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King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit (C32)
1 e4 e5 2 f4 d5 3 exd5 e4 4 d3 Nf6

Number of games in database: 518
Years covered: 1790 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 53.3%
   Black wins 28.8%
   Draws 18.0%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Anthony Santasiere  10 games
Rudolf Spielmann  7 games
Paul Keres  6 games
Weaver Warren Adams  3 games
K H Kaehler  3 games
Yakov Estrin  3 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Bronstein vs Tal, 1968
Keres vs V Petrov, 1940
P Roth vs G Rajna, 1975
Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1923
E Schallopp vs Blackburne, 1896
Compx Chess 46 vs Short, 1977
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 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 518  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Philidor vs NN 1-0231790UnknownC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
2. J B vs C Craig 0-1171857USAC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
3. B Raphael vs Paulsen 0-15318571st American Chess CongressC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
4. de Riviere vs P Journoud 0-1391859Paris m/1C32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
5. E Pindar vs Kipping  1-0291861ManchesterC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
6. Blackburne vs Lewis 1-0251862Blindfold simul, 10bC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
7. Paulsen vs R Lichtenscheidt ½-½301863Blindfold simul, 10bC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
8. Steinitz vs E Cordner 1-0211865DublinC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
9. H Hosmer vs J A Congdon  1-02318743rd American Chess CongressC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
10. J A Congdon vs A Cohnfeld  0-12418805th American Chess CongressC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
11. E Schallopp vs Max Weiss  0-1341885HamburgC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
12. C Brocklebank vs J Higgs 1-0351888Australian ChampionshipC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. L Van Vliet vs J Mason 1-0331891LondonC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
14. Charousek vs Pillsbury ½-½501896NurembergC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
15. E Schallopp vs Blackburne 0-1201896NurembergC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
16. Winawer vs E Schallopp  1-0521896NurembergC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
17. Charousek vs W Cohn 1-0291897BerlinC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
18. K A Walbrodt vs H W Trenchard  1-0621898ViennaC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
19. Janowski vs Pillsbury 1-0501898ViennaC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
20. Charousek vs J N Berger 0-132189811th DSB Kongress, CologneC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
21. K Behting vs Ernst Brasche  1-01718991st Baltic Chess Congress- MajorC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
22. D Bleijkmans vs W Schwan  1-0421899DCA Congress 27thC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
23. Pillsbury vs W E Hardy  ½-½351900Blindfold simul, 12bC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
24. E Delmar vs W Napier 1-0211901BuffaloC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
25. Loman vs C H Sherrard  1-0291902MatchC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-11-06  KingG: The moves don't correspond to the position on the board.
Jan-12-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: Yes, and where is Schulten-Morphy?
Jan-24-06  Fischer of Men: I just added it.
Feb-12-06  Fischer of Men: Apparently that game is ECO C31 so it was already in the database.
Jul-07-06  Wassily: 8. ... Bf2+
Jul-07-06  KingG: <8. ... Bf2+> What about it?
Jan-08-08  crwynn: It's not good ;)
Feb-13-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  ganstaman: I used to be scared of the Falkbeer, but now I realize that it gives white similar developmental advantage and central control as the KGA without the investment of a pawn. I'm certainly not scared anymore.
Nov-28-10  rapidcitychess: A quick check with my shiny new MCO-15 reveals this gambit is pretty alright. Lots of and and and = floating around.

My gut says this must be pretty bad. You don't have the infamous ...Bb4+ of the Albin, so where's the good stuff? The central wedge seems short lived, and the pawn minus will take its toll.

Or maybe not.

Any resident experts on the Falkbeer??

Oct-01-11  DeReFormation: Are there any games of the Alapin V.(C32)
Oct-01-11  Shams: <DeReFormation> Can you give the moves, please?
Oct-01-11  MaxxLange: Sadly, White can just get a better ending, if they know their stuff, against a lot of the fun lines for Black
Oct-02-11  HSOL: Shams:
Alapin variation: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.d3 Nf6 5.dxe4 Nxe4 6.Nf3 Bc5 7.Qe2 Bf2+ 8.Kd1 Qxd5+ 9.Nfd2
Oct-02-11  Shams: <HSOL> Isn't that line just known to be bad for Black?
Oct-02-11  Shams: Even though the main lines favor White, I feel like Black can get pretty good play-- at least against me. Lately I've preferred Spassky's idea <1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.d3 Nf6 5.dxe4 Nxe4> as usual and now <6.Be3 Qh4+ 7.g3 Nxg3 8.Nf3 Qe7 9.Nxg3 Qxe3+ 10.Qe2 Qxe2+ 11.Bxe2> with a more comfortable ending.


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