68. The Refutation of the King’s Gambit – Part 8

[Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "King's Gambit"] [Black "Schallopp Variation"] [Result "*"] [ECO "C36"] [Annotator "Wahls"] [PlyCount "54"] [EventDate "2019.12.04"] [SourceVersionDate "2002.05.06"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Nxd5 Qxd5 7. d4 Be7 {In the last posting we could see how the impulsive 8.c4
didn't do much but weaken the d-pawn. Now, we will take a look at a more
restraint approach.
a2)} 8. Bd3 {[#]} g5 $1 {Hanging on to the f-pawn also means restricting
the Bc1.} 9. O-O (9. Qe2 $6 {This has been played in the majority of cases,
but leads to no good.} Bf5 {[#]} 10. O-O (10. Bxf5 $2 Qxf5 11. g4 (11. c4 $2
Nc6 12. d5 O-O-O 13. O-O Bc5+ 14. Kh1 Rhe8 $19 {0-1 (32) Kislinsky,A (2430)
-Votava,J (2527) Czech Republic 2019}) (11. h4 Nc6 $1 12. hxg5 O-O-O $19) 11...
Qxg4 $146 (11... Qe6 $2 $15 {1-0 (27) Rubinstein,A-Kostic,B The Hague 1921})
12. Rg1 Qd7 13. Rxg5 Nc6 14. Bxf4 O-O-O {As White's king is in trouble,
material losses are inevitable.} 15. Rg3 (15. Rg2 Bb4+ $19 {[%cal Rh8e8,Rc6d4]}
) 15... Rhe8 16. O-O-O Bh4 $19) (10. c4 $2 Bxd3 11. Qxd3 Qe6+ $146 (11... Qd6
$2 {0-1 (37) Cabrera Pino,A (2407)-Castro Rojas,O (2359) Barranquilla 1999})
12. Kd1 Nc6 13. d5 O-O-O 14. Bd2 Qd7 $19 {[%csl Yd1,Yf4]}) 10... Nc6 11. c4 (
11. Bb5 $2 Qe6 $19 {1-0 (30) Bellette,A (2112)-Lopez de Jeronimo,F (1960) ICCF
email 2006}) 11... Qe6 $146 (11... Bxd3 12. Qxd3 Qd6 13. d5 Nb4 14. Qe4 Qg6 15.
Re1 Qxe4 16. Rxe4 {0-1 (41) Hund,B (2205)-Starr,N (2125) Luzern 1982} Kf8 $15)
(11... Qd7 $5 $146 12. d5 O-O-O 13. Bxf5 Qxf5 14. dxc6 Bc5+ 15. Kh1 Rhe8 16.
cxb7+ Kxb7 17. g4 Qxg4 18. Qc2 Qh3 19. Qg2 Qxg2+ 20. Kxg2 g4 $17 {[%cal Ge8e2]}
) 12. Qxe6 fxe6 13. Bxf5 exf5 14. d5 Nb4 15. Bd2 Rg8 $17 {White has no
compensation for the pawn, as Black's pieces are pretty active.}) (9. c4 Qd6 $1
$146 (9... Qe6+ {0-1 (23) Evans,K-Stoffers,B IECC email 1998}) 10. O-O Bg4 $17)
9... Bg4 {Developing and at the same time putting White's d-pawn under
pressure.[#]} 10. c3 (10. h3 $146 {The idea is to drive the bishop away from the
diagonal c8-h3. I will point out, where this is relevant.} Bh5 ({After} 10...
Bxf3 11. Qxf3 Qxd4+ 12. Kh2 Nc6 13. Bd2 Qd6 14. Bc3 Bf6 {White can save
himself by accurate play:} 15. Ba6 Nd4 (15... bxa6 $2 16. Rad1 $18) 16. Bxd4
Qxa6 17. Qc3 $1 Bxd4 18. Rfe1+ Kf8 19. Qxd4 Rg8 20. Rad1 $15) 11. c3 c5 (11...
Nc6 12. Qb3 $1 $15) 12. Qa4+ Kf8 (12... Nd7 $2 13. Ne5 $13 {With the bishop
still on g4, Black could now answer 13..Be6.}) 13. Bc4 (13. Qb3 Qxb3 14. axb3
cxd4 15. Nxd4 Bg6 $17) (13. Nxg5 Bxg5 14. Bxf4 Bxf4 15. Rxf4 Rg8 16. Be4 Qd7
17. Qc4 Na6 $17) 13... Qc6 (13... Qd6 $2 14. b4 $1 {[#] A resourceful way to
activate the queen.} cxd4 (14... cxb4 $2 15. Nxg5 Bxg5 16. Qb5 h6 17. Bxf4 $40)
15. Nxg5 $1 Bxg5 16. Qb5 h6 17. Bxf4 $1 Qb6 18. Qe5 Rh7 19. Bxg5 hxg5 20. Bxf7
$1 $11) (13... Qd7 $6 14. Qxd7 Nxd7 15. g3 Nb6 16. Bb3 (16. Bd3 $2 Bg6 17. Bxg6
hxg6 18. Kg2 Re8 $1 $17) 16... c4 17. Bc2 Bg6 18. Bxg6 hxg6 19. Kg2 Nd5 (19...
f6 20. gxf4 gxf4 21. Bxf4 Nd5 22. Nh2 Re8 23. Ng4 Bd8 24. Bd2 Re2+ 25. Rf2
Rxf2+ 26. Nxf2 Kf7 $15) 20. Ne5 Kg7 21. gxf4 f6 22. Ng4 f5 23. Ne5 gxf4 24.
Bxf4 Bf6 25. Rae1 Rae8 26. Bg3 b5 $15) 14. Qb3 (14. Bb5 Qb6 $17) 14... Nd7 (
14... Qc7 15. Be2 $1 {[%cal Rf3g5]} (15. h4 h6 16. g4 Bg6 17. h5 Bh7 18. Bxf7
Kg7 $17) 15... Bg6 16. h4 $1 h6 17. Ne5 Nd7 18. Nxg6+ fxg6 19. h5 (19. Qe6 Nf6
20. Bc4 Rh7 21. Bd2 Re8 $17) (19. Qc2 Rg8 $17) 19... Nf6 $1 (19... gxh5 $2 20.
Bxh5 Rh7 21. Bd2 Nf6 22. Bf3 $15) 20. hxg6 Bd6 21. Bd3 Kg7 22. Bd2 Rhc8 23. Qa4
(23. Bf5 Rf8 24. Rae1 Nh5 $19) 23... a6 24. Rae1 b5 25. Qd1 Re8 {[#] Black'
has a distinct advantage due to is kingside majority.}) 15. g4 (15. Bd2 Rd8 $17
) 15... Bg6 16. h4 h6 17. Bb5 Qd6 18. Bxd7 Qxd7 19. Ne5 Qc7 20. Bxf4 $1 (20. h5
$2 c4 $19) 20... gxf4 21. Rxf4 c4 22. Qb5 Kg7 23. h5 (23. Raf1 $2 Rhf8 $19)
23... Bg5 24. Rff1 Raf8 25. hxg6 f6 26. Qd7+ Qxd7 27. Nxd7 Re8 28. Rae1 b6 $17
{[#] White's knight is in trouble.}) 10... c5 $5 $146 {[#]} ({After} 10... Nc6
{1/2-1/2 (29) Khavsky,S-Pogats,J Budapest 1961} {White can limit Black's
advantage by playing} 11. Qb3 $1 $15) 11. Re1 {[#] Now, I failed
to find a clear advantage for Black. However, you can choose between 6
different ways to achieve a decent =+.} (11. Qa4+ $2 Nd7 12. Ne5 Be6 {That was my
motivation to analyze 10.h3.} 13. Bc4 (13. Re1 O-O 14. Qd1 h6 $17) 13... Qd6
14. Bxe6 fxe6 $17 {e.g.} 15. Nc4 Qc7 16. Re1 cxd4 17. cxd4 (17. Rxe6 Kf7 18.
Bxf4 gxf4 19. Rae1 Rhe8 20. Qb3 Kf8 $19) 17... O-O 18. Rxe6 $2 Rae8 19. Bd2 Nc5
20. Rxe7 Qxe7 21. dxc5 Qxc5+ 22. Kh1 b5 $19) 11... Bxf3 (11... Nc6 $5 12. Be4
Qd6 13. b3 (13. Qb3 $2 Bxf3 14. Bxf3 Rb8 $17) 13... cxd4 (13... O-O $5 14. Ba3
Qf6 15. dxc5 Qxc3 16. Rc1 Qa5 17. Bb2 Bxc5+ $15) 14. a4 $1 O-O-O 15. Bxc6 Qc7
16. Be4 dxc3 17. Qc2 Kb8 18. h3 h5 $1 19. a5 Rhe8 20. Kh1 Bxf3 21. gxf3 Bb4 $15
{White's dark-squared bishop is severely restricted.}) 12. gxf3 Nc6 (12... cxd4
$5 13. Be4 Qd7 14. Qxd4 Qxd4+ 15. cxd4 Nc6 $15) 13. b3 {The queen's bishop has
to be activated by all means. [#]} (13. Be4 $2 Qd6 14. dxc5 Qxc5+ 15. Kh1 Rd8
16. Qe2 Ne5 $17) 13... Qd7 (13... cxd4 $5 {steers the game into an attractive
endgame:} 14. Be4 Qd6 15. a4 Kf8 16. Ba3 Qf6 17. Bxe7+ Nxe7 18. Qxd4 Qxd4+ 19.
cxd4 Rd8 20. Bxb7 Nf5 21. Re5 Nxd4 22. Rxg5 Rd7 23. Bc8 Rd6 24. Kh1 (24. Bb7 $6
f5 {Black will move his king to f6 and his knight is already very actively placed.}) 24... Nxf3 25. Rh5
Nd4 26. Rf1 Rg8 $15) 14. Ba3 O-O-O 15. Be4 Rhe8 16. Qd3 c4 (16... Kb8 $6 17.
Qb5) 17. Bxc6 bxc6 (17... Qxc6 18. Qf5+ Qd7 19. Qxd7+ Kxd7 20. Bxe7 Rxe7 21.
Rxe7+ Kxe7 22. bxc4 b6 $15 {would be an good rook ending.}) 18. Qxc4 Bxa3 19.
Qa6+ Kb8 20. Qxa3 g4 {[#] Black's initiative forces White to find a couple of
only moves:} 21. Qc5 gxf3 22. Qh5 Rg8+ (22... Re3 $5 23. Rxe3 fxe3 24. Qxf3
Rg8+ 25. Kh1 Re8 26. Re1 Qe6 $15) 23. Kh1 f2 24. Rf1 (24. Re2 f5 25. Qf3 Rg4
26. Rxf2 Re8 27. Rg1 Re3 28. Rxg4 Rxf3 29. Rg8+ Kc7 30. Rxf3 Qd5 31. Rg7+ Kb6
32. Kg2 Qe4 $15) 24... Rg4 25. Qe5+ (25. Rxf2 $2 f5 26. Qh3 Re8 $19) 25... Kb7
26. Rxf2 Re8 27. Qc5 Re3 $15 {[#] White still has some problems to solve.} *

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