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Lowens vs Stafford
cr (1950)
Russian Game: Stafford Gambit (C42)  ·  0-1


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Oct-23-03  Helloween: Aggressive openings that win so quickly, such as the brutal Petrov, should be outlawed :)

Notice that White has few ways to defend himself adequately after the solecism 6.d3?, however...

After 6....Bc5!, the following fail:

7.dxe4 Bxf2+ 8.Kxf2(8.Ke2 Bg4+) 8...Qxd1.

7.Be3 Bxe3 8.fxe3 Qh4+ 9.g3(9.Ke2 Qf2#) 9...Nxg3 10.hxg3 Qxh1.

7.d4 Nxf2! 8.Qd2(8.Kxf2? Bxd4+ 9.Ke19.♔f3 ♕d5+ 9...Bf2+) 8...Bxd4 9.c3 Bb6 10.Qxd8+(10.Rg1? Qh4!) 10...Kxd8 11.Rg1 Re8 12.Bf4 Nh3.


7.Qh5(the best try) and after 7...Nxf2? 8.e6! Bxe6 9.Qxc5 Nxh1 10.Qg1 Qh4+ 11.g3 Qa4(11...Qe7 12.Be2 Bg4 13.Nc3 Bf3 14.Be3 Bxe2 15.Kxe215.♘xe2? 0-0-0! 15...Qb4 16.Kd2 and White is better) 12.c4! 0-0-0 13.Qxh1 Rhe8 14.Kf2 Qc2+ 15.Nd2 Bf5 White is in a pickle(16.Be2, with the idea of 16...Bxd3? 17.Bd1! Be4 18.Bxc2 Bxh1 19.Bxh7! and White is better, fails to 16...Rxe2+! 17.Kxe2 Qxd3+ 18.Kf2 Qd4+ 19.Kg2 Be4+ 20.Nf3 Qf6 21.Qf1 Rd3.), however, after 7...g6! 8.Qh6 Nxf2, 9.Qg7(9.Rg1 Qd4) 9...Rf8 10.Rg1 Qd4 Black wins easily.

Whew! I think White resigned a little too early, as Black may not have found the best moves. It was fun analyzing though.

Dec-06-03  rover: This position is featured in the book "Tactical Targets in Chess". It (that is the position in the book) has inspired a friend of mine to take up this gambit. Unfortunately the gambit is not merely unsound it's probably bad. With conservative play white should keep the pawn without having to defend too much. Anyway there is a flaw in Haloween's analysis. Actually 7.Qh5 Nxf2 8.e6 Qe7, pinning the pawn and defending the bishop is very good for black.
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  Sneaky: Wow. 6.d3 looks so natural I think it's unfair to call it a "blunder" ... but it sure seems like it really loses.
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  InspiredByMorphy: I think white should have given black a taste of his own medicine with 6.Nc3 being a pawn up. 6. ...f5 7.exf e.p. Nxf6 8.Bc4 and now not only is white better developed, but it is going to be difficult for black to castle.
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  InspiredByMorphy: 6.Nc3 f5 7.exf e.p. Nxf6 8.Bc4 and now not only is white better developed, but it is going to be difficult for black to castle. 6.d4 would have also been sufficient to maintain the advantage attained of being a pawn up.
Dec-14-04  aw1988: Bc5 is one of those brilliant moves which makes the opponent go "d'oh"!
Feb-09-06  McCool: Why not 7. ♗e3
Mar-27-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Cool, there's 8...Qh4 after the exchange of bishops. I suppose you recognize the pattern from many of blitz games then.
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