Thursday, October 11, 2018

Kings Gambit Ray Haines Wins

Ray Haines played the Kings Gambit against me when we were young and on the way up. He read books and learned specific variations. Nowadays Haines prefers openings based on general principles rather than having to remember exact lines. He enjoys easy wins vs club players and seems happy with his approach. Ray Haines returned to his Kings Gambit roots. He encountered excitement on his way to finding a mate in two.

My book King Pawn 1.e4 e5 (Second Edition) has 285 games with the Open Games.

Haines - Neboska (1547), Live Chess, 18.07.2018 begins 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 d6 5.0-0?! [5.h4! g4?! 6.Ng5 Nh6 7.d4 f6? 8.Bxf4 fxg5 9.Bxg5 Qd7 10.0-0+/-] 5...g4 [5...h6 6.d4 Bg7=/+] 6.d3?! [6.Ne1!+/=] 6...gxf3 7.Qxf3 Qf6!? 8.Nc3 c6 [8...Ne7!?=/+] 9.Bxf4 Bh6? [9...Be7=/+]
10.Qh5?! [10.Qg3!+-] 10...Bxf4 11.Rxf4 Qxf4 12.Rf1 Bg4 [12...Qh6 13.Qxf7+ Kd8-+] 13.Bxf7+ Ke7 [13...Kd7!-+] 14.Qh4+ Qf6 15.Qg3? [15.Rxf6 Nxf6 16.h3=] 15...Qd4+ 16.Kh1 Nf6 17.Bb3 Nbd7 18.h3 Be6 [18...h5!-+] 19.Qg7+ Kd8 20.Qxh8+ Kc7 21.Qxa8 Bxb3 22.axb3 Nb8 23.Ra1 [23.Ne2!+-] 23...a6 24.Ra4 Qf2 25.Rc4? Nh5 [25...Qe1+! 26.Kh2 Ng4+! 27.hxg4 Qh4+ 28.Kg1 Qe1+ draws] 26.Nd5+ Kd7? 27.Qxb7+ and mate in two. 1-0

London 2.Bf4 Playbook: How to begin. London 2.Bf4 Tactics: How to win quickly.
Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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