Battling on With the Kings Gambit

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    TWIC THEORY Tuesday 5th April, 2005 BATTLING ON IN THE KING’S GAMBIT: NEW IDEAS IN THE KIESERITZKY By IM Bernd Rechel Bernd Rechel is an International Master with a current rating of 2408. He qualified for the title in 2001 and is currently playing for Wood Green in the 4NCL and for Hofheim in the German Bundesliga. Bernd has played the King’s Gambit for many years, with many exciting wins and very few losses. He is 35 years old and has been living in London since 2001 with his wife and one daughter. Spassky,Boris V (2551) - Fressinet,Laurent (2575) [C39] Paris Paris (2.2), 06.04.2001 In the 1990s, the King's Gambit has experienced a remarkable renaissance. Thanks to such pioneers as Joe Gallagher, a number of strong grandmasters have occasionally taken up this opening, including Morozevich, Grischuk, Short and Nunn. Alexei Fedorov, a grandmaster above the Elo 2600 threshold, even used the King's Gambit consistenly in his practice. Some people at the time went so far as to suggest that 2.f4 would have been a suitable weapon for Kasparov to avoid the Berlin wall in his match against Kramnik in 2000. The hearts of King's Gambit fans lept when Alexei Fedorov was invited to the tournament in Wijk aan Zee in 2001. Finally someone would dare to take on the strongest players in the world with this romantic opening!  Against Anand in round 4, Fedorov had the first chance to play the King's Gambit. However,  Anand easily equalised in a line of the Kieseritzky Gambit. In round 6, things got even worse, when Fedorov's King's Gambit was convincingly crushed by Ivanchuk. When Fedorov was confronted with 1...e5 by Kramnik in a later round, he did not dare to move his f-pawn again and has only played the gambit sporadically since. Many other grandmasters also have stopped toying with this opening.   Are we standing again at the Sickbed of the King's Gambit , as Rudolf Spielmann's famous article in 1924 was titled? I think the jury is still out. It is true that Black's play has been vastly improved over recent years, but many alternatives for White have still to be tested in practice. Brave volunteers needed! 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 3...g5 is the most principled reply to the King's Gambit. It has been chosen in recent years by  Anand, Ivanchuk, Shirov and Adams. 4.h4 4.Bc4 is the principal alternative to 4.h4. The disadvantage of this move is that Black will be able to consolidate his pawn chain with Bg7 and h6. According to Gallagher, the best White can hope for is an equal game. 4...g4 5.Ne5 The Kieseritzky Gambit, heart and soul of the King's Gambit (Gallagher), has developed into the main theoretical battlefield of this opening. The Allgaier Gambit 5.Ng5?! h6! 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 does not offer White enough for the piece, but can be a tricky choice in practical play. 5...Nf6 The Berlin Defence. 5...d6 will be considered in the following games. White does not need to be afraid of the alternatives 5...h5 (the long whip ), 5...Bg7, 5...d5, 5...Qe7 or 5...Nc6. 6.d4 The more aggressive 6.Bc4 is considered playable by Gallagher, but has not featured prominently in games of strong players. Possible is now 6...d5 7.exd5 Bd6 (  The alternative 7...Bg7 may be stronger.  ) 8.d4 Nh5 (8...0–0 9.Bxf4!? Nh5 10.g3 f6 11.Nxg4 Qe8+ 12.Kd2 Nxf4 13.gxf4 Bxf4+ 14.Kc3+/- is given by both Gallagher and McDonald.  ) 9.Bb5+!? c6 10.dxc6 bxc6 11.Bc4 Bxe5 12.dxe5 with equal chances according to Gallagher.  6...d6 7.Nd3 Nc6!? Until recently, 7...Nxe4 was almost played automatically. After 8.Bxf4 Bg7 (8...Qe7 used to be the old main variation, but after Gallagher's 9.Be2!? (  also possible is 9.Qe2 ) 9...Bg7 White has good chances, for example 10.Nc3!? Bxd4 11.Nd5 Qd8 12.c3 Be6 13.Qa4+ Nc6 14.cxd4 Bxd5 15.Nb4 Nf6 16.Bg5 Bxg2 17.Rh2 with a total mess, Henris-Goossens, Charleroi 1994) 9.c3 (  Bangiev recommends 9.Qe2!? Qe7 10.c3; or 9.Be2!? h5 10.Nc3) 9...0–0 10.Nd2 Re8 11.Nxe4 Rxe4+ 12.Be2 (12.Kf2 c5!‚) 12...g3 13.Kd2 c5 14.Bg5 and in this unclear position, I would prefer the White pieces, as in the game Rechel-Wortel, Groningen 1998; 7...Nh5!? is another move that has been discovered in recent years and will be considered in the next game.; 7...f3 has been played in Spassky-Xie Jun, Monaco 1994, but does not appear to be critical. In his 1996 book on the King's Gambit, Bangiev recommends the reply 8.Nc3!? Nc6 9.Bg5 (9.Be3!?) 9...h6 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.Nd5 Qd8 12.N3f4 with initiative. 8.c3 8.d5 is the main alternative. After 8...Ne5 9.Bxf4 Ng6! (  Weaker was 9...Qe7?! 10.Nc3 h5 as in Hartmann-Bettermann, corr 1990. With 11.Nxe5! dxe5 12.Bg5 White could have achieved a clear plus.  ) 10.Nc3 (10.Bg5 h6 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.h5 Ne5 13.Nc3 deserves attention.  ) 10...Nxf4 11.Nxf4 Bh6!? 12.Bb5+ c6! (  but not 12...Bd7 13.Bxd7+ Qxd7 14.0–0 and White is fine  ) 13.dxc6 0–0 14.cxb7 Bxb7 15.Nfd5 Bxd5 16.Nxd5 Nxd5 17.Qxd5 Qb6 18.Qf5 d5! with compensation followed in Rechel-Ibragimov, 2.BLO 2000/2001 8...Nxe4 9.Bxf4 d5 10.Be2!?N    An improvement over 10.Nd2?! Bd6 11.Ne5 0–0 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Qc2 Qf6 14.Bg5 (14.Qxe4 Bf5 15.Qe3 Rae8-/+) 14...Qf5 15.Nxc6 Bg3+ 16.Kd1 bxc6 17.Bc4 Bf2 18.Qe2 Be6 19.Rf1 g3-/+ Fedorov-Ivanchuk, Wijk aan Zee 2001 10...h5 11.Qc1 Bd6 Fritz suggests 11...Ne7!? directed against Qe3, but after 12.Nd2 Nf5 13.Nxe4 dxe4 14.Ne5 White seems to be OK. 12.Qe3 Bf5 13.Nd2 Qe7 14.Nxe4 Qxe4 15.Kd2 0–0–0 16.Bxd6 Qxe3+ 17.Kxe3 Rxd6 18.Nf4 Ne7 19.Bd3  A typical King's Gambit endgame has arisen: in view of the poor Black pawn structure on the kingside, White has good compensation for the pawn, but nothing more. 19...Kd7 20.Raf1 Rhh6 21.g3 Bxd3 22.Kxd3 c6 23.Rh2 ½–½   Shabalov,Alexander (2566) - Smagin,Sergey (2583) [C39] Bad Wiessee (5), 27.10.1999 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.d4 d6 7.Nd3 Nh5!?N
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