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Tatiana Kosintseva vs Leonid Nikolayevich Yurtaev
4th Stage Russian Cup (2002), Samara RUS, rd 4, Jul-29
Philidor Defense: Alapin-Blackburne Gambit (C41)  ·  0-1



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  patzer2: Black gets an initiative that lasts the entire game with this seldom played gambit in the Philidor. I'm convinced that the gambit is sound and that with a little home analysis, black-side Philidor players can catch a lot of strong players by surprise with it.
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  patzer2: With 52...c4, black uses his pawn majority to crack open white's defenses, setting up two consecutive pins to first create and then queen a passed pawn.
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  nasmichael: Yurtaev makes good use of initiative to keep White from making the responses she expected. Black makes solid propositions in the end that White is not able to answer.
Nov-03-04  aw1988: Doubtful that it makes a good opening choice, <patzer2>. I'm not all that strong and every time I play against it my opponent gets crushed.
Mar-13-05  soberknight: I don't understand 14 Ne3. Doesn't 14 Be3 make more sense?
Mar-13-05  elbowkey: To soberknight: If 14 Be3, 14...Qxf5 wins a piece.
Mar-13-05  aw1988: I think 14. Be3 Bxe3 15. Qxe3 Nd5 and if 16. Nxd5 then Qxd5.
Mar-13-05  aw1988: Gah! 14. Be3 Qxf5. I am blind.
Jun-06-05  lopium: I think white could have won, but lost his little material advantage and his position got bad.
Jul-06-09  newzild: 4...Nd7 5.exd6 Bxd6 is called the Duke of Brunswick Gambit and is considered dubious, although this game clearly demonstrates that white must be careful. 8...Bxe2 is somewhat unusual in this line, but works out well in this case.

In terms of possible improvements for white, the sequence 13.Qf2 and 14.Ne3 looks inferior - it would have been better to put the bishop on e3 or the knight on d4, away from the line of fire of black's Q and R battery.

32.Ne2 was also dubious. White should have played 32.b3. This would have restricted the mobility of the black knight and helped to safeguard white's q-side pawns, which later proved weak.

42.Rd2? was probably the decisive mistake. 42.Re1 looks better, when white has good drawing chances.

Jan-07-10  tibone: If I remember correctly stefan buecker has dealt with this gambit in his book on the englund gambit and recommended 6.Be2 with advantage for white. but i donīt remember the lines he gives as a proof.
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