65. The Refutation of the King’s Gambit – Part 5

[Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "2019.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "King's Gambit "] [Black "Schallop Variation"] [Result "*"] [ECO "C34"] [Annotator "Wahls"] [PlyCount "44"] [SourceVersionDate "2002.05.06"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e5 Nh5 5. d4 d6 {[#] Attacking White's
vanguard is a very natural continuation, of course. Now, White has to deal
with the threat of 6..dxe5.} 6. Qe2 (6. Bc4 $2 d5 {This leads to the same
structure as after 6..d5 (last post), but now White is unable to attack
Black's center with 7.c4.} (6... Nc6 $5 7. O-O g6 $17) (6... dxe5 $4 7. Bxf7+
Kxf7 8. Nxe5+ Kg8 9. Qxh5 $16) 7. Be2 g5 8. O-O (8. c4 {Now, the counter is
useless, as Black already has his pawn on g5.} g4 9. O-O dxc4 10. Ne1 (10. Nc3
Nc6 $1 $19) 10... Nc6 11. Bxg4 Bxg4 12. Qxg4 Ng7 {Black's kingside has
crumbled, but queenside castling is near.} 13. Rxf4 (13. Nf3 Nxd4 14. Nc3 Nge6
15. Bxf4 h5 16. Qg3 Nf5 17. Qh3 Qd3 18. Bd2 O-O-O $19) 13... Ne6 14. Re4 Ncxd4
15. Nc3 h5 16. Qd1 (16. Qh3 Qd7 17. Be3 O-O-O 18. Rd1 c5 $19) 16... Qd7 17. Be3
O-O-O 18. Nf3 Nxf3+ 19. Qxf3 Qc6 $19 {1/2-1/2 (53) Tarmak,M (2034)-Bubnov,V
(2127) LSS email 2012}) 8... Rg8 9. Qd3 (9. c4 $6 dxc4 10. Bxc4 (10. Nc3 g4 11.
Ne1 Nc6 12. Bxc4 Qxd4+ 13. Qxd4 Nxd4 14. Nd5 Ne6 $19) 10... Nc6 11. Bb5 (11.
Nc3 g4 $19) 11... Rg6 12. Nc3 a6 $19 {0-1 (20) Hlavinkova,L (1605)-Winkler,M
(1204) LSS email 2013}) 9... Rg6 {[#] The rook will be very useful, both on
the g/h-file and on the 6th rank!} 10. Nh4 Rh6 11. Nf5 Bxf5 12. Qxf5 Ng7 13.
Qd3 c5 $1 {Even though Black is not fully develped, he can afford to attack
White's structure. Both, the monster rook and the Schallop-knight are
fantastically placed for this endeavor.} 14. g3 (14. Nc3 cxd4 15. Qb5+ (15.
Qxd4 Nf5 {Here he comes!} 16. Qf2 Nd7 $19) 15... Nc6 16. Nxd5 (16. Qxb7 $2 Rb8
$19 {doesn't work because of the king's rooks defensive powers.}) 16... a6 17.
Qxb7 Ra7 18. Qb3 Bc5 $19) 14... Nc6 $146 (14... fxg3 $2 {1-0 (23) Mladek,R
(2299)-Subramanian,A (2124) Pardubice 2018}) 15. gxf4 (15. c3 Ne6 {This is a
knight Nimzowitsch would have liked a lot. Actually, he recommended the Schallop
Variation in "Mein System".} 16. gxf4 gxf4 17. Qf5 Qh4 18. Bxf4 Nxf4 19. Qxf4
Qxf4 20. Rxf4 cxd4 21. cxd4 Nxd4 $19) 15... g4 $1 {[#] Beautiful! White can
choose, whether he wants to be destroyed by the rook on the h-file or on the
g-file.} 16. f5 (16. Bxg4 Rg6 17. h3 c4 18. Qd1 Nf5 19. Kh2 (19. c3 h5 $19)
19... Qh4 20. Rg1 Ncxd4 $19) 16... Rh3 $1 17. Qd2 (17. Qb5 a6 18. Qxb7 Na5 $19)
17... Qh4 $19) (6. Nc3 $2 dxe5 7. Nxe5 Qh4+ $17) (6. exd6 $6 Bxd6 $17) 6... d5
(6... dxe5 $6 {is inferior, but can lead to practical difficulties for White,
as there is only a long and narrow road to equality.} 7. Nxe5 (7. Qxe5+ $2 Qe7
8. Be2 Bg4 9. Bxf4 Nc6 10. Qxe7+ Bxe7 11. Be3 Nb4 12. Na3 O-O-O 13. O-O Nd5 14.
Bd2 Rhe8 {Black has successfully changed his material windfall profits for
positional superiority.} 15. Bc4 (15. Nc4 Bb4 $17) 15... Bxa3 16. bxa3 Ne3 17.
Bxe3 Rxe3 18. Bxf7 Nf6 19. Rad1 Rxa3 20. h3 Bxf3 21. Rxf3 Rxf3 22. Be6+ Kb8 23.
gxf3 Rd6 24. Bf7 c5 25. c3 Kc7 $17) 7... Qh4+ 8. g3 (8. Kd1 $2 Be7 9. Nf3 Qg4
10. Nc3 c6 $15) 8... Nxg3 9. hxg3 Qxh1 10. Bxf4 Bd6 11. Nc3 (11. Ng6+ $2 Be6
12. Nxh8 Bxf4 13. gxf4 Nc6 $19) 11... O-O 12. O-O-O Bh3 13. Nxf7 $1 {The only
move.} (13. Ne4 $2 Nd7 14. Nxd6 Nxe5 15. dxe5 cxd6 16. Qh5 Bg2 $17) 13... Bxf4+
14. gxf4 Nd7 (14... Rxf7 $4 15. Qe8+ Rf8 16. Bc4+) 15. Qc4 Rxf7 16. Qxf7+ Kxf7
17. Bc4+ Be6 18. Bxe6+ Kxe6 19. Rxh1 Nf6 20. Kd2 h5 21. Ke3 g6 22. Ne4 Re8 23.
Nxf6 Kxf6+ 24. Kf3 $11) 7. Nc3 (7. c4 $6 dxc4 8. Nc3 (8. Qxc4 c6 9. Qb3 Be7 10.
Be2 O-O 11. Nc3 Na6 $17) 8... Be6 9. d5 (9. Qe4 $2 c6 10. Bxf4 Nxf4 11. Qxf4
Be7 $19 {1/2-1/2 (40) Piraud,L-Jamey,P France 1992}) 9... Bxd5 10. Bd2 c6 11.
O-O-O g6 12. Nxd5 cxd5 13. e6 f6 14. Bc3 Nc6 15. Qd2 Qb6 16. Bxc4 (16. Qxd5 $2
Rd8 17. Qxc4 Rxd1+ 18. Kxd1 Bb4 19. Kc2 Ke7 $19) 16... Rd8 17. e7 (17. Bb3 Bc5
$17) 17... Bxe7 18. Bxd5 Nb4 19. Bxb4 Bxb4 20. Qc2 Kf8 $17) 7... Nc6 $1 {
[#] The only way to consolidate the advantage.} 8. Bd2 $146 {I am a straight
shooter and also analyze for the enemy. The only game with this position is
not very inviting for White:} (8. Qb5 $2 Bb4 9. Bd2 O-O 10. O-O-O a6 11. Qa4
Be6 $17 {0-1 (50) Eberth,Z (2108)-Korchut,A (1997) LSS email 2010}) 8... Bg4 9.
Qf2 Qd7 10. O-O-O Be7 11. Bb5 {Now, Black has to pay attention to the trick
e5-e6, clearing the square e5 for the knight.} (11. Ne2 g5 12. g3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3
g4 14. Qf2 f3 15. Nc3 f5 $17) (11. Kb1 O-O-O 12. Bb5 (12. g3 fxg3 13. hxg3 f6
14. Bb5 Qf5 $17) 12... Qe6 $15 {sees Black something like half a pawn up.} (
12... a6 $2 13. e6)) 11... a6 (11... O-O $2 {Committing the king to the
kingside too early, provides White with a clear target.} 12. g3 fxg3 13. hxg3
a6 14. Be2 f6 15. Qg2 $13) (11... O-O-O $4 {The queenside is not completely
safe either, in this very position:} 12. e6 Qd6 (12... Qxe6 13. Rde1 Qd6 14.
Bxc6 bxc6 15. Ne5 Be6 16. Qe2 {[%cal Re2h5,Re2a6]}) 13. exf7 $16) (11... g6 $5
{Overprotecting the knight and staying flexible with the king is possible. A true
King's Gambit-player, however, would now try to attack our king directly in the center:}
12. Nxd5 $1 (12. Ne2 a6 13. Bxc6 Qxc6 14. Nxf4 Bf5 15. Be3 Nxf4 16. Bxf4 h6 $15
) (12. e6 $2 Bxe6 13. Ne5 Qd6 $17) (12. Kb1 a6 13. Ba4 O-O 14. Bb3 Be6 15. g3
b5 16. Bxf4 Nxf4 17. gxf4 a5 18. a4 bxa4 19. Bxa4 Rab8 20. Nh4 Bxh4 21. Qxh4
Qe7 22. Qxe7 Nxe7 23. Bb3 Rb4 24. Rd2 Rfb8 $17) 12... Qxd5 13. c4 Qd8 14. d5 a6
15. dxc6 (15. Ba4 $2 b5 $19) 15... axb5 16. Bb4 Qc8 17. Bxe7 Qe6 (17... Kxe7 $2
18. e6 $1 $16) 18. cxb7 Qxc4+ 19. Qc2 Qxc2+ 20. Kxc2 Rb8 21. Bb4 Rxb7 22. Rd2
Ng7 23. Nd4 Ne6 24. b3 $1 g5 25. Kb2 Nxd4 26. Rxd4 h5 27. h4 Rg8 28. hxg5 Rxg5
29. Rxf4 Rxe5 30. Re1 Rxe1 31. Bxe1 Rb6 $15) 12. e6 (12. Ba4 $6 g6 $17 {
Now, there are no 13.Nxd5 tactics anymore and the bishop has lost contact with
the kingside.}) 12... Bxe6 13. Ne5 Qd6 14. Bxc6+ (14. Be2 $6 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Qxe5
16. Rhe1 O-O 17. Bf3 Qg5 18. h4 Qh6 19. Re5 Nf6 20. g3 Qg6 21. Bxf4 h5 22. Nxd5
Nxd5 23. Bxd5 Rad8 $17) 14... bxc6 {[#] White managed to create some chaos,
but is temporarily two pawns down.} 15. g4 (15. Qf3 $6 g6 16. Rde1 O-O 17. g4
fxg3 18. hxg3 f6 19. Nd3 (19. Nxg6 hxg6 20. Rxh5 gxh5 21. Qxh5 Qxg3 22. Ne2 Qg7
23. Rg1 Qxg1+ 24. Nxg1 Rf7 25. Nf3 Rh7 26. Qg6+ Rg7 27. Qh6 Bg4 28. Ne1 Kf7 $17
) 19... Rf7 20. Ne2 (20. g4 Qg3 21. Qxg3 Nxg3 22. Rhg1 Ne4 23. Nxe4 dxe4 24.
Rxe4 Bd5 $17) 20... Qd7 21. Nf2 Bd6 22. g4 Ng7 23. Nf4 Bxf4 24. Bxf4 Re8 25.
Rh6 Ree7 {The 7th rank is safe.} 26. Reh1 $6 Ne8 $17) 15... f6 ({After} 15...
fxg3 16. hxg3 Nf6 {White can escape into an ending with opposite colored
bishops:} 17. Bf4 Rb8 18. a3 c5 19. Nxf7 Qb6 20. Na4 Qc6 21. Nxh8 Qxa4 22. Rde1
Ne4 23. Rxe4 dxe4 24. Ng6 Qxd4 25. Qxd4 cxd4 26. Nxe7 Kxe7 27. Rd1 $15) 16. Nc4
(16. Nxc6 $6 Ng3 {Un caballo desperado.} 17. hxg3 fxg3 18. Qe2 Qxc6 19. Rhg1
Kd7 $17) 16... dxc4 17. gxh5 O-O (17... g5 18. hxg6 hxg6 19. Bxf4 Qd7 20. Rde1
Kf7 21. h4 Rae8 22. a3 Rh5 $15) 18. Rhg1 Rf7 19. Bxf4 Qd7 20. h6 (20. Rde1 $6
Bf8 21. h4 Bf5 $17) 20... g6 21. h4 Rd8 22. a3 Bf8 {[#] with a decent
advantage to Black.} *

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