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Boris Spassky vs F Gibson
WchT U26 07th (1960), Leningrad URS, rd 4, Jul-18
King's Gambit: Accepted. Becker Defense (C34)  ·  1-0
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Dec-14-02  refutor: the king's gambit seems so strange to me. although i'm sure there's positional reasons behind it and i'm sure it's been played for 200 years the move 6.g3 looks repulsive to me
Dec-14-02  Kulla Tierchen: 3...h6 is an unusual move by black. I prefer 3...d6 to avoid the Kieseritzky Gambit if that is black's aim here.
Dec-14-02  Kulla Tierchen: 6...g3 is necessary to neutralize the black pawn assault after which white will castle longside, something which was already dictated by black.
Dec-14-02  judokausa1: The king's gambit is probably one of the most under rated openings available right now. The positional purpose of the opening is to create rapid development and a strong center. (note that in the end game white tends to have a queen side majority) a great book on this opening is "winning with the King's Gambit" by Gallagher. [he actually plays this opening at the GM level.]

6... g3?(I assume you mean g4 since fg was the move played in the game.) If 6... g4 7. Nh4 and the pawns begin to drop as white pieces gain a huge leap activity. Note that the h5 square looks quite yummy for the queen as well. white is vastly better due to his lead in development and open lines on the kingside. take note that the check with the pawn on f2 is a normal line I am sure Spassky is aware of. The text limits the scope of the queen bishop by controlling the f4 square. [a key square in the KG for both sides]

Dec-15-02  THE GENERAL: why decline the gambit?
Dec-15-02  Kulla Tierchen: <6... g3? (I assume you mean g4 since fg was the move played in the game.)> I did intend g3 but for white. Thank you for noting my typing error. I was responding to the comment by refutor that 6.g3 looks repulsive to him.
Dec-15-02  Kulla Tierchen: <why decline the gambit?> I have never seen a convincing line for black which declines the gambit. If one were certain that white would win in a tactical mle, then declining would put black in a slightly inferior, but considerably quieter, position.
Dec-15-02  refutor: thank you for the explanation kulla...i still think i'll stick to the ruy lopez though :)
Dec-17-02  drukenknight: As Kulla suggests, the h3 move already begins to dictate certain things will happen (Kulla suggests 000)

If it is true that black can dictate this result to white, then maybe white should simply accept a more closed in game and proceed with: not g3 but rather b3.

There is at least one Kasparov game with the early ...h6, the black player often traps the KN when he plays ...d6 in conjunction.

But this sort of approach w/ d6/h6 will take more time than the more classic version that starts with g4.

Perhaps white should play 4 b3 and start to play his own positional strategy.

Dec-25-04  russep: Can someone please give me a continuation on how this game would end if they had played on?
Dec-25-04  iron maiden: <russep> 25. Bd3 forces Black to lose either the exchange or a piece, since playing 25...h5 to open an escape square for the knight leads to 26. Bf5. He can't stop the bishop pin without giving up the knight.
Dec-25-04  russep: thanks
Jul-10-08  HannibalSchlecter: why doesn't black take on d4 on move 10?
Jul-10-08
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  Jim Bartle: Must be 11. Nxg4.
May-16-09
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  Nimzonick: <HannibalSchlecter: why doesn't black take on d4 on move 10?>

His light-squared bishop is en prise, and Qd7 protects it. Plus, not only would he only have a pawn for piece, but he'd have a somewhat annoying pin of knight and queen.

On another note, I must agree with Refutor that some moves in this opening just do not makes sense to me sometimes

Jan-25-10  Ulhumbrus: After 6 g3, the exchange 6...fxg3 7 hxg3 leaves Black with a backward f pawn.

After 9 Bc4 one may ask what Spassky is going to do with his QN on d5 and his KB on c4. One answer is that both pieces are going to help to restrain Black's backward f pawn by attacking the f5 square. The QN on d5 will go to e3 attacking the square f5 and the White KB will come to d3, also attacking the square f5.

After 10 Ne3 Black does not really want to let go his white squared bishop for the N, but on 10...Bd7 11 c3 Qe7 12 Qc2 0-0-0 13 0-0 Qe8 14 e5 Nge7 15 Nd2 Rhf8 16 Ne4 Black's f pawn remains backward.

12 ..Nf6 obstructs the f pawn. This backward f pawn is one of Black's main problems and Black does not manage to free it.

The pair of moves 13...Bh3 and 14...Ng4 ends up trapping the B on h3, and Black's attempt to avoid losing this bishop gets the N trapped on g4.

After 25 Bd3 Black has no answer to ther threat of Bf5 attacking the Black K, R and N all on the h3-f5 diagonal.

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