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Simon Kim Williams vs Sam E Collins
Bunratty Classic (2015), Bunratty IRL, rd 4, Feb-20
King's Gambit: Accepted. Abbazia Defense (C36)  ·  0-1



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Feb-21-15  SimplicityRichard: 46. Kxe5??; a blunder in a technically drawn endgame. 46. Rxe5 would have sealed the draw in this complex King's Gambit. The Abbazia Defence was proved highly effective in 1912 King's Gambit Themed Tournament. And Botvinnik's used it successfully against Bronstein in 1952, albeit Bronstein's 15th move c4 being the culprit in the loss for White; 15.Bxf4 would have sealed all the advantages for White in the King's Gambit position. It appears that in the Abbazia defence where White plays 5.Bc4, the idea behind this move is quick development, early castling; neglect of castling leads to serious problems for White as in Spassky v. Gary Lane (1979).

According to software, 5.c4 ensures comfortable play for White but leads to a drawish game. Perhaps better after 5.Bc4 Nd5 would be 6.Bxd5, where White maintains tempo to develop faster as in Fedorov v. Yusupov (1999).

Just some thoughts on this particular game. Both consensus or disagreement welcome.#

Feb-21-15  Garech: Maybe Williams threw the game in a bid to help Collins get his third and final GM norm (although there was still a mountain to climb after this game).

Stranger things have happened...


Feb-22-15  SimplicityRichard: Ahh. A very interesting take; not at all improbable.#
Feb-27-15  akiba82: I believe Williams is being maligned by such speculation. There is no history of unethical behavior on his part.
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  OhioChessFan: Most really awful moves are nothing more than missing a possible response. I bet if we asked him, Williams would say he'd calculated 46. Kxe5 Rxc3 to a draw in all lines and simply overlooked 46..Rc5+.

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