Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

One of the better King Gambit Games I've played

I haven't reviewed it fully yet to see the holes but felt like a very strong game. Tempo put me down for a new playchess rating high of 1638.

(3290) Takchess (1614) - L (1735) [C30]
Rated game, 20m + 6s Main Playing Hall, 13.06.2007

Cut and paste this game into this viewer

1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.c3 Bg4 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.fxe5 dxe5 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Nxe5+ Kg8 9.Nxg4 Nxg4 10.Qxg4 Nd7 11.Qe6+ Kf8 12.Rf1+ Nf6 13.e5 Qe7 14.Qf5 Kg8 15.d4 Bb6 16.Bg5 h6 17.Bxf6 gxf6 18.Qg4+ Kh7 19.Rxf6 Rhg8 20.Qf5+ Kg7 21.Qg6+ Kh8 22.Qxh6+ Qh7 23.Qf4 Rg6 24.Nd2 Rag8 25.0–0–0 c6 26.Rf5 Rxg2 27.Rf8 Rxh2 28.Rxg8+ Kxg8 29.Rg1+


  • At 10:40 AM, Blogger Loomis said…

    First, I thought you played really well and your attack was in command the whole time. But I think you get anxious in your games because I see you play alot of good attacking moves that are just short of best. In this game you have an opportunity at move 21.

    21. Rg6+ Kh8 22. Rxh6+ Kg7 (Qh7 Qxh7#) 23. Rh7#

    and if 21. ... Kh7 22. Re6+ and Kh8 is met by Rxh6+ same as before, while other moves allow Rxe7+ and mate soon.

    I also wonder if instead of 11. Rf1+ you can play 11. d4 and 12. 0-0+

  • At 1:16 PM, Blogger takchess said…

    Hi Loomis,
    Right again 8). I should of spent a little time on move 21.I played it very quickly. Saw it was still to my advantage but missed the best move.

  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger hisbestfriend said…

    A very nice, and very thematic kings gambit. It looks like you have grown into the gambit as well.

    There was one small tactic. 9. Qb3 which wins the bishop outright. But good thematic play is always good!

    Good game.

  • At 2:42 PM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    A sent the guy of the pgn viewer an e-mail. Maybe he can tell me what I'm doing wrong.

  • At 4:06 PM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    The problem of the pgn-viewer was caused by an add-on that I use with firefox: informEnter.

    Nice game. He clearly had no idea what hit him.
    You should look after 4.d4 right away in stead of 4.c3
    He cannot take back with the bishop, positionally. If he takes with exd4, he blocks himself. Then you can hide behind your e-pawn with Bd3 and Nd2.
    Since you can determine when to push the e-pawn, he can just sit behind his own pawns and wait until you are ready for the attack and to open the position with e5.

  • At 1:33 PM, Blogger takchess said…

    Everyone thanks for your comments. Readers who haven't looked through HBF suggestion at the move 9 Qb3 should take a look now. This is an interesting move which I totally overlooked and even upon looking at the board did not quite see it. The check must be blocked by blacks knight otherwise a king move falls to a queen checkmate supported by the knight.

    Tempo, I think that d4 can be played and your points are valid. There is a case that 4. c3 is preferable in order to open the line for a queen diagonal. Do you think there is any harm in delaying d4?


  • At 3:56 PM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    Yes, c3 is very double edged since you make (too?) much pawnmoves and hence you develop (too?) slow. Once c3 is played, his pawn will no longer remain on d4 where it blocks blacks pieces.

  • At 4:14 PM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    Here you can find a game from me with black against the KG. When white is not very carefull with c3 his king will be murdered in bed.

  • At 4:18 PM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    must be game=944


    Or the pgn if you like that better

    1.f4 e5 2.e4 Bc5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bc4 d6 5.c3 Nf6 6.d3 O-O 7.Qe2 d5 8.exd5 exf4 9.Bxf4 Re8 10.Ne5 Nxe5 11.Bxe5 Bg4 {} 0-1

  • At 8:09 AM, Blogger Pawn Shaman said…

    That was a pretty awesome game. Fantastically aggressive, but maybe too much so. Either way you definately have a solid grasp of the kings gambit opening.

  • At 8:51 AM, Blogger Loomis said…

    The 9. Qb3 line is very tricky and white must see a lot of variations to know that it is best. Simply seeing that it is winning the knight because the knight must interpose isn't good enough, because you are already winning the bishop on g4 with 9. Nxg4. So, for 9. Qb3 to be better, you have to be getting more than a piece.

    One possibility is 9. Qb3 Nd5 and since the knight is pinned you can take try to take the bishop and then the knight, 10. Nxg4, but there are still a few dangerous responses:

    10. ... Qh4+ forking the king and knight on g4 and making the king uncomfortable: 11. Kd1 Qxg4+ 12. Kc2 Qxe4+ saves the knight on d5; 11. Ke2 Qxg4+ 12. Kd3 leaves the king in the middle of the board; 11. Kf1 might be safe enough, but 11. g3 is probably right. If 11. ... Qxg4 12. Qxd5+ also attacks the c5 bishop. So Qh4+ can be met by g3.

    10. ... h5 attacking the g4 knight. 11. Ne5 Qh4+ followed by Qxe5 saving the d5 knight. 11. Nf2 Bxf2+ 12. Kxf2 Qh4+ and Qxe5, again saving the knight on d5. 11. Ne3 Bxe3 will also rescue the piece. So it's not clear that 9. Qb3 Nd5 10. Nxg4 is an improvement over 9. Nxg4.

    So maybe we try 10. exd5 instead. Since after 9. Qb3+ Nd5 10. exd5 we are threatening the bishop on g4 and a discovered check with d6. Here you have to see that 10. ... Bd6 11. Nxg4 Qh5+ can be met by 12. Nf2 which gets the knight out of the fork and, importantly defends the h1 rook so that Bg3 is not a threat. You also have to analzye all the lines that start with 10. ... Qe8 which both defends f7 and the g4 bishop by pinning the e5 knight and allows black to meet d6+ with Be6.

    I belive 9. Qb3+ is best because my computer tells me it is, but it is quite difficult to show over the board that it does better than the simple 9. Nxg4. It doesn't make a difference to the computer how many difficult and complex tactical lines there are, but for real people, every complex tactical line has the potential to be the one that ruins the idea.

  • At 9:58 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    Tempo, I think I will continue to play 4. d3 carefully while gallagher recommends this move with caution and Bc4 as an interesting alternative.

    Loomis, Interesting comment will look in depth tonight. Fritz set at 5 plys liked the Qb3. Computer liking it doesn't equate that I play it. but one thing going for it is it gives black a chance to misplay for possible mate>although this is somewhat hope chess.

    PShaman yes it is aggresive but passive play by white in the KG = death.

  • At 3:39 AM, Blogger wang said…

    Very nice game indeed. Would you happen to have a dumbed down directions on how to use the pgn viewer. I don't know if I'm using it correctly.

  • At 6:11 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    Hi Wang,

    On my sidebar is the Pgn viewer, if you cut the game then click on the PGN viewer link you should be able to paste it into the window. You can then select the game. I know this works with my explorer but recent issues with other using other browsers have had some issues. Some point I will figure out how to put the game into my post using other methods. I am somewhat challenged by this at the moment.

    good luck


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