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Lee Passmoor vs Leif E Warstad
"Larger than Leif" (game of the day Jul-25-2006)
L2..0.00002 (1999) (correspondence), IECG email corr, rd 1, Jul-19
Four Knights Game: Halloween Gambit (C46)  ·  1-0



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Oct-31-05  Saruman: 12.-a6 is of course a serious blunder.
Oct-31-05  Xeeniner: interesting windmill
Jul-25-06  aw1988: This is correspondence? Ack! I can do better in over the board games.
Jul-25-06  Longbrow: ooophhh...where's the fight?
Jul-25-06  harcee sarmiento: 12... a6? very amature mistake.
Jul-25-06  backyard pawn: a6? certainly looked ugly to me too. But did black have any redeeming moves instead? His king, rooks and bishops are all prisoners of his back rank, most of his pawns can't move. He could grab the pawn at b2, but that ignores the problem of his trapped King and white's advanced outpost for his knight. Even trying to give back a piece by Bxd6 in order to develop his kingside will still leave black seriously behind in development, with his king stuck in the middle.
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  jahhaj: The Halloween Attack. Very scary.

What's the refutation (I'm assuming there is one)?

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  Phony Benoni: Here's an article on the gambit from Tim Krabbé.

Jul-25-06  kackhander: from searching the database it seems 5...Ng6 as opposed to 5...Nc6 improves black's chances considerably. he can side-step the advancing pawns and pick them off then trade down.
Jul-25-06  kackhander: this is the second time this year that game of the day has featured wins for white in the halloween attack. it's pretty, but can't be sound with accurate play. maybe a good surprise opening for blitz.
Jul-25-06  crptone: A correspondence game !?! haha
I'm surprised black didn't resign earlier.White will win the queen within the next few moves
Jul-25-06  Kwesi: Apparently, a refutation of the Halloween attack is:

4.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.d4 Nc6 6.d5 Bb4! 7.dxc6 Nxe4 8.Qd4 Qe7
(Jan Pinski)

Jul-25-06  psmith: <Kwesi> Thanks for that -- that's a good line -- hanging on to the material may be theoretically best, but giving it back for a slight plus (which is what this line does) is a much better practical choice and bound to take the wind out of the gambiteer's sails.

So, I'll remember that if ever I encounter this opening.

Jul-25-06  xKinGKooLx: This is the line Chessmaster 9000 gives as being the best for both sides: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nxe5 Nxe5 5. d4 Ng6 6. e5 Ng8 7. Bc4 d6! 8. Qf3 Qd7! 9. O-O dxe5 10. dxe5 Nxe5 11. Re1 Bd6 12. Bf4 f6 13. Bb5! c6 14. Rad1! Qe6 15. Qg3! Kf8! 16. Bxe5 Bxe5 17. f4 cxb5 18. fxe5 Qb6+! 19. Kh1 Bf5.

After this long line Black is up a piece for a pawn, but White has a big lead in development, with rooks on both central files, and all his pieces out. His King looks safer, too.

By the way, this opening is also known as the Leipzig Gambit.

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  kevin86: Here we have a very strange windwill-nvolving a knight and bishop. Very effective,as white gobbles up queen and rook.

Zukertort had a similar one on the king side-in which he gave up his queen to capture queen and rook.

Jul-25-06  Fast Gun: If 4.Nxe5 leads to a forced win for white then I will give up chess and take up draughts or backgammon instead: No way is Nxe5?? a sound move, such a move is a gesture of contempt, how was it possible for white to win this game? It is supposed to be a postal game!!
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  sfm: <Fast Gun: ... No way is Nxe5?? a sound move, such a move is a gesture of contempt ...> I agree! Now read the article linked by "Phony Benoni" below..! ;-)
May-27-09  WhiteRook48: why not 15 Nd5+ winning the Q right away?
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  Bubo bubo: <WhiteRook48> Counterquestion: Why just win the Q if you can get Q+R for the same price?
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  Alex Schindler: Knight and bishop windmill isn't something you see every day... But then, neither is someone losing to the Halloween gambit!
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Alex,

It does however have an incredible winning record on the lower boards. (where the real man-chess is played.)

Sep-04-15  JaylenL: In regards Pinski line what's wrong with 8.Qg4. ?
Sep-04-15  JaylenL: 8.cxd7 followed by 9.Bd2
Jun-29-18  takchess: I have played this exact game on Quite satisfying.
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