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Max Illingworth vs Zhao Zong-Yuan
Australian Open (2011), NSLCC, Cammeray NSW, rd 4, Jan-05
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Maroczy Bind Bronstein Variation (B41)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  whiteshark: <The Illingworth Gambit>

"The Kan (or Paulsen) Sicilian has a well deserved reputation of being solid yet very flexible, and it is far from easy to prove an advantage against it. The gambit I propose against the critical <5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bb4 (7.Bd3 Nc6 8.0-0!)> is not only very surpris­ing, but also puts Black under immediate pressure and offers good chances of achiev­ing an edge out of the opening. This means that the gambit can be effective even against an opponent who is aware of the line."

Max Illingworth, in SOS, vol.14

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  whiteshark: <8.0-0!>

"Astonishing! I have a confession to make at this point - I did not come up with this idea independently. It was proposed by 'brabo' on ChessPub Forum, and this gambit was discussed by some of the members of the Forum. However, as I am the first (and at the time of writing, only) person to play this gambit in a tournament game, I think it is fair to call 8.0-0 the <'Illingworth Gambit'>."


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