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Robert Pikler vs Josef Rejfir
"A Pretty Pickle" (game of the day Feb-16-2014)
Kecskemet (1927)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Breyer Gambit (C33)  ·  0-1



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Feb-16-14  Mr Bigz: Can't suggest 3. Qf3. 3. Nf3 is more preferable.
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  Phony Benoni: With openings like this, it's no wonder Breyer was pessimistic about 1.e4.

Of course it's not that simple. It never is. But Black does exactly what you're supposed to to against an early queen move: develop early and often, seizing the initiative with the help of pushing the queen around.

White winds up giving away the exchange twice, reducing his chances of castling into safety. Then things get messy. The final position isn't mate or anything, but enough is enough.

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  AylerKupp: I would say that giving up the exchange twice <definitely> reduces your chances of castling.
Feb-16-14  Tim Delaney: Put me in the school of thought that this game just doesn't qualify as GOTD. It's not even a great pun. White breaks all the principles of good chess and loses quickly. Ummm, what's the lesson?
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  Phony Benoni: <Tim Delaney> The lesson is that if you're going to play like this, change your name to something less punnable.
Feb-16-14  shivasuri4: <Tim Delaney: Ummm, what's the lesson?> To not develop your queen early, unless a particular opening prescribes it.
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  offramp: <Tim Delaney: Put me in the school of thought that this game just doesn't qualify as GOTD. It's not even a great pun.>

Let's face it, GoTD puns are like the Groucho Club. Clever puns will not get votes in the Pun Voting Booth.

Feb-16-14  actinia: lately there have been some real massacres presented as games of the day. this game isn't that satisfying, since it was interesting until about move 6. d4? and white loses by force.
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  OhioChessFan: "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind"
Feb-16-14  morfishine: This game leaves a sour taste, like I drank a cup of vinegar

At move 3, White has a best move, and 3.Qf3 isn't it

I guess Pikler was trying to jar things open down the f-file


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  FSR: The best thing you can say about this game is that White played a bit better in this King's Gambit than White did in Wiede vs A Goetz, 1880. But the latter (OK, chronologically earlier) game was more memorably explained by <Phony Benoni> (see his June 7, 2009 comment to it).
Feb-16-14  morfishine: <FSR> Great story by <Phony Benoni>!
Feb-16-14  calculus: It's interesting that Capablanca routinely played 3 Qf3 when playing the King's Gambit.
Feb-16-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Too often the King's Gambit results in positions that Black should be willing to sacrifice to achieve.
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  perfidious: <calculus: It's interesting that Capablanca routinely played 3 Qf3 when playing the King's Gambit.>

For Capa to have played Breyer's idea twice in six KGAs hardly qualifies as routine, even allowing that he might not have been aware of 3.Qf3 in the two games played pre-1922.

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  kevin86: White is down a double exchange and two pawns. Why resign? Maybe he was too pickled to play on.
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