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Jozsef Kis vs Eszter Csato
Ch Hungary (team) /94 (1993)
Bishop's Opening: Blanel Gambit (C23)  ·  0-1


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Fascinating game in today's featured opening! Eszter tries to revive a line thought refuted 68 years earlier and gets the win after a very hard struggle. Obviously, he had to have prepared analysis going to at least move 14.

It would amaze me if 4...Ng5!? proves sound, but I have plenty of doubts. For one thing, 6.dxe5 regains the pawn and keeps a small edge in development (which will become a big edge if White can get in 0-0-0). He might also have done better with 18.Bh4,a5; 19.Be1!?,a4; 20.Bd2!?,Bg7!? and I'll need to feed the position to the computer to figure out if any of this is sound. 32.Rd3 might have been an error, too.

Still, creativity rewarded is one of the pleasures of chess.

Sep-30-05  letekro: I actually play this opening as white on occasion and have had several games where black plays 4...Ng5. 5. d5 never occurred to me before. I tried 5. h4 once or twice without success but have otherwise always played 5. d4 and 6. dxe5. As you suggest, the latter usually leads to a comfortable game if not an outright blowout if I am allowed to castle long.

As for the game, the first move I really didn't like was 12. Bd3. Why not Bf6 immediately followed by h4 if black plays Bh6? I didn't look too deeply at it, but it seems to me that white could then win the knight on a1 fairly easily while allowing far less counterplay.

Oct-31-05  vinmien: White may have been afraid of 12...Bf5 followed by 13...Nc2. If the knight escapes, White is late of two pawns.
Nov-20-06  Marco65: Intuitively I find 6.d5 a very strong move, if not the refutation of 4...Ng5. Black can't play 6...g6 because of 7.dxe6! like in Book vs Heidenheimo, 1925

I think White can improve on the current game, I would need an engine but 7.Nf3!? Nxc2+ [7...g6? 8.Qxe5+ Qe7 9.Qxe7+ wins a knight] 8.Kd1 Nxa8 9.d6 Qf6 10.Nxe5 g6 11.Ne4! seems winning to me

Jun-12-07  prinsallan: Isnt this a "vienna: frankenstein-dracula varation". Nice attacking game here, with plenty of action both ways. Black gets the upperhand with a hard-to-stop pawn, as so many times before.

Is it 20. f4?! that is the weakest link?

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  whiteshark: Anyway, <4...Ng5> will never make it to a mainstream move.
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  FSR: <prinsallan>, the Frankstein-Dracula Variation (ridiculous name, if you ask me) refers to the main line 4...Nd6 5.Bb3 Nc6!? (5...Be7 is saner) 6.Nb5 g6 7.Qf3 f5 8.Qh5 Qe7 9.Nxc7+ Kd8 10.Nxa8 b6 with wild play.
Aug-24-08  Lysergian: I think The Weakest link is 13.Bf6?, The Bishop is not in danger yet as far as I can tell. Instead 13.Kc1 will let you pick up the knight. Because of that it seems that 9...Nxc2 is a mistake. 9...Rg8 and black will have a cramped queenside but is a pawn up with a half open G file.
Jun-10-09  outplayer: <Lysergian> I agree. 13.Bf6 loses time. What do you think of 13.Nh3 with the idea of 14.Ke2 picking the black knight with the rook?
Dec-16-09  WhiteRook48: 36 Nf3 Be4
Dec-16-09  Dr. J: I like 13 f4 and now
... e4 14 Be2
... exf4 14 Nf3
... Bh6 14 Na3 exf4 15 Ke2
in each case apparently winning the Knight and the game.
Jan-03-10  Muzozavr: Maybe I'm somehow wrong, but to me 7.Nge2 (instead of 7.Bg5) seems to be a winning move here.

I'm analyzing this right now...

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  profK: Five of the first six moves with the knight in the vienna is wilder than three out of three for Alekhine's defence...On principle I am sceptical of the line !!
Oct-31-12  pablo333: I wonder if 7 Qxe5+ Qe7 8 Qxe7 Bxe7 9 Bb3 would offer white superior chances in the resultant end-game?
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