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Myers vs NN
Iowa (1985)
Bird Opening: Williams Gambit (A02)  ·  1-0


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Nov-09-04  themindset: 6...Nc6 and black would have been better.
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  Willem Wallekers: Nice puzzle for a tuesday.
Jan-31-07  micartouse: This is the same game as the well known Englund Gambit 8-move trap with reversed colors and an extra tempo used for 1. f4.
Oct-28-07  rhedrich: <themindset> after 6...Nc6 I have 7.Nb5 (intending Nxc7 of course) and either

7...Nd5 8.Bc4 or
7...Rc8 8.Nxa7 (8...Ra8 9.Nxc6; 8...Nxa7 9.Qxa7)

and white comes out ahead a pawn at least. He's only 3 moves away from a king or queenside castle, and black's decimated queenside pawn structure and doubled e-pawns make it hard for him to mount any sort of a comeback.

After 7.Nb5 what would you suggest for black, if there's anything I missed?

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <rhedrich> 7.Nb5 Nd5 8.Bc4? Rb8 just loses for White. The only square for the queen is a6, so 9.Qa6 Ncb4 10.Qa4 a6 (the simplest) and the pin of Nb5 wins a piece for Black.
Oct-21-10  Monoceros: This game is hilarious. Basically someone figured out how to play the Englund Gambit mating trap (see Silbermann vs Honich, 1930) as White.
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  Domdaniel: Not just 'somebody' ... I think White is Hugh E. Myers of 'Myers Opening Bulletin' fame.

I have a club team-mate named Tom Myers... but this isn't him.

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  Domdaniel: There also seems to be some question over the naming of this opening, the Williams Gambit: 1.f4 d5 2.e4 etc. Was it named after Elijah Williams, a strong player in mid-19th-century England, who was known to play 1.f4 at times (though no games of his with 1.f4 d5 2.e4 have survived, as far as I know)?

Another possibility is W. Williams, who wrote a monograph on the gambit.

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