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Jean-Marc Degraeve vs Cyril Marcelin
French Championship (2002), Val d'Isere, France, rd 11, Aug-30
King's Gambit: Accepted. Ghulam-Kassim Gambit (C37)  ·  0-1



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Oct-14-04  InspiredByMorphy: Why not 14.Qh5 followed by 15.Qh6 ?
Oct-14-04  maoam: <InspiredByMorphy>

14...Nd7 attacking the f6 pawn.

Oct-14-04  InspiredByMorphy: <maoam> 15.Ne5 defending the f6 pawn.
Dec-24-08  KingG: White could have tried 10.Be5! f6 11.Qh5+ Kf8 12.Bd4, with what looks like a strong attack. White has ideas like Nc3, Rae1, e5(followed by d6). Meanwhile Black has some problems developing his pieces.

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As for <InspiredByMorphy>'s suggestion of 15.Qh5!(I assumed this is what he meant because otherwise 14.Qh5 Nd7 wins for Black), play might continue 15.Qh5 Rg8 16.Rae1 Nd7 17.Ne4 Nge5 18.Bd3!(18.Ng5!? Rxg5, although this leads to an unclear position) gives a strong attack.

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This goes to show that even at a fairly high level these old gambits can be perfectly playable. Evens such a strong player as Michael Adams lost in a related line Fedorov vs Adams, 1997.

Dec-03-11  Lashab: Without engine analysis, 10. e5 seems a blunder to me. (But Be7 fails to Qxb7, there is no mate)

Be7 was mentioned here for a way to refrain black from castling and have a chance.

Then the main line should be if f6 is answered: 10. e5 f6 11. Qh5+ Kf8 12. e5(! white can't allow Nd7 with slow Nc3) dxe5(forced) 13. d6(mate threat) Qe8(Qd7 loses to Nc3 followed with Ne4) 14.Qh4 Nd7(best hope) 15. Nc3 ... 16. Bxf6 and White should win.

BUT, what if Queen just takes that bishop? There is no mate there!

May-27-16  Christoforus Polacco: Concept with 30.Ra4 is invalid. From this moment black obtains advantage.

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