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Nigel Short vs Luke McShane
London Chess Classic (2011), London ENG, rd 7, Dec-10
King's Gambit: Accepted. Becker Defense (C34)  ·  0-1



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Dec-10-11  knighterrant999: Didn't some eccentric teen bust the King's Gambit 4 decades ago?!
Dec-10-11  Ulhumbrus: Korchnoi called the King's gambit "a joke opening" but it cannot be that because Fischer, Spassky and Bronstein have all employed it. In particular Fischer would not have employed it without having prepared it after having come to the conclusion that it was sound.

However when Fischer played the King's gambit he employed the King's Bishop's gambit, and Short mentioned that he had employed the King's Bishop's gambit to defeat Kasparov.

One can only guess what the reault might have been had Short chosen the King's Bishop's gambit.

Dec-10-11  King Death: < Ulhumbrus: ...Short mentioned that he had employed the King's Bishop's gambit to defeat Kasparov.>

Just to keep this in perspective, here's the game with some background. Short vs Kasparov, 1993

Dec-10-11  bubuli55: I've read on 2 different writings of GMs quoted as saying they've made a living on King's Gambit. But how can you refute that game against Kasparov? :)
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  Penguincw: McShane doing very well in this tournament.
Dec-10-11  mrbasso: <Korchnoi called the King's gambit "a joke opening"> Seems like the old man is still sharp.
There is even a King's gambit book with his name on it, most likely written by Zak.
Dec-10-11  Calar: Peculiar trivia: all of McShane's wins in this tournament (so far) were achieved:

1. as Black
2. against his fellow Englishmen
3. in Open games (1.e4 e5)

Dec-10-11  King Death: Here's a game from Korchnoi's mature period where he plays this "joke opening": Korchnoi vs B Malich, 1972.

He doesn't like the King's Indian either, but he tried it in this psychologically desperate situation: Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1968.

Dec-10-11  Everett: Well, McShane likely saw 19..Qxa8?? 20.Ng5 f5 21.Qe6+. Basically his 19..Qb6, threatening his own mate, seems to win the game.
Dec-10-11  Rook e2: It's more fun to watch games like these than watching a dull QGD
Dec-11-11  eyalbd: AFAIK Korchnoi wrote the KG chapter for the Chess Encyclopedia in the 70's (Volume C)
Dec-12-11  mughug: On move 21 Fritz says its actually better for black to take the Knight and give up the Rook. I guess thats the type of stuff only engines can see.
Dec-16-11  Ulhumbrus: The advance 12 e5 loses at least one additional pawn as Black has the square e5 covered more than adequately. Suppose that instead of this White plays 12 Bh3. On 12 Bh3 Nxe3 13 Rxe3 0-0 14 Bf5! Black's f pawn is blockaded as well as backward and Black's King side pawns will be a target instead of a weapon until Black can free them to advance.

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