Thursday, July 14, 2016

King's Gambit by GM Van Foreest

What's new in the world of the King's Gambit? A search of 2016 in my database turned up a win by a grandmaster. Today GM Jorden Van Foreest is listed as the fourth highest rated active player Under 18 in the world and number one Under 18 in the Netherlands. That means we are likely to hear a lot more from him in the coming years.

Readers of my blog might remember the name Van Foreest. That is because his younger brother Lucas Van Foreest played against Grandmaster Nijboer in a Birds Opening.

The Van Foreest chess family has several current players and notable other players from generations going back maybe 100 years. Grandmaster Jorden Van Foreest won a King's Gambit in the Modern Variation. This prompted me to do a thorough study of that line.

My Chess Training Repertoire this Thursday covers the Kings Gambit. Sign up if you want to receive my weekly training repertoire by email.

Alik Tikranian as Black began with a Falkbeer Counter Gambit after 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5. He avoided the gambit of 3…e4!? Black continued 3...exf4 4.Nf3 Nf6. This move order reached the 2…exf4 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nf3 Nf6 line while it avoided 2...exf4 3.Bc4 line.

Van Foreest (2578) - Tikranian (2120), 43rd OKU 2016 Utrecht NED (6.2), 05.06.2016 begins 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 exf4 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bb5+ [5.c4=] 5...c6 6.dxc6 bxc6 [6...Nxc6=] 7.Bc4 Bd6 [The alternatives are 7...Nd5 or maybe 7...Qe7+!?] 8.0-0 [8.Qe2+!?] 8...0-0 9.Nc3 Bg4 10.d4 Nbd7 11.Kh1!? [11.Qd3=] 11...Nb6 [11...Qc7=] 12.Bb3 h6 [12...a5=] 13.Qd3 Re8 [13...Qc7=] 14.Ne5 Bxe5 15.dxe5 Qxd3 16.cxd3 Rxe5 17.Bxf4 Rh5 [17...Rae8 18.Bxh6+/=] 18.Kg1 Nbd5 19.h3 Be6 20.Ne2 Re8 21.Bd2 Re5 [21...Ne3!? 22.Rxf6 Bxb3 23.Rf2=] 22.Nd4 Bd7 [22...Ne3 23.Bxe3 Rxe3 24.Nxe6 fxe6 25.Rac1 Rxd3 26.Rxc6+/=] 23.Rac1 Ne3 24.Rf2 [24.Rf3 Nxg2 25.Kxg2+/-] 24...Nf5 [24...c5 25.Nf3+/-] 25.Nxf5 Rxf5 26.Rxf5 Bxf5 27.Rxc6 Bxd3 28.Rc7 Re2 [28...Bg6 29.Rxa7+/-] 29.Rxf7 Rxd2 [29...Kh8 30.Bc3+-] 30.Rxf6+ Kh7 31.Rd6 g6 32.Kh2 1-0

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