Sunday, February 21, 2010

The King's Gambit, Muzio Variation

Vienna, 1903

1. e4, e5
2. f4, exf4
3. Nf3, g5
4. Bc4, g4
5. Nc3, gxf3
6. Qxf3, d5

With a material advantage, Black can afford to give up a pawn in order to gain time for development.

7. Nxd5, c6
8. Nxf4, Qf6

Threatening 9. ....Qd4 winning another piece if White castles.

9. c3, Bh6

Black had a better line in 9....Qh4+, 10. g3 Bg4, 11. Qf2 Qe7 etc.

10. d4, Ne7
11. 0-0, 0-0

12. Nd5 ......

A neat surprise.  Black has little choice, for on 12....Qxf3, 13. Nxe7+ regains the piece with a winning advantage. 

13. Qxf6, Nxf6
14. Bxh6 ....

If now 14......Nxe4, 15. Bxf8 Nd2, 16. Bxf7+ Kxf8, 17. Be6+ Nxf1, 8. Rxf1+ Ke7, 19. Bxc8 and the threat of Bxb7 is absolutely decisive.

14. .....N8d7
15. Bxf8, Kxf8
16. e5, Resigns

On 16......Nd5, 17. Bxd5 cxd5, 18. e6 Nb6, 19. Rxf7+ etc. not to mention an overwhelming position.  This little game abounds in bright ideas.

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