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Alexander Graf vs Karsten Mueller
75th German Championship (2004), Hoeckendorf GER, rd 4, Feb-02
Budapest Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A52)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: White sets a double poisoned pawn trap with 19. Bf4! Black really has no choice but to take the bait, as his Gambit has him two pawns down and out of initiative.

After 21. Qd1!, White forces the win of the two pawns back with interest after 21...Qb4 22. Bxh7 or 21...Rxc2 22. Rxc2 .

Feb-17-04  kashparov72c5: Thanx for sharing that...
Feb-18-04  TrueFiendish: Well, the purpose of this site is to share just such observations...
Feb-18-04  drukenknight: if you are down in material you really want to avoid exchanges. Why 14...NxN? 14...Ne5 makes better since it is one step closer to giving check on f3.

ANd yes I know if ..Nf3+ gxf3. Duh. But look at the open g file maybe that R can get down there.

Speaking of patzers comments, yes there are poison pawns all over. But what if blacks Q had grabbed the a pawn at the first moment? Equality?

Still good to see someone hang on for 20 moves in this crazy defense.

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  MoonlitKnight: Actually, there have been some tight struggles in the Budapest the last years. For an interesting game, check out Vallejo Pons vs Romero Holmes, 2002 although white wins here as well. Or see my Game Collection: A52 - The Budapest Gambit :)
Feb-18-04  drukenknight: see? every time black goes in for exchanges that begins his downfall, if he is behind in material he cant just go for exchanges otherwise the game of chess would be too easy for anyone behind.

why 7...BxN? is there anything better?

12...f5 more exchanges, just take the d pawn

Feb-19-04  Cyphelium: <patzer2> After 21.- Qb4, perhaps 22. Bxc7! is even more to the point.
Jul-29-04  jsastre48: How about 17....Bxc5 interfering with o-o and keeping the white king more exposed.
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  perfidious: After reviewing Mueller's games, one is left with the impression that his opening choice was made in order to avoid the preparation of his strong, solid opponent, who would surely have something ready for him.

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