Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tony Miles vs Goring Gambit

My preferred approach to the Queens Knight Defence 1...Nc6 is to strike the center with 2…e5 or 2…d5 when reasonable. Here after 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5, White played the move 3.Nf3. This leads to the King Pawn openings Goring Gambit, Scotch Gambit and Scotch Game. Much has been written about these openings.

In the early 1970s, I got a very small pamphlet by David Levy on the Goring Gambit. I tried it on several occasions throughout the years 1972-77, mostly in blitz and offhand games. The Goring Gambit 4.c3 is a left-handed Blackmar-Diemer Gambit 4.f3.

In the Queens Knight Defence 1.e4 Nc6, Tony Miles tried many ideas against 3.Nf3 to reach lesser known positions. In this game Miles declined the Goring Gambit with 4…d3. Playing the White pieces was FIDE Master Dirk Troltenier from Germany.

Troltenier (2300) - Miles (2580), Bundesliga 1990 begins 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.Nf3 exd4 4.c3 [The main lines are 4.Nxd4 Nf6 (or 4...Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Bc4 0-0 8.0-0 d6=) 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Ba6 9.b3 g6=] 4...d3!? [There is a lot of theory for both the gambit accepted 4...dxc3 5.Nxc3 Bc5 6.Bc4 d6 7.0-0 Nge7=; and the gambit declined 4...d5 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.cxd4 Bg4 7.Be2 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 Bb4+ 9.Nc3 Qc4=] 5.Bxd3 d6 6.h3 Nf6 [or 6...g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Nbd2 0-0=] 7.0-0 Be7 8.c4 [8.Be3 Ne5 9.Nxe5 dxe5 10.Qc2 0-0 11.Nd2 Be6 12.Rad1 c6 13.Nf3 Qc7=] 8...Ne5 [Or 8...Nd7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Nd5 Bf6=] 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Be2 Re8 11.Nd4 c6 12.f4 [12.Be3+/=] 12...Ng6 13.Kh1 Bf8 14.Bd3 Qc7 15.Qf3 a6 16.a4 b6 17.Bd2 Bb7 18.Rae1 Rad8 19.Bc1 Nd7 20.Bc2 Be7 21.Nf5 Bf6 22.Qg3 Nc5 23.b4 Ne6 24.h4 Nd4 [24...h5!?] 25.Nxd4 Bxd4 26.h5 Nf8 27.Rd1 [27.Ne2 Bf6=] 27...Bf6 28.Bb2 [28.e5!+-] 28...Qe7 29.e5 dxe5 30.Rxd8 [30.Ne4=] 30...Qxd8 31.Rd1 Qe7 32.f5 e4 33.c5 [33.Ba1 c5-/+] 33...bxc5 [33...e3-+] 34.bxc5 Be5 [34...e3-+] 35.Qg4 Nd7 36.Qxe4 [36.Nxe4 Bxb2-+] 36...Nxc5 [36...Bc8-+] 37.f6 Nxe4 38.fxe7 Nf2+ 39.Kg1 Nxd1 0-1


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