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Stephen Brady vs Mark Heidenfeld
IRL-ch (1991), Limerick IRL, rd 4, Jul-16
King's Gambit: Accepted. Double Muzio Gambit (C37)  ·  0-1



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  patzer2: Heidenfield resurfaces an old idea from Showalter vs Taubenhaus, 1889 in the Muzio variation of the King's Gambit Accepted with 9. ..Qf5, and plays a few nice tactics to secure the victory. After the resigned position, 17. Kh3 Qg2+ 18. Kh4 Bf2+ 19. Rxf2 Qxf2+ would likely follow if white wishes to prolong the agony.
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  patzer2: According to Fritz 8, the move 9. ..Qf4!, as played in this game, is a win for black against this main line variation in the Muzio Gambit. I put it to Fritz 8 and it found a decisive win for black after every reasonable white response:

(-2.44) 10. Bxf4 Nf6 11. Be6 Qxf3 12. Rxf3 Be7

(-3.34) 10. g4 Qg6 11. Qxf4+

(-3.47) 10. Nc3 Nf6 11. Qxf4 Qxf4 12. Bxf4 d6 13. Bg5 Nd7 14. Bxf6 Nxf6

(-4.19) 10. Qb3+ Qe6 11. Qd3 Nf6 12. Bxf4 Na6 13. Be5 Bg7 14. Nc3

(-4.19) 10. Na3 Bh6 11. Bxf4 Bxf4 12. Qxf4 Qxf4 13. Rxf4+ Kg7

(-4.19) 10. Qb3+ Qe6 11. Qd3 Nf6 12. Bxf4 Na6 13. Be5 Bg7

If this assessment holds, then one of the most popular and frequently played lines in the Muzio gambit is a bust in favor of black after only nine moves. Yet, what I find even more amazing is that the move 9. Qf4! in this variation has been known since Showalter vs Taubenhaus, 1889 and was mostly ignored until this game.

Jun-13-05  LuckyBlunder: Another KGA Muzio line can be seen in Shirov vs J Lapinski, 1990, where Shirov performs a brilliant win for white. :)
Oct-25-06  Bob726: <patzer 2> You must mean 9. Qf5!
Feb-21-07  Needle: How about 10.g4 Qg6 11.Bxf4 ?

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