenus: No kibitzing here? It's a nice game, though.
Feb-17-07  ughaibu: What do you mean "no kibitzing"?
I count two posts.
Feb-17-07  MrPatzer: If anyone wants to kibitz, would somebody please explain to my poor patzerish self why it's okay for White to allow 5...gxf3?
Feb-17-07  ughaibu: It's only a game, within the rules anything is allowed.
Feb-17-07  SBC: <MrPatzer> Theis is the well-known Muzio Gambit in which white sacs a knight for an attack right in the opening. It's an old style opening that's brought out every once in a while and dusted off, such as: Shirov vs J Lapinski, 1990

One of the ideas behind such openings that give away pieces is that the material advantage isn't of any use if the material is undeveloped or poorly developed. So, white has a strong attack when black is at his weakest. Usually, these gambits can be neutralized by black returning some of the material to gain time. But they are fun to play and, since the lines are drawn right off the bat - white wants a quick kill while black wants a static advantage - there's little else to think about than finding the moves that support those ideas.

Here's Morphy playing a Muzio, blindfolded, against one of 8 opponents, members of the London chess club: Morphy vs J Jones, 1859

Feb-17-07  psmith: 23...Qe5??

23...Qg5, threatening the Knight on d5 and mate on c1, while preventing Qg4+, wins.

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