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George Walker vs Hyacinthe Henri Boncourt
Paris (1838), Paris FRA, Dec-??
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Slow Variation (C52)  ·  0-1



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Oct-27-02  tulkos: move 12---the long fork!
Jul-07-05  Knight13: 10. Bxf7+ Kxf7 11. fxe5+ Kg8 12. Qf3 is better!

Good game.

Jul-07-05  Shams: <Knight13> but 12...Ng5 seems to hold for black, doesn't it? looks to me like white's attack just wasn't enough.
Jul-07-05  Knight13: <<Knight13> but 12...Ng5 seems to hold for black, doesn't it? looks to me like white's attack just wasn't enough.> 13. h4! and White wins a Knight. :)
Jul-07-05  Shams: ...but drops his queen, 13...Nxf3+
Jul-07-05  Knight13: < ...but drops his queen, 13...Nxf3+> I think I missed something... My chess computer suggested that line too but i forgot what to do on move 13.
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  tpstar: I wonder about 8. f4!? - it blasts open the f file and works great after 8 ... h6?! 9. Nxf7! Rxf7 10. Bxf7+ Kxf7 11. fe Nxe5 12. Qh5+ Ng6 13. Qxa5 and White wins the exchange. But Black might try 8 ... Bb6+ first, then 9. Kh1 h6 10. Nf3 Nxe4 and White doesn't have much for 2 Pawns, also 11 ... Nf2+ is on. Note 8 ... Nxe4!? 9. Nxe4 d5 (the Fork Trick) regaining the piece.
Jul-07-05  aw1988: You appear to be quite fond of the fork trick, I'll watch for that in our correspondence games.
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  tpstar: That's why they call me Fork Trick Daddy on the West Sayeed.
Jul-08-05  InspiredByMorphy: <tpstar> Whats up Fork Trick Daddy?! Great name. I can hear the bass thumping now. You know how much I like to push the f pawn so I had to try and find something for white in your line. 8. ...Bb6+ 9.Kh1 h6 10.Nxf7 Rxf7 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 11.fxe5 Nxe5 12.d4 N(moves) 13.e5 appears to win a piece for white. Let me know if Im missing a defensive resource for black.
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  tpstar: <InspiredByMorphy> Your line is clean and wins the exchange for a Pawn. Good pick-up. So maybe 8 ... Bb6+ 9. Kh1 Nxe4!? since the Ba5 is no longer hanging.
Jul-10-05  InspiredByMorphy: <tpstar> After 8. ...Bb6+ 9.Kh1 Nxe4 10.Nxf7 Rxf7 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 12.fxe5+ white wins the gambited pawn back, but the position is equal after...Nf2+ 13.Kg1 Kg8 14.Qb3+ Kh8 15.d4 Although I prefer whites position because of piece mobility, black's position is snug, and material is even.
Jul-10-05  InspiredByMorphy: 10. fxe5? was a blunder. Reason being is 12. ...Bb6+ 13.d4 Kxf7 and black is up a piece. Therefore the straight ahead 10.Bxf7+ Kxf7 11.exf5+ was better.
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  tpstar: <InspiredByMorphy> It took me a while to get 12 ... Kg8?! 13. Qf3 winning the Ne4 outright, otherwise 14. Qf7+ is Mate in Three. But can't Black retreat 15. d4 Ng4 with 2 pieces for a Rook? 16. Qf7 Qg8 should work (16 ... Nh6!? is horribly ugly) for the back rank problem, plus 17 ... Ngxe5 is on since the Pd4 is pinned.

These positions are right up your alley. Do you play Evans Gambit as White? If not, you should. =)

Jul-11-05  InspiredByMorphy: <tpstar> After 8. ...Bb6+ 9.Kh1 Nxe4 10.Nxf7 Rxf7 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 12.fxe5+ Kg8 13.Qf3 Ng4 guards blacks position.

After 8. ...Bb6+ 9.Kh1 Nxe4 10.Nxf7 Rxf7 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 12.fxe5+ Nf2+ 13.Kg1 Kg8 14.Qb3+ Kh8 15.d4 Ng4 white gets a nice developing move with 16.Bg5 Qg8 17.Kh1 (avoiding the threat of 17. ...Nxd4) white controls the center and the queen rook is closer to getting in the game than black's. It is true black has two of whites pieces for the rook but I am of the opinion that in this position blacks king is in need of at least some protection (of which the rook would have contributed. Hence 16. ...Qg8) I think it is therefore safe to say the position is nothing more than equal (although I still prefer white's position due to black's being defensive.)

Thanks for comment on the Evans gambit. Perhaps Ill start playing it more. The reason I haven't played it more is because I dont like playing against 3. ...Nf6 which is the more common reply nowadays. The most aggressive line 4.Ng5 can be countered with black gaining the initiative after 4. ...d5 and if there is anybody gambiting a pawn I want it to be me! :)

Jul-12-05  Cyphelium: <tpstar & IBM> A simple solution for a sunday league match, when you've barely woken up yet, might be 8.- ♗b6+ 9. ♔h1 d5!? 10. exd5 ♘xd5 which looks perfectly alright. Black has pawn and is ahead in development.
Nov-17-08  sneaky pete: Position after 8.f4 ..

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Staunton, <Handbook> (1847), has another game from the same period George Walker vs F Slous which continued 8... d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Ba3 Nxf4! (recommended in the earliest edition of Bilguer's <Handbuch>; another source states that this <perfectly satisfactory defence> was invented by Mr. Burnett of Edinburgh) 11.Rxf4 Qxg5 12.Rf1 Bb6+ 13.d4 Be6 14.Bxe6 fxe6 15.Rxf8+ Rxf8 16.Bxf8 Kxf8 17.Nd2 exd4 18.Nc4 dxc3+ 19.Nxb6 axb6 20.Qd7 Qe7 21.Rf1+ Kg8 22.Qc8+ Nd8 23.Rd1 c2

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Something has gone wrong, for white can win here with 24.Qxd8+ Qxd8 25.Rxd8+ Kf7 26.Rd7+ K moves 27.Rxc7 .. etc

24.Rxd8+? Kf7 25.Rf8+ Qxf8 26.Qxc7+ Qe7 27.Qxc2 Qc5+ and black wins.

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