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Nigel Short vs Vladimir Akopian
Madrid (1997), Madrid ESP, rd 5, May-26
King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense (C34)  ·  1-0



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Jan-26-04  InspiredByMorphy: ?? I dont know what to say about this game besides, its one of the wierdest Kings gambit games Ive seen by far.
Apr-26-04  valerianus: It must be. I agree, though putting a King on d2 is not unusual; Bronstein did it once with a computer (he won, LOL)...OK, so maybe it is an unusual KGA...
Aug-29-04  mack: L Day vs G Johnstone, 1994
Feb-26-05  InspiredByMorphy: Interesting how white offers to exchange queens while a pawn down. It seems to open whites position up.
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  plang: It is too bad Short stopped playing the Kings Gambit; he had some success with it. It must take guts to play 9 g3 although 9..f3 is considered to be an inferior response as it gives white too much center control. The improvement 11..Qf4 was played shortly after this game by Pinter against Fedorov which ended in a draw. 14 Qd2 shows that short has no problem converting to a pawn down endgame where he is better developed and has control of the center. 15..d5 is criticized for opening the center before blacks development was completed. 15..Be6 was recommended. With 17..o-o Akopian gives back the pawn to avoid the pressure on the e file but white still has more space and blacks g pawn is weak.
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  tpstar: <plang> After 9. g3, one possible line is 9 ... f3 10. Nf4 Bg7 (hitting d4) 11. Be3 h5 and Black gets a playable game since the Kingside Pawn chain is secure (and features a protected passed Pawn). One drawback is that Black probably can't castle, so the idea is to hold the center quiet and keep trading toward the endgame. I'd be curious about your ideas. L Day vs L Morin, 1984
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  plang: In the line you quote white certainly has firm control of the center and a healthy lead in development. It doesn't look much fun to play as black. He will have to withstand a lot before he can think about utilising his f pawn.
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  fredthebear: 31...Ne8 looked like a blunder initially. 32.RxNe8 does win a piece, but it allows the Black g3-pawn to race to promotion. The White rook must decline the Black knight in order to guard White's back rank.

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