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J Fort vs W Campbell
"Storming the Fort" (game of the day May-06-2006)
corr USA (1913) (correspondence), ?
King's Gambit: Accepted. Tumbleweed (C33)  ·  1-0

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Sep-14-03  caseyclyde: It's hard to argue with a successful result but this has to be one of the dumbest openings around.
Sep-14-03  ellipotrix: I disagree: I believe the point in the opening was to dance with the opposing queen and cloak the stabbing motion of the bishop. quite brilliant ...
Sep-14-03  ughaibu: It's normally called the Tumbleweed, it can also be played as black 1.e4 f5 2.ef Kf7 usually called the Fred.
Sep-14-03  Ghengis Pawn II: I am in favour of caseyclyde. I'm quite positive Fritz would tear it to shreds.
Sep-14-03
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  kevin86: Shouldn't it be called the stumbleweed? This was not the best beginning,but it was the best ending.Napoleon had an ending like this in a game of his-not too many people can out-tactic the great general.
Sep-14-03
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  Doctor Who: There is a funny poem about this opening, only there it's called the "King's Own Opening." The game described in the poem (I played it out) was a lot like the game above: Black was far too eager to attack, and ended up losing his queen. The poem starts <In Seattle, last summer, with nothing to do, I went to the Chess Club, and there met a Jew> If anybody has a copy of that poem I'd love to read it again.
Jan-15-04  MichaelJHuman: The poem is in the book the Chess Companion by Chernev.
Dec-21-04  who: In Seattle, last summer, with nothing to do,
I went to a Chess Club, and there met a Jew
From New Orleans, a rabbi - no matter what name -
Perhaps you have met him, or heard of the same;
He's a player of note and his problems in chess
Get some mighty good players in an awful bad mess.

He asked: "Do you play, sir?" I said: "Just a little." "Well, sit you down here, and let's have a skittle."
He glanced round the room: "I judge by the looks
That you players here are not up in the books."
I replied with a laugh, and a gentle a-hem,
"No, we long, long ago got far beyond them."
With a shrug of his shoulders, the Whites he gave me, "Make your opening, " he said, "and we will soon see."

I played P to King's fourth, which he seemed to approve, And replied with the same; 'twas a very good move.
The King's Bishop's Pawn I put out with some force,
And he took it at once, as a matter of course.
But judge the expression that came o'er his face
When I played out my King to K.B.'s second place.
"Oh well, said the rabbi, that looks a bit hazy,
If I'm any judge, the King's Gambit's gone crazy."

So he out with his Queen and he checked at R's five,
With the evident purpose to flay me alive.
With a soft, gentle push I interposed Pawn,
He took it with his, in a moment 'twas gone.
He thundered out "check" in such stentorian tones,
That it gave me the shivers - a quake in the bones;
But I slipped the King over to Knight's second square, Then he took my Rook's Pawn with his, and said "there, You must take that with your Rook, and then it is plain That my Queen takes the other one out in the main;
And with no Pawns on King's side, I must say I can't see How you can prevent me from Queening my three- Should the game ever get to the point where they're needed."

Jan-15-05  cloybloy: Nice poem you have there. I am a great admirer of the King's Gambit. In fact, I use it quite often if only to shock my opponents who are not familiar with the lines. I often open up with 3. Nf3 and thereafter employ the necessary sequence of moves depending on the reaction of black pieces, be it the usual Kieseritsky or the Becker variation and even resort to the Allgaier if given the chance. What I always fear of is the Cunningham variation which is quite related to the feature variation in some ways. 3. Kf2 is quite risky. I'll try it out some time.
Nov-27-05  morphynoman2: Why 3... Qh4?? That's perhaps the worst possible move in that position.
Jan-06-06  laskerdog: Lots of action guaranteed with the Kings Gambit. Every beginner or chess-fan should study Greco’s or Morphy’s collection of the good ol’ KGA. Often ending in subtle and instructive mates.
Jan-16-06
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  Infohunter: <morphynoman2: Why 3... Qh4?? That's perhaps the worst possible move in that position.> I have to say, I think you're on to something there, <morphynoman2>. When I read that poem years ago, I wondered why Black didn't try 3...Bc5+ instead of 3...Qh4+. So far I have seen no games illustrating this choice, including those in the chessgames.com database.
Jan-28-06  Averageguy: 3.Bc5+ 4.d4 looks good for white.
Feb-02-06  chickadee little: its worked for me
Mar-21-06  McCool: Welcome chickadee little to this website.
May-06-06  Bare Beginner: What's blk's 19th move about? is he defending d6? thanks for typing in that poem btw ...
May-06-06  Confuse: the king's gambit seems to be more suicidal then a gambit, perhaps the king's last resort? none the less king's gambit comes out with amazing results and cool to view. i'd like to learn the lines sometime :D well played.
May-06-06  chessmoron: <ughaibu> This is actually called tumbleweed/drunken king. <morphynorman2> the worst move is 14...Nf6--I think f6 should be better.
May-06-06  chessmoron: What a daring opening for J. Fort. If he open this against a good player, DEATH!!!!!!!!
May-06-06  Zivildiener: well, actually I know Black's version of this gambit as "elephant gambit"... I analysed it a little bit, 1. e4 f5 2. exf5 Kf7
and now the best is Bc4+ because d5 fails to Qh5+ so e6 and Black has hardly anything... after the "standard" Qh5+ g6 fxg6+ Kg7 gxh7 I usually continue with Nf6 and not Rxh7 although both moves should work...

One would think that the opening is an entire desaster but after Qh5 my results with it (against equally strong players in games up to 10 minutes) are really good (and my results against it were bad until I discovered Bc4)

both, the black and the white version are judged by fritz as +2 or so, but in actual play it is not so easy to actually win the position, especially after the Queen is vulnerable...

a great opening :D I love it

May-06-06  Phi: I play the elephant gambit as well, but of course only in blitz game. As white, the kings gambit is my first choice with classic time control, but I didn't have the guts to play 3.Kf2 so far. :)
May-06-06  Shajmaty: <chessmoron: the worst move is 14...Nf6--I think f6 should be better> Even after 14... f6; 15. Rh2, Qg6; 16. Bd3, White's compensation is huge. Bigger mistakes were 19... Nc8? (instead of 19... Ng6) and, of course, 20...Ng4??
May-06-06  Shajmaty: I believe 7... d6 is not the best move at all. I would have played 7... d5 (preventing a future Bc4) or even 7... Bd6, quickening Black King Wing development.
May-06-06  SlashZ: Crazy opening... I have to be drunk to play something like this... ^^ Not within my play range, you know...
May-06-06  weev: Truly sensational.

There is the art of chess of luring your opponent into a confidence beyond their reach, and then stinging them.

This is such a game.

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