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|Jul-19-04|| ||hollowone: It's a solid gambit, in my experience. The blow to Black's development is telling. If there is a definite line of refutation, then I have yet to play against it. |
|Jul-19-04|| ||hollowone: Oh, and it's not called the Minchev gambit because it predates him.... though he's certainly the best study of it that I've come across. |
|Aug-01-04|| ||Monster: Does this opening have any flaw? |
|Aug-19-04|| ||hollowone: What do you mean by "flaw", precisely? If by "flaw", you mean, is there any reliable way to refute it with immediate advantage to black, then there doesn't seem to be one, as demonstrated by Minchev's excellent record with it. |
|Aug-19-04|| ||acirce: How do you know he has an excellent record with it? And against what kind of opposition? Also, by 'flaw' I would be content with a safe way to equality - that also, theoretically speaking, means White hasn't succeeded. |
|Aug-24-04|| ||Marvol: Good point, <acirce>.
Also, as to <randy>'s remark, probably the guy isn't very good in tournaments... just avoid playing the two knights defense against him and he'll probably be ordinary (by GM standards ;-) ). |
In one of the other Helloween games I posted something about two possible(?) defenses for black: 4. ... Nxe4 (symmetrical) or 5. ... Ng4 (enabling the active countersacrifice Nxf2). At first sight (and first sight only so far) these seem playable for black. At least as playable as 4 Nxe5 is for white :-).
|Sep-04-04|| ||yoozum: it seems to me that if the halloween gambit isn't experty played than white doesn't stand a chance of winning. |
|Oct-31-04|| ||F47: His website is http://chessbg.nm.ru/ and he posted <114 of his games for download>. |
|Dec-15-04|| ||beatgiant: <Marvol>:
<two possible(?) defenses for black: 4. ... Nxe4 (symmetrical) or 5. ... Ng4 (enabling the active countersacrifice Nxf2).>
Both of these look good for White.
Against the symmetrical defense, White has 4...Nxe4 5. Qh5 Qf6 6. Qxf7+ Qxf7 7. Nxf7 Kxf7 8. Nxe4 with a pawn up ending.
Against 5...Ng4 the simple 6. e5 Nxf2 7. Kxf2 Ng8 8. Bc4. White's won the material back and can castle by hand with the following Rf1 and Kg1.
|Apr-18-05|| ||Pawns King: <Against the symmetrical defense, White has 4...Nxe4 5. Qh5 Qf6 6. Qxf7+ Qxf7 7. Nxf7 Kxf7 8. Nxe4 with a pawn up ending.>|
I think this line would be more in the "spirit" of the Halloween attack:
7... Nxf2 8. Nb5 (threatens both 9. Nxc7+ and 9. Nbd6+ cxd6 10. Nxd6+ Bxd6 11. Kxf7 after which blacks bishop is practically trapped) (8. Nxh8 Nxh1, still equal, 8. Kxf1 Kxf7, ditto) 8... Kxf7 9. Bc5+ Kd7 10. Kxf2
I think white has a minor advantage at this point. Emphasize "think".
|Apr-21-05|| ||otoss: His website is http://chess-bg.nm.ru and he posted <117 of his games for download>. |
|Oct-17-05|| ||AlexanderMorphy: this guy seems pretty good, likes the 3 knights defense doesn't he! :0|
|Nov-02-05|| ||visceral infestation: There's something fishy here. Why are all the games with the Three Knights? The examples of this gambit in action are great instructionally, but under what circumstances are they being played? If anybody thinks that this isn't a concern, check Bloodgood's record with the Grob.|
|Nov-02-05|| ||chessgames.com: Many of these games were submitted to us by Mr. Minchev, obviously containing many of his most brilliant wins. There's nothing fishy about it. We never claimed to have his complete tournament record here, just some interesting games that were selected by hand.|
|Nov-14-05|| ||visceral infestation: I was just hoping to see ways that this gambit loses as well as wins. My intention was to mean that this gambit may not have had the success for Minchev as is displayed in this database.|
|Nov-14-05|| ||Eric Schiller: I tried the web links provided and got a 404-error. Did anyone manage to download the larger game set?|
This player doesn't turn up at all in my databases. Plenty of Minchev's, but no Grigor. The only Minchev on the FIDE list is Valentin. Yet, many of the games listed involved FIDE players. So is it reasonable to conclude that he never cracked the 2000 barrier to get a FIDE rating? What was the event where he played American Tim Taylor?
|Feb-09-06|| ||CowardlyKnight: <Schiller> What about this game: Topalov vs G Minchev, 1988 in Sofia 1988.|
|Feb-25-06|| ||popski: Hmm, it smells fishy anyway... I didn't find him on http://www.chessbg.com. Is he from Bulgaria? His family name doesn't sound Russian.|
|Feb-25-06|| ||Andreiko BG: Yes, he is Bulgarian|
|Feb-25-06|| ||Benzol: Bulgarian chess seems to be in a Renaissance period recently. Topalov holds the FIDE title, Georgiev won 1st prize at Gibraltar, they have the Women's crown and the over-60 senior title according to Len Barden.|
|Apr-18-06|| ||AlexanderMorphy: <eric shiller> he did break the 2000 ELO barrier according to that game against topalov...he was rated 2330 at that point!|
|Jun-05-06|| ||dakgootje: If someone has any of his losses...|
|Jul-09-06|| ||Castle In The Sky: Halloween Gambit fans, I just played the following on the ICC in a blitz game until my opponent disconnected: 1. e4 e5 2. f3 f6 3. c3 c6 4. xe5 xe5 Gambit Accepted! 5. d4 g6 6. e5 g8 7. c4 d6 8. f3 e6 9. d5 d7 10. e6 fxe6 11. dxe6 (getting my piece back) f6 12. exd7+ xd7 13. g4+ d8 14. g5 e7 (pinning the queen) 15. xf6 xf6 16. f5 and black disconnected. Chalk one up for the Halloween|
|Oct-31-06|| ||dbquintillion: Happy Gregor Minchev day.|
|Oct-31-06|| ||brazos: saludos del minchev leaskin|
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