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David Bronstein vs Alexander G Beliavsky
12th Soviet Team Cup (1982), Kislovodsk URS, rd 6, Jun-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit (C33)  ·  0-1



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Apr-14-03  Chelanth Vic: The "old dog" is beaten by the "young wild dog".
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  FSR: To quote Bobby Fischer, "The King's Gambit is busted. It loses by force." Of course, he wrote that in 1961, before he started playing (and winning with) 3.Bc4 himself.
Apr-20-12  Everett: <FSR> And he was talking about 3.Nf3
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  FSR: <Everett> He only <analyzed> 3.Nf3 in his article, but he <wrote> that "The King's Gambit is busted." He didn't write, "The King's Knight's Gambit is busted, but the Bishop's Gambit might be playable." Larry Evans, the editor-in-chief of American Chess Quarterly, must have been shocked a couple of years later when Fischer crushed him with the Bishop's Gambit - his first-ever win against Evans. Fischer vs Larry Evans, 1963
Apr-20-12  Everett: <FSR> perhaps the title was hyperbolic, to sell magazines? I think so... Either that or Fischer was a garbage chess journalist. Likely both.

BTW, our own <Shams> is a big fan of the KG-BG.

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  FSR: <Everett: <FSR> perhaps the title was hyperbolic, to sell magazines?>

Probably. It was the first article in Vol. 1, Issue 1 of American Chess Quarterly. Evans wanted the article to make a big splash, and it did.

<Either that or Fischer was a garbage chess journalist.>

I don't think that. Fischer prided himself on the quality of his analysis, and once claimed never to have made a mistake in published analysis. There's no comparison between his books and those of the schlock artists. (I'm not going to name names here, but I daresay you know who I mean.)

Apr-20-12  Shams: <Everett> I'm more a fan of the 3.Bc4 KGA than I am of my record with it. I seem to be inexorably sliding towards 1.Nf3 or even 1.d4, anyway...I think it's a better fit for (what passes for) my style...

Probably when Fischer wrote "A Bust to the King's Gambit", had he been asked, "What about 3.Bc4?", he would have said, "If White plays differently, he loses differently."

Apr-20-12  Everett: <FSR> you are likely right about his published analysis, though I certainly haven't read all of it.

<Shams> yeah, I love Bronstein but I wouldn't play the KG, even for fun, since I don't find it fun at all in any variation, save maybe the 3.Qf3 followed by 4Ne2 or the odd but interesting 3.Qe2. Have you tried these lines? I sometimes imagine a repertoire with e4 for white, playing the KG, and the KIA vs. nearly everything, and then I realize how tough those positions are.

I've played my own concoctions in the 1.Nf3 lines for years, even though there has been a book or two recently that mentions the opening ideas...

Mar-25-14  estrick: I was unable to see why Bronstein resigned here, i.e., what Black had after 17. Ne2?

For those who are as blind as me, the continuation is 17. ...Nxe2
18. Bxe2 Qxd4+
19 Kf1 Qxd2 snatching a whole piece.

White's best here, according to Fritz, is
17. Bb5 Nb6
18. Bxe8 Rxe8
19. Re1 Rxe1+
20. Bxe1 Qxf4

and Black has two pieces for a rook, with an evaluation of -2.34 in Black's favor.

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