Monday, January 19, 2015

Zilbermints Crushes Vasiukov King's Gambit

Lev Zilbermints wrote to me:
"I crushed GM Evgeni Vasiukov on the Internet Chess Club with the Adelaide Counter-Gambit in 25 moves. He tried the King's Gambit against me but was in for a surprise. The game started out 1 e4 e5 2 f4 Nc6 3 Nf3 f5!. Check it out!"

I replied: "Wow, 25 moves. Lev, you got a lot out of that position!"
Indeed, it is amazing how the entire Black army mounts a coordinated assault on the White king. The grandmaster opened up the kingside for an attack but was unable to talk his queenside pieces into joining the fray. Thus it was Black who got the attack.

This King's Gambit Declined variation 2.e4 Nc6 3.Nf3 f5 is one of my favorites. Black is able to throw the gambit right back at White in a lesser known line that has notched some impressive results. This 6.g4 move is not mentioned by John Shaw. It appears that Vasiukov is attempting to play a Classical King's Gambit Accepted reversed.

Vasiukov (2215) - Zilbermints (2184), ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 14.01.2015 begins 1.e4 e5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nf3 f5 4.exf5 e4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.g4 [The main line seems to be 6.Nc3 Qe7 (6...Bd6!?) 7.Ng4 Nxg4 8.Qxg4 Qf7=] 6...Bc5!? [6...Nd5!=] 7.g5 0-0 8.gxf6 [8.Nc3+/=] 8...Qxf6 9.Bc4+ Kh8 [Another idea is 9...d5 10.Bxd5+ Kh8 11.Qh5 Nxe5 12.fxe5 Qxe5 13.Bf7 Bxf5-/+] 10.Qg4 [A more aggressive approach seems to be 10.Qh5 Nxe5 11.fxe5 Qxe5 12.Bf7 d5 13.Rf1+/=] 10...d5 11.Ng6+? [11.Nxc6 Bxf5=] 11...Qxg6 12.Qxg6 hxg6 13.Bxd5 Nd4 14.Bb3 Nf3+ [Or 14...Bxf5-+ ] 15.Ke2 Bxf5 16.Nc3 Rae8 [Black has many ways to increase his advantage. 16...Bg4 17.h3 Nd4+ 18.Ke1 Bf3 19.Rf1 Bg2 20.Rf2 Bxh3-+] 17.Nd5 Nd4+ 18.Ke1 Nf3+ 19.Ke2 Bg4 20.Ne3 Nd4+ 21.Ke1 Bf3 22.Rg1 Bh5 23.Rf1 Nf3+ 24.Kf2 Rxf4 25.Kg3 Ref8 White resigns 0-1

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