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Alexander Koblents vs Vladimir Zagorovsky
Vilnius (1946)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Schallop Defense (C34)  ·  1-0


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Aug-27-07  wolfmaster: Koblents was Tal's trainer for almost 25 years.
Oct-06-08  Sem: Horribly short.
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  FSR: It's amazing how stupid Black can be made to look in the King's Gambit if he doesn't know what he's doing.
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  fm avari viraf: In 1946, I must be sucking my thumb in the craddle of chess while this game was being played!
Jun-29-12  King Death: < FSR: It's amazing how stupid Black can be made to look in the King's Gambit if he doesn't know what he's doing.>

Playing 3...Nf6 is a good start on the road to looking stupid for sure, there are a lot of good ways to play it.

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  FSR: For those who don't know, Zagorovsky won the World Correspondence Championship in 1965. My original thought was that he must not have been too strong yet in 1946. But I see that the following year he played in the USSR Championship, and also drew this game: Bronstein vs V Zagorovsky, 1947. So, notwithstanding this disaster, he was likely pretty strong at the time of this game.

The denouement reminds me of Fischer vs R Chalker, 1964, another game where the combination of a pawn on e5, queen on e2, and Black's wayward KB and KN, allowed Bg5! with murderous effect.

Mar-25-14  ughaibu: 3...Nf6 is, of course, a reasonable move. A couple of well known examples: Efimov vs Bronstein, 1941 and Rubinstein vs Yates, 1922
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  FSR: 3...Nf6 is certainly playable, albeit the worst-scoring of Black's principal replies to the King's Knight's Gambit. Opening Explorer
Mar-25-14  ughaibu: A surprise to see 3...g6 scored best. I don't remember ever seeing it.
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  FSR: <ughaibu> Yes, that's a weird one. The sample size is only seven games. All were decisive, and Black scored 4-3. An IM named Dolezal played and won two of the games for Black. Apart from him, 3...g6 just appears to have been played by no-name players who lose miniatures to each other.
Mar-25-14  ughaibu: Dolezal followed up with Bh6, which I think is interesting. The other games are quite unconvincing as far as the theory of 3...g6 goes. This one concludes with an amusing (mis)combination: K Osterberg vs Fadmel Zyde, 1998
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  FSR: <ughaibu> Yes, ...Bh6 is the only way to give 3...g6 much of a point.
Sep-03-15  Abdel Irada: <FSR: <ughaibu> Yes, that's a weird one. The sample size is only seven games.>

This, I think, is an important point to remember when using the Opening Explorer. Not infrequently, sample size is a more important variable than the statistics themselves.

It often happens that a minor line appears to do well, based on a very limited sample. But further investigation sometimes reveals that one particular game demonstrates a fatal weakness in the line, and that is why it is more of a footnote than an actual variation.

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