Ct art and the Muzio
light ct-art training again. grumble,grumble,grumble
I am playing King gambit as much as I can and am accepting it to help me learn my play as white. I did accept a Muzio Gambit yesterday and lived to tell about it.
Fortunately my opponent ran out of time before he could finish me off.
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.0–0 gxf3 6.Qxf3 Qe7 7.Qxf4 Nh6 8.d4 Nc6 9.c3 d6 10.Qf3 Bg4 11.Bxf7+ Qxf7 12.Qg3 Qd7 13.Qh4 Rg8 14.Bxh6 Bxh6 15.Qxh6 0–0–0 16.Nd2 Qg7 17.Qh4 Bd1 18.Qh3+ Bg4 19.Qh4 Qg5 20.Qxg5 Rxg5 21.Rf7 Bh3 22.g3 h5 23.Nf3 Rg4 24.Re1 h4 25.Nxh4 b6 26.Nf3 Rgg8 27.Nh4 Be6 28.Rf6 Bxa2 29.d5 Na5 30.b4 Nc4 31.Rf2 Bb3 32.Rb1 Ba4 33.Ra1 Bb5 34.Rxa7 Kd7 35.Rf7+ Ke8 36.Raxc7 Bd7 37.Rfxd7 Rxd7 38.Rxc4 Rf8 39.Nf5 Rdf7
I was interesting in Tempo's comment about the Muzio being drawish above 2000. I looked at the www.chessbase.com database and searched positions for Muzio positions.
It pulled up 1000 games and in my unscientific cursory view feel that it is not drawish. (this statistic sampling may not be valid since chessbase.com shows only 1000 games and the program may sellect wins first and then draws. )
These games showed the Muzio being accepted in the vast majority of the cases.There were plenty of wins on both the black and white side of the board. I do think it is a very sharp opening for both sides and requires accurate play for the win. I'd be interested Tempo if ever you get a chance to play it against a 2000 player what your experience would be like.
I did buy Jude Acers book on the Italian Gambit and Estrin's Gambit book and await their arrival. I also recieved a Koltanowki pamphlet on the Max Lange Attack which I like.