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Panayotis Pandavos vs Besarion Khetsuriani
Acropolis Tournament (2006), Athens GRE, rd 8, Aug-20
Russian Game: Cochrane Gambit. Bishop check line (C42)  ·  0-1


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Sep-26-07  pawnofdoom: Haven't people learned that the Cochrane Gambit is bad and sacrifices a knight for nothing yet? Not only that, Pandavos was playing this against a HIGHER rated player! This is the most recent game of the Cochrane gambit that I could find
Nov-24-07  rhedrich: Why in the world would he resign? I'd play Rd7. <pawnofdoom> a piece for two pawns and initiative is hardly "nothing." Just because Pandavos (who is less than 100 points behind Ketsuriana) took too long to develop and attack doesn't mean the whole idea is washed... duh. This may be the most recent game, but if you had done your homework, you'd have realized that White is 43-18-9 after Nxf7 in this database. That's impressive against an opening with such a drawish reputation.
Jul-13-08  myschkin: For a master to try this nowadays is really daring...
Nov-26-09  bondll: What's the most promising continuation for white after 7...Kf7?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 15.Rd7?,Rad8! completes Black's development and forces the exchange of Rooks, thanks to the back rank problem. The combination of 7.0-0 and 8.b3 looks too slow. White sacrifices a piece for a pawn center, so use it: 7.Nc3 and then roll the d and f pawns forward.
Jan-03-18  Petrosianic: <pawnofdoom>: <Haven't people learned that the Cochrane Gambit is bad and sacrifices a knight for nothing yet?>

How would people learn that when the database shows White winning 60-80% of the time? We can explain why that evidence should be disregarded (or at least I can). But that doesn't constitute evidence that White has nothing for the piece.

Jan-03-18  Petrosianic: <What's the most promising continuation for white after 7...Kf7?>

Don't know, although 9. b3 looks very ineffectual, and 11. e5 seems suicidal.

Kf7 does seem to be the best move, and either castle by hand or park the King on g7.

Jan-03-18  WorstPlayerEver: 8. d4
Jan-03-18  Petrosianic: Yeah, to have any hope of making this work, White has to try to pull off the d4, f4, e5 plan. The fianchetto does nothing.
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