My new King's Gambit Playbook is a basic guide to a repertoire for White. You offer material in a gambit to gain big advantages against the normal moves of your opponent. A gambit increases the excitement and risk for both players. Your opponent will make more mistakes under pressure.
This gambit is well suited for players who like to attack. I've played it over 700 times from one side or the other. In 1972-74, Ray Haines and Graham Cooper used to play it against me all the time. Frustrated, I found what became my super solid system with the Caro-Kann and Slav Defence as Black and the London System as White.
By 1980, I played the Kings Gambit and then the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Those gambits fit me well. I scored better than ever. My Playbook series is meant for me. I write what I would want to know to play my opening well.
Alex Yakimenko defeated R. Kutschenko at the Basel Masters in early 2017 with a Kings Gambit Falkbeer Counter Gambit.
[My new King's Gambit Playbook is available in paperback.]
Yakimenko (2242) - Kutschenko (2101), Basel Masters 2017 Basel SUI (3.48), 03.01.2017 begins 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.Nc3 [The main line is 4.d3 Nf6 5.dxe4 Nxe4 6.Nf3 Bc5 7.Qe2+/=] 4...Nf6 5.Bc4 Bc5 6.d4 [6.d3!?] 6...Bb4 [After 6...exd3 White can choose between 7.Qxd3 (and 7.cxd3 0-0 8.d4 Bg4 9.Qd3 Re8+ 10.Nge2) 7...0-0 8.Nge2 Re8 9.h3] 7.Nge2 Nxd5 [Taking on d5 seems to be a reason for 6...Bb4, but maybe Black might want to try 7...Bg4!? ] 8.0-0! Nf6 9.f5! b6 [9...Nbd7 10.Bg5+/=] 10.Bg5 Bb7 11.Ng3 [11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Nd5 Bxd5 13.Bxd5 c6 14.Bxe4+/-] 11...Bxc3 12.bxc3 Qd6 [12...0-0 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Qg4+/-] 13.Nh5 [13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Qg4 0-0 15.Rae1+-] 13...Nxh5? [Now Black's game completely falls apart. 13...Rg8!? ] 14.Bxf7+ Kxf7 15.Qxh5+ Kf8 16.f6 g6 17.Qh6+ Kf7 18.Qg7+ Ke6 19.Qxh8 Nd7 20.Qxh7 Nf8 21.Qg7 Kd5 22.Qf7+ Kc6 23.Bf4 1-0
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