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Federico Cirabisi vs Verter Cugini
"Imperia Stormtrooper" (game of the day Mar-08-2012)
Imperia Open (1992), Imperia, Italy, rd 6
French Defense: Wing Gambit (C00)  ·  1-0



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Feb-10-06  popski: I found this opening useful & fun in blitz games against french opening lovers. They usualy knows main Winawer and few other main lines, but most of them aren't familiar with this funny wing gambit.
Jun-27-07  mastrocira: 15)...Kxh8
16)Qh5+ Kg8
17)g6 and mate
Jun-27-07  Chicago Chess Man: After 11. h4, I would've thought a 2200 player would've seen the bishop sac coming. It's a fairly obvious trick.
Jul-26-10  jbtigerwolf: It's mate soon if Black moves his King to either square. A well-prepared attack, but I'm not sure this is enough reason to adopt this line... but it's worth study.

Sacrificing a bishop, knight and rook; White knew the Queen and pawn with structure would be enough. Skilful.

Dec-22-11  Whitehat1963: Wednesday puzzle after 11...f6.
Mar-08-12  pawnofdeath: has anyone considered this?

15. ...Kf7
16. g6 Ke8

?? suddenly not a mate...

or 15. ...Kf7
16. Qf3 Ke8 (or Bf6 or Nf6?)

unless i'm looking at something wrong....

Mar-08-12  GoodchildTrevor: <pawnofdeath>: After 15...Kf7, instead of Qf3 white should reply Qh5+ followed by 16...g6 17. Qh7+ Ke8 18. Qxg6#.
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  WannaBe: <pawnofdeath> after 15...Kf7 16. Qh5
Mar-08-12  Oceanlake: A French player might go 4... b6. After accepting the pawn and seeing 5. a3, a book recommends 5.. d4
Mar-08-12  xthred: A thing of beauty.
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  WannaBe: I recall my first college football game, that I attended in person, we were facing the Wildcats; and U of Ariz. marching band would always strike up the 'Imperial March'.

A friend of mine turned to me and says "Why do they play that song, the Empire lost."

Unfortunately, for our football team, that day, the Empire won.

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  AylerKupp: An interesting opening. After either 6.Bxa3 or 8.Ba3 it would take on some of the characteristics of the Benko Gambit with colors reversed. White would have plenty of open lines on the q-side and Black would be stuck with the usual French bad LSB.
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  Once: No, no, no! As a lifelong french player, I have to protest. We can't let this happen to our beloved opening.

The French requires a little more patience than this. So we shouldn't be in such a hurry to push c5, grab queenside pawns or to castle. White gets way too much fun in this game.

Instead of 3...c5 I'd prefer 3...b6

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Black prepares c5 and the sneaky Ba6 when he gets to exchange off his bad LSB for white's good one.

Or there's the waiting 3...Bd7. And again we are thinking about how to activate or swap this bishop. But grab lots of prawns and then castle into a raging sacrificial attack? Non, merci.

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  whiteshark: You don't underestimate teh French Wing Gambit again, do you?
Mar-08-12  goldenbear: <oceanlake> 5.d4 is neccessary for White, with sufficient compensation no matter how black plays, in my opinion.
Mar-08-12  goldenbear: Also, if 3.b6!?, then 4.g3 retains as many pieces as possible and Black often has difficulty developing both his King's knight and his King's bishop. They tend to be tripping over eachother.
Mar-08-12  newzild: There's nothing wrong with 3...c5 4. b4 b6, and nor is there anything wrong with 3...g6, intending to develop with Bg7, Ne7 and 0-0. This could transpose into a King's Indian Attack.

Black just has to be careful not to castle into an attack.

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  Penguincw: Not the smartest idea. Taking a knight in exchange for eventually your king.
Mar-08-12  Garech: IMO 4...b6 is the correct move against the wing gambit, as in

K Rukhaia vs L Mkrtchian, 2001

Along with <Once> I am a lifetime French player; Cugini truly does not play in French style in this game, snapping up pawns and castling into exactly the king of outrageous caveman attack one has to be careful to avoid "si on allez a la francais".


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  kevin86: It is crystal clear that after 15...♔xh8 16 ♕h5+ ♔g8 17 g6 mousetrap!
Mar-08-12  erniecohen: could somebody explain the pun?
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  OhioChessFan: Imperial Stormtroopers were a military Corps in Star Wars. This game was played in the Imperia Open.
Mar-08-12  goodevans: The analysis says <13...Kg8! 14.Nxe6 Qb6!> after which <15.Nbc7 Ncxe5 16.d4> becomes hideously complicated. I wouldn't like to play either side of that position. I'm pretty sure I could find a loss either way.
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  OhioChessFan: <ge> I assume you meant <15. Nec7> since 15. Nbc7 Ncxe5 eventually wins the e Knight. Playing 15. d4 first is also an interesting option.
Mar-08-12  erniecohen: <<OhioChessFan>: Imperial Stormtroopers were a military Corps in Star Wars. This game was played in the Imperia Open.>

Ah, I missed the tournament name. So it was bad enough that puns were basically on player names, now we're going to have puns on the tournament name? I suppose next comes puns that work for any game whatsoever.

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