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Joseph G Gallagher vs Robert Fontaine
"Fontaine Blue" (game of the day Apr-03-2007)
Bern op (1994), Bern SUI, rd 9
King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense (C34)  ·  1-0


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  solardog: after 0-0-0 White looked pretty comfortable. Woohoo... first post.
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  al wazir: Why did black play 23...Be6 instead of Rb8 ?

I think white also wins (maybe more certainly) with 21. Nxd6. If 21...Rd8, then 22. Rh6 Qg8 23. Nxc8+ Raxc8 24. Rd6, and now if 24...Rxd6, then 25. Qxd6+ Ke8 26. Bb5.

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  crafty: 23...♖b8 24. ♕g5+ ♔d7 25. ♘d5 b5 26. ♕f6 ♖e8 27. ♘f4   (eval 3.74; depth 13 ply; 500M nodes)
Apr-03-07  RandomVisitor: Black has a good game after 15...a6:

(-1.69): 15...a6 16.Nxd6 fxe2 17.Bxe2 Kc7 18.Nc4 Be6 19.Rdf1 Bxd2+ 20.Qxd2 Nxc4 21.Bxc4 Qe5 22.Bxe6

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  gambitfan: King's Gambit Accepted: Black play the Fischer Defence...

What is this Fischer Defence worth ?

Apr-03-07  sanyas: 17...♕xh4 18.♖h1 ♕f2 19.♗xh6 ♕xe2 20.♘xd6 ♗e6 21.♗g7 f6 22.♖h6 ♕f2 23.♗xf6+ ♕xf6 24.♖xf6 ♔xf6 25.♘xb7 ♖ac8 26.♘a5 ♖hf8 27.♘xc6 ♖xc6 28.♕d4 ♖c4 29.♕xa7 ♘f7 30.e5+

16...♗e6 looks winning to me.

18.h5 is a very nice move, but in my opinion this game doesn't deserve Game of the Day status. There are plenty of other great games out there.

Apr-03-07  KingV93: I love the Kings Gambit but I just can't play Ng1, it looks so wrong!
Apr-03-07  RandomVisitor: 3 minutes per move Rybka analysis:

1.e4 e5
2.f4 exf4
3.Nf3 d6
4.d4 g5
5.h4 g4
6.Ng1 Qf6
7.Nc3 Ne7
8.Nge2 Bh6
9.Qd2 Nbc6
10.Nb5 Kd8
11.d5 Ne5 Last Book Move
12.Qc3 -0.37/18
[Rybka 2.3.1 mp 32-bit : 12.Nxf4 Bd7 13.Be2 Kc8 14.h5 a6 15.Nd4 Rg8 16.Qe3 g3 17.c3= -0.13/14 ]

12...c6 -0.39/16
13.dxc6 -0.34/17 N7xc6 -0.37/17
14.Bd2 -1.03/16
[Rybka 2.3.1 mp 32-bit : 14.Qd2 a6 15.Qxd6+ Qxd6 16.Nxd6 Nb4 17.Kd1 Ke7 18.Bd2 Kxd6 19.Bxb4+ Ke6 20.Ke1 Rd8 -0.37/17 ]

14...f3 -1.00/16 15.000+ -1.57/16
[Rybka 2.3.1 mp 32-bit : 15.Bxh6 f2+ 16.Kd1 Qxh6 17.Qd2 Qxd2+ 18.Kxd2 Nc4+ 19.Kc3 Be6 20.Nf4 Nb6 21.Nxe6+ fxe6 -1.00/16 ]

15...fxe2 -0.86/18
[Rybka 2.3.1 mp 32-bit : 15...a6 16.Nxd6 fxe2 17.Bxe2 Kc7 18.Bg5 Bxg5+ 19.hxg5 Qxg5+ 20.Kb1 Rd8 21.Qa3 Qg6 22.Nb5++ -1.57/16 ]

16.Bxe2 -0.91/16 Ke7 0.53/17
[Rybka 2.3.1 mp 32-bit : 16...a6 17.Rhf1 Bxd2+ 18.Rxd2 Qe7 19.Nxd6 Kc7 20.a4 Kb8 21.g3 Rd8 22.Rfd1 f6 23.Qe3 -0.91/16 ]

17.Rhf1 0.55/17 Qg6 0.57/17
18.h5 0.72/17 Qxh5 1.82/17
[Rybka 2.3.1 mp 32-bit : 18...Qg7 19.Nxd6 Rd8 20.Qa3 Bxd2+ 21.Rxd2 Rxd6 22.Qxd6+ Ke8 23.Bb5 Bd7 24.Bxc6 Bxc6 25.h6 0.72/17 ]

19.Rh1 1.83/16 Bxd2+ 1.78/17
20.Qxd2 1.81/15 Qg6 2.25/16
21.Rh6 2.11/16 Rd8? 3.62/16
[Rybka 2.3.1 mp 32-bit : 21...Kf8 22.Rxg6 hxg6 23.Nxd6 Kg7 24.Rf1 Be6 25.Nxb7 Rh5 26.Qc3 Rb8 27.Nc5 Bc8 28.Bc4 2.11/16 ]

22.Rxg6 3.67/17 hxg6 3.83/18
23.Nc7 4.15/19 Be6 4.20/19
24.Nxa8 4.27/19 Rxa8 4.42/19
25.Qxd6+ 4.40/19 Ke8? #6/9
[Rybka 2.3.1 mp 32-bit : 25...Kf6 26.Qc7 Kg7 27.Qxb7 Rc8 28.Qb5 Rh8 29.Rd6 Rh5 30.b3 Ne7 31.Qb7 Kf6 32.Qxa7 4.40/19 ]

26.Bb5? 20.73/17 Rc8? #6/8
27.Qxe5? 14.82

Apr-03-07  psmith: I prefer 10. g3 to 10. Nd5 as in L Day vs J Berry, 1975
Apr-03-07  HannibalSchlecter: It was fascinating to see black still playing on when it was over, much like a chicken with its head cut off running around, he just doesn't know he's dead yet.
Apr-03-07  realbrob: The sequence 10.Nb5 Kd8 doesn't really look like professional chess, with Black moving his king to a very uncomfortable square to protect the c7 pawn.. Couldn't Black play 9..a6. Now it's more difficult for White to put pressure on Black's position, maybe.
Apr-03-07  Thrajin: Fontaine blew alright...
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  kevin86: Ng1 in the king's gambit:what a cowardly move!

Black was no angel here neither:he allowed his queen to be trapped and later left a rook and knight en prise. Was he trying to LOSE this game?

Robert Fontaine? Heck,Trip Fontaine from VIRGIN SUICIDES (played by Josh Hartnett) or even Frank Fontaine-aka Crazy Gugenheim (in Jackie Gleason's JOE THE BARTENDER) could have put up a better fight.

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  Peligroso Patzer: Rather interestingly, in "Winning with the King's Gambit" (Henry Holt & Co., 1992), Gallagher says of the position after 8. ... Bh6 that 9. Qd2 "doesn't seem to work too well" and that he thinks "White would do best here to play 9. Qd3 with the usual idea of Bd2 and 0-0-0". (p. 29) Nevertheless, in this game played two years after the publication of his book, Gallagher chose 9. Qd2. Of the position after 9. Qd2 Nbc6!, Gallegher's book criticzes ECO's recommended 10. g3, giving it a "?!" and calling it "not good". The 1992 book does recommend 10. Nb5 (as played here against Fontaine) as White's best choice.
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  Peligroso Patzer: One further (and final) observation regarding Gallagher's 1992 book, "Winning with the King's Gambit": In today's GotD versus Fontaine, Gallagher's 12. Qc3 constitutes a departure from a game of his played against Flear in 1992 cited in the book (p. 30), in which Gallagher chose 12. Nxf4, with the game ending in a draw after 29 moves.
Apr-03-07  MikeChesss: realbrob 9...a6 allows 10.Nc7+, winning the exchange and forcing the king to the D file anyway to bottle up or recapture the knight.
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  fm avari viraf: All the Gambits make Chess lively & this one is no exception. After the middle game skirmishes Black is a piece up but he has to give up his Queen to save the mate in two moves. If 21...Qg7 or Qxe4 then 22.Qxd6+ Ke8 23.Nc7#. I still remember the incident how Tony Miles saved Gallagher's life. As it is said both were good friends. Actually, that fateful night, Gallagher was to fly to some destination but as he heard the sad news of his friend, he took a another flight to attend Tony's funeral & few hours later the news flashed that the Plane in which Gallagher was to fly crashed & all on board died. And so in this way how a true friend saved another friend's life! But the Chess fraternity has lost a good player. Even, I had some good memories with Tony Miles during the Commonwealth Championship. May His Soul Rest In Peace In Heaven, Eternally.
Apr-03-07  Skylark: <Ng1 in the king's gambit:what a cowardly move!> Uh, that's the only sound move in the position.

15. O-O-O! was a calm response to black's kingside demonstration. Seeing modern versions of the King's Gambit brings warmth to my heart :) Although I think I'll stick to the bishop's gambit (people seem to love playing 3. ... Qh4+, whereas I smile to myself the second they touch their queen).

Interestingly enough, can't black transpose into the Fischer defence against the King's Bishop's Gambit via 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 d6!? 4. Nf3 h6! (A different, but also popular way of addressing the Fischer defence, which I'm not sure but I think Gallagher thought it up). Play might then continue 5. d4!? g5 6. g3! (Best, in my opinion) 6. ... g4!? (6. ... fxg3 7. hxg3 is good for white) 7. Nh4 f3 8. Be3 Be7 9. Nxf3!? gxf3 10. Qxf3 Be6 11. d5 Bc8 12. O-O Rh7 13. e5! with an interesting game. King's Gambit lines are enjoyable to study, though that may just be my opinion..

Apr-03-07  Whack8888: Does anyone know about the line 5...f6 6. Nxg5 fxg5 7. Qh5+ Kd7

If this piece sacrifice doesnt work, then I believe Black can get a good game by f6, h6, Bg7, Nc3, Bg4, and eventually 0-0-0 if necessary.

Apr-03-07  dabearsrock1010: since <Skylark:> brought it up, im interested in what the bishops gambit is. Can anyone enlighten me?
Apr-03-07  ganstaman: This is an amazing game, and I'm surprised at how many people think it's bad. Maybe there are more brilliant games out there, but should we limit ourselves to a single GOTD to use every day because it is deemed The Most Brilliant? No, this game is definitely worthy.

And most of the criticism wants to play bad moves. As was pointed out, Ng1 is a fine move (it's what theory recommends, right?), and ...Kd8 was needed (if he didn't, then Nxc7+ and he'd play ...Kd8 anyway but also lose the exchange). Also, leaving the queen under attack by the rook wasn't bad -- can the queen be saved in any way that doesn't allow white to checkmate? For example, 21...Qxe4 22. Qxd6+ Ke8 23. Nc7#

Also, the King's Bishop Gambit is 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 (whereas the King's Knight Gambit features 3. Nf3). You can find a little bit more here: King's Gambit Accepted (C33)

Apr-03-07  Atking: <gambitfan: King's Gambit Accepted: Black play the Fischer Defence... What is this Fischer Defence worth ?> Not at all. Still very interesting. For example 6. ...f5 is an alternative. e.g 7.Bxf4 fxe4 8.Nc3 d5!? and to make it funny 9.Be5 Nf6 10.Nxd5 QxNd5 11.BxNf6 Bb4+ 12.c3 0-0! might be a bit good for Black...
May-26-14  drunknite: what is the response to 10...g3?
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