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Bazela vs Vaclav Mares
"Your Worst Knight Mares" (game of the day Nov-01-2007)
CSR corr (1992) (correspondence), corres CSA
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Modern Transfer (C32)  ·  0-1

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Nov-01-07  miguel12: Not sure if 12...Bxh3 is sound, but it is oh so pretty.
Nov-01-07  fictionist: <miguel12> Not sure if 12...Bxh3 is sound, but it is oh so pretty.

For me, it is sound. The idea is to bust open White's kingside in exchange for 2 pawns and well,some tactical threats as you saw.

Nov-01-07  t3hPolak: Strangely, I actually think 29. Rxe3 is probably the better option here.
Nov-01-07  jacklovecaissa: i forgot when, but somebody suggest a pun 'knightmare' recently. and cg must have making note of it. i like to suggest... good knight, bazela. :)
Nov-01-07  patzerboy: Considering that after the sacrifice is made, Black has all of his pieces in play except his Bishop (which needs only one move to bring to bear on White's kingside), and White has his queenside Rook and Knight still stuck on their original squares (and needs at least two moves to begin to deploy them effectively, moves he does not have to spare), then I would say that the sacrifice is perfectly sound since Black is, in effect, playing a piece up!
Nov-01-07  Samagonka: Something will certainly go wrong after following e4 with f4, and then doubling your middle pawns before other pieces develop. These are the openning moves I love to see my partners play! Veeez Knight!!!
Nov-01-07  D4n: Black set this up very very well.
Nov-01-07
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  playground player: I don't know that the Falkbeer is sound, but it sure is fun.
Nov-01-07  Chessmensch: There is some curious play here. Black neglected to develop his center and exposed his queen very early (and kept it exposed). He also didn't put the rook onto the open e-file until move 20 while it was open most of the game. Still, he went on to win. In some ways black's play reminds me of some of the weaker chess programs. They neglect development and just keep attacking every weakness the opponent has.
Nov-01-07
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  kevin86: It looked like white was going to withstand the attack when he captured black's pesky knight-but to his doom,there was another horse left in the stall.

If white had played Kg1 on his 31st turn,he would have been mated by Rh1-a brutal,but effective mate-like the New England Patriot victories in the NFL.

Note,all four of the non-royal pieces are used.

Nov-01-07  Fanques Fair: First clear mistake by White might have been 12- Bf2. 12- Bh2 seems more solid, keeping an eye at f4, where that black knight stood at the game. After 12-..., Bh5, 13- Nbd2 White at least is developing his pieces, although Black´s position seems more active.
Nov-01-07  zdigyigy: 5.Be2 is too passive. White allows the black queen in the center for too long. 5.Nc3 or 5.c4 are much better IMO. White just rolled over in this game.
Nov-01-07  Udit Narayan: hey, nice pun!
Nov-01-07  xrt999: < playground player: I don't know that the Falkbeer is sound, but it sure is fun.>

The Falkbeer has a winning record for white in modern top level play, so its sound. On the other hand, of course, looking at all the kings gambit games ever played in modern top level play, you will see that simply taking the pawn leads to a resounding win-loss record for black. White playing f4 is just plain dubious, unless you KNOW that black is going to decline, then it is sound. Make sense?

In other words, all other responses (including the Falkbeer counter gambit) other than accepting the pawn ever played leads to a winning record for white.

If you are playing a weaker player, and you are very skilled in all the nuances and intricacies that accompany the KG then maybe, just maybe you could rationalize playing the KG.

Again, if you are skilled in the KG. If not, as in the case above, white just gets demolished in forceful style. By move 7 black has castled queenside and all his pieces are attacking in brutal fashion. After 10...h5 white might as well resign.

Nov-01-07  tacite: Why not 29.Rxe3? After it's 29...Rxe3 30.Kxg2 and white still can play, no?

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