In the 1974 I bought Tim Harding’s “Counter Gambits” book. In the King Pawn Ruy Lopez opening on page 81 he discussed 3.Bb5 d5 4.Nxe5 Qg5 5.Nxc6 Qxg2 6.Rf1 a6 7.Ba4 Bh3 8.Qe2 Qxf1+ 9.Qxf1 Bxf1 10.Kxf1 dxe4 “with a rough material balance (discovered checks are met by …b5). However, White’s position is surely preferable?”
I played my 3…d5!? vs Keith Hayward and others in non-rated games. Thomas Morris suggested I share my findings. Anders Tejler wrote me, “This is your chance to get a namesake if you do some analysis of the line and present a number of illustrations.”
In 1979 I wrote an article entitled “Original Analysis” for APCT News Bulletin. My improvement over the Harding line above was to play 6.Rf1 Bh3. Sometimes this is called the Sawyer Gambit. However later I discovered that a different line is best here with 6.Rf1 Qxe4+!
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